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Article published 20/10/2020

Last updated 21 October 2020 - the Coronavirus Restrictions Fund is open.

Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop outlined details of a £40 million fund to help businesses affected by temporary restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Coronavirus Restrictions Fund will provide one-off grants of up to £3,000, depending on rateable value, to bars, restaurants and other businesses required to close by regulations.

A hardship fund with grants of up to £1,500 will support some businesses that remain open but are directly impacted by the restrictions, including those in the direct supply chains of firms that closed on 9 October.

In addition, up to £9 million of funding will help with the costs of re-furloughing staff by supporting the 20% salary contribution required by the UK Government.

A discretionary fund of up to £11 million will help businesses that need support but don’t fall into other categories. 

The plan has been developed following discussions with business groups, trades unions and local authorities.

Grants will be distributed by local authorities. Up to £2,000 will be payable to businesses with a rateable value of up to £51,000 that are required to close by law, for those with a rateable value of £51,001 or above the grant will be £3,000.

Payment mechanisms for additional support on top of grants to support the top up costs of furlough currently met by business are being identified.

New details on eligibility are now available on the Scottish Government website. 

How to apply

The Scottish Government is working alongside local authorities to administer the fund and ensure efficient and effective application, processing, payment and appeal arrangements - and access to the information and advice you may need.

To apply please visit your local authority websiteApplications will close at 5pm on Tuesday 3 November.

Further detail on eligibility and how to apply for the fund can be found on the Scottish Government website. As of 21 October 2020 the measures have been extended for a further week until 6am on Monday 2 November. The business support fund has been adjusted  accordingly.