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The Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers is re-opening at 2pm on Tuesday 2 March 2021

The Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers, including the Screen Hardship Fund, will re-open for applications at 2pm on Tuesday 2 March 2021, and close at 2pm on Tuesday 22 March 2021.

There will be a total of £9 million of Scottish Government funding available - The fund will be open to both new and previous applicants to apply for up to £2,000 through the online application portal. This fund is administrated by Creative Scotland.

Full fund guidance, including edibility criteria, will be available from 2pm on Tuesday 2 March 2021.

Mobile And Home Based Close Contact Services Fund [LIVE]

The Mobile Close Contact Fund is for mobile and home-based close contact service businesses – such as make-up artists and hairdressers – as well as registered driving instructors. £4,000 grants available to successful applicants. 

Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund [LIVE]

£4,000 grants available to successful applicants. 

Events Industry Support Fund 2 [Live from 18 February]

This £3.9 million fund is being delivery by VisitScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, with development input from the Event Industry Advisory Group (EIAG).

The fund is open to new applicants who were ineligible to apply to the Events Industry Support Fund launched in August 2020.  It will provide financial support to Scottish businesses operating across the events industry, that are still facing hardship as a result of COVID-19, to help keep them in business while restrictions on events are still in place, so that they are able to support the delivery of events in Scotland when restrictions are lifted.

Exclusive Use Grant [LIVE]

This fund provides financial support for exclusive use properties in Scotland that have been impacted by the single household restrictions during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Exclusive use businesses are eligible for one-off grants of £10,000 if they:

  • pay non-domestic rates
  • have been evaluated by the Scottish Assessors Association as an "exclusive use venue" providing overnight accommodation in their main building, in lodges at the property, or a combination of both

Local authorities will identify and invite eligible businesses to register for payment from 15 February 2021. There is no need to apply.

Large Self-Catering Grant [LIVE]

This fund is for larger self-catering properties in Scotland that have been impacted by the single household restrictions during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The grant will make one-off payments of £2,000 to eligible applicants.

Local authorities will identify and invite eligible businesses to register for payment from 15 February 2021. There is no need to apply.

Covid-19 Recovery Support for Scottish Recycling Businesses [LIVE]

Zero Waste Scotland is offering businesses based in Scotland one-to-one consultancy support to help them deal with the issues created by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and help maximise their recycling and recovery opportunities.

They are offering free support in the following areas:

  • Development of adapted business plans and marketing initiatives for the waste and resource management sector
  • Consultancy advice to examine opportunities to diversify existing waste and resource management business models
  • Advice and training on meeting the challenges of bringing businesses back with operational restrictions
  • Support to look at future business opportunities and building resilience into the sector
  • Support is capped at six days of expert support per business

Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme [LIVE]

The Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme is aimed at charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations that are supporting people and communities through lockdown and recovery. As well as providing ongoing crisis support, they will help plan and implement changes to adapt and thrive in a very different social and economic climate. The Programme will have two strands:

  • Adapt and Thrive Programme (Deadline 31 March)
  • Communities Recovery Fund (Deadline 12 Feb)

Seafood Producers Resilience Fund [Deadline 26 February]

The Seafood Producers Resilience Fund will provide support to eligible shellfish catchers and eligible shellfish and trout aquaculture businesses. The funding aims to help businesses which have lost access to domestic and international food markets as a result of Covid-19 and the difficult trading conditions that have resulted from the end of the transition period following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.  Grants are subject to a cap of £45,600 per undertaking and a maximum of £22,800 per vessel.

Scotland Coach Operators COVID19 Business Support and Continuity Fund [LIVE]

The £10 million fund is being delivered on behalf of the Scottish Government by VisitScotland, with development, input and criteria setting from the Confederation of Passenger Transport. VisitScotland is the awarding body for this Fund.  This is a one-off fund to help support coach tour operators while restrictions on travel are still in place, and to help prepare for recommencing operations when restrictions are lifted.

This Fund will not support the cost of operating public bus services, or businesses whose income is mainly derived from non-tourism sources

Visitor Attractions Support Fund [Deadline 18 February]

The £10 million fund is being delivered by VisitScotland, on behalf of Scottish Government and has been developed with input from the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA).

The COVID-19 lockdown, travel guidance, and current social distancing measures continue to place visitor attractions under considerable financial strain. The purpose of this fund is to help ensure the survival of visitor attractions which play an important role in both the tourism industry and in local communities in Scotland.

Visitor attractions will be able to apply for grants of up to £50,000 dependent on turnover.

Temporary Restrictions Fund for Childcare Providers [Deadline 1 March]

The Temporary Restrictions Fund will provide support to childcare services that are currently only permitted to open to look after vulnerable children or those of key workers.

The fund will help offset the reduction in income resulting from operating below capacity and ensure these services can remain open. Grant amounts will vary according to the number of Care Inspectorate registered places in each childcare setting.

The fund is administered by local authorities.

Museums and Galleries Scotland Recovery and Resilience Fund [Deadline 19 February]

Independent museums can apply for support to help them recover from the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. This funding will support operating costs and projects that build resilience and sustainability.

Scottish Government Business rates
A full year’s 100% non-domestic rates relief for retail, hospitality and tourism. The rates relief is available to non-domestic properties from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. Retail, hospitality, leisure and aviation businesses will have their relief extended for at least an additional three months (announced in Scot Govt draft budget 2021).

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme [Details to be announced 3 March 2021]

If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, you can apply for a taxable grant equal to 80% of your average monthly trading profits. The grant will be paid out in a single instalment and capped at £7,500 altogether.  Next instalment to cover period from 1 February 2021 until 30 April 2021

Glasgow City Council - COVID Business Hardship Fund [LIVE 5 – 19 February]

Glasgow City Council has approved a proposed COVID Business Hardship Fund to support businesses who have fallen through the cracks of previous or existing government grant schemes.  This grant will aim to provide financial hardship payments to any business who has not received government support since the Brake Restrictions programme in October 2020.

The fund will offer three levels of payment based on company size: £9,000 for businesses employing between 25 and 50 staff; £6,000 for businesses employing between 10 and 24 staff; and £3,000 for businesses employing 9 staff or less.

Eligibility for the grant will be based on hardship, and covers: businesses in premises and on the NDR (non-domestic rates) list as the eligible ratepayer (not landlords); tenants and occupiers of premises operating a business who can provide a valid lease; and self-employed and sole traders who do not qualify for any of the other schemes and who can demonstrate -through audited accounts - financial detriment in the last 12 months.

Those sectors currently excluded from the Strategic Framework Business Fund will also be considered, such as supply chain manufacturing, elements of the service industry affected by footfall or loss of income through cancellations, for example laundry services, and sections of retail where legislation allows premises to remain open, but business is affected by footfall or reduced orders.  In addition, applications from third sector organisations and social enterprises who employ staff will be considered.

Businesses who have already received support through other schemes are not eligible for assistance from the Business Hardship Fund, including events and tour guides and those businesses eligible for other funds either recently launched or due to be launched by government.

£7.3 million for travel agents, brewers and indoor football centres [LIVE]

From today (27 Jan), local authorities will start to approach brewers, travel agents and indoor football centres inviting them to claim grants:

  • £10,000 for premises which have a rateable value of up to and including £18,000
  • £25,000 for premises which have a rateable value of £18,001 or above
  • £30,000 for brewers only operating a property with a rateable value of over £51,000 or production over 5,000HL in 2019

Councils will brief around 400 eligible businesses on their potential entitlement and ask them to provide supporting information and bank account details. Owners do not need to apply, or contact the local authority.

Please find eligibility criteria here

Scottish Wedding Industry Fund [LIVE]

The new fund aims to provide support to businesses whose main income comes from the wedding and civil partnerships industry, which has been significantly impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s provided by the Scottish Government and administered by Scottish Enterprise, South of Scotland Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

The fund offers a fixed grant amount based on turnover:

  • A £5,000 grant for businesses with a pre-COVID-19 turnover between £10,000 and £49,999
  • A £10,000 grant for businesses with a pre-COVID-19 turnover between £50,000 and £99,999
  • A £15,000 grant for businesses with a pre-COVID-19 turnover between £100,000 - £249,999
  • A £25,000 grant for businesses with a pre-COVID-19 turnover of more than £250,000

The fund is aimed at businesses that support the wedding sector and a full list can be viewed here

Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund [LIVE]

Second round of the Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund and is intended to prevent music venues from closing permanently before end June 2021.  The fund is for applications of between £10k and £70k.

It is open to 2 groups:

  • Those grassroots music venues that received funding in the first round
  • Other grassroots music venues (i.e. those playing mainly original material and developing new talent), that did not receive funding in the first round

Coronavirus (Covid-19): Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund [LIVE]

One-off grant payments of £1,500.  This support is separate from and in addition to any other funding received from the Scottish or UK Government, for example the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme and the COVID-19 Public Transport Mitigation Fund.

Eligible if you are a taxi or private hire driver and have been licensed from 9 October 2020 to at least 31 January 2021. This does not include drivers whose licenses were suspended on or before 31 December 2020 and that remains current and valid.

You do not need to apply – your local authority will get in touch with you by letter, email or other communication method from week commencing 18 January.

Update to taxi grant criteria

  • Taxi and private hire drivers who have received state benefits at any time since March last year will now be eligible for a £1,500 business support grant as long as they meet the remaining criteria.
  • Business Minister Jamie Hepburn confirmed that the change would come into effect immediately to ensure that drivers on the lowest incomes can access support.

Extending support for hospitality, retail and leisure  [LIVE] 

A significant top-up to the grant support available for hospitality, retail and leisure businesses across Scotland closed by level 4 restrictions will be paid following an announcement by Finance Secretary Kate Forbes (11 Jan).

In addition to the grants businesses receive through the Strategic Business Framework Fund, eligible businesses will also get a one off grant of:

  • £25,000 for larger hospitality businesses on top of the 4-weekly £3,000
  • £6,000 for smaller hospitality businesses on top of the 4-weekly £2,000
  • £9,000 for larger retail and leisure businesses on top of the 4-weekly £3,000
  • £6,000 for smaller retail and leisure businesses on top of the 4-weekly £2,000

In most cases, eligible businesses that have already applied for the 4-weekly payment from the Strategic Framework Business Fund will get an automatic top-up.  For the majority, this top-up will be combined with the next tranche of payment for the Strategic Framework Business Fund due to go to businesses on 25 January.

Businesses that haven’t yet applied for either of these funds should submit an application as soon as possible through their local authority website. Applications are now open.

Glasgow City Council Discretionary Fund

The South Lanarkshire Council Discretionary Fund [LIVE] 

The North Lanarkshire Council Discretionary Fund [LIVE from 9 Feb 2021] 

COVID19 – Strategic Framework Business Fund

Following Glasgow and the wider city region moving into Level 4 restrictions, please see below a list of business sectors which are now eligible to apply for the Strategic Framework Business Fund along with application links to local authority websites.

Temporary closure grant - £2,000 or £3,000 (depending on rateable value) if your business is required to close by law

Business restrictions grant - £1,400 or £2,100 (depending on rateable value) if your business can remain open but is specifically required to modify its operations by law, for example having to close earlier than normal. 

Information for local authorities

Businesses/premises required to close and eligible for a temporary closure grant:

Level 4

  • accommodations - hotels, B&Bs, self-catering, caravan and camp sites
  • hospitality - restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars, social clubs
  • retail - non-essential retail (exclusions)
  • close contact services - hairdressers, beauticians, tailors
  • sport and exercise - indoor gyms, swimming pools, dance studios, exercise class/yoga studios
  • leisure and entertainment - cinemas, arcades, soft play, funfairs, indoor bowling, theatres, comedy clubs, concert halls, sport stadiums, conference or exhibition centres, snooker/pool halls, casinos, bingo halls, nightclubs
  • visitor attractions

Local authorities applications

Flexible Workforce Development Fund 2020-21

All Scottish employers, including SME's can now access training up to the value of £5,000 to support the retraining and upskilling of employees, delivered by Open university.

Pivotal Enterprise Fund [FUND CLOSED]

Culture Collective Fund  [FUND CLOSED]

Support for nightclubs and soft play [Businesses eligible for the Nightclub and Soft Play Area fund will have now been contacted directly by Glasgow City Council via email]

Coronavirus restrictions fund (Scottish Government) [FUND CLOSED]

£14 million Hotel Recovery Programme [FUND CLOSED]

Culture and Heritage Emergency funding [FUND CLOSED]

£6 million fund launched to support the events industry [FUND CLOSED]

Self catering support  [FUND CLOSED]

Third Sector Resilience Fund [FUND CLOSED]

£100m business support fund for self employed and SMEs [FUND CLOSED]

£38 Million Support Package For High Growth Companies [FUND CLOSED] 

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