Business Support Grant

ABOUT THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT CORONAVIRUS BUSINESS SUPPORT FUND

The Scottish Government Coronavirus Business Support Fund is being administered by Local Authorities. It consists of the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.

Eligible business ratepayers can apply for these grant funds up until 31 March 2021. The grants are aimed at helping to keep small and medium-sized companies in business and keep productive capacity so that they can recover. Their intention is to:

  • Protect jobs;
  • Prevent business closure;
  • Promote economic recovery.

This Fund is part of a suite of measures designed to support businesses experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19. To support as many different types, sizes, and sectors of business as is possible, recipients of one Fund may not be eligible to receive support from another. Businesses are encouraged to refrain from claiming additional grant support unless absolutely necessary and, when making this determination, to consider on the Scheme's objectives above.

SMALL BUSINESS GRANT FUND - Who's eligible?

Ratepayers of businesses located in a non-domestic property on 17 March 2020 can apply to access a support fund and receive a small business support grant of £10,000 if they are:

  • In receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS);
  • In receipt of Rural Relief or;
  • Eligible for SBBS but in receipt of Nursery Relief, Disabled Relief, Fresh Start Relief, Business Growth Accelerator Relief, Enterprise Areas Relief, Discretionary Sports Relief, or Charitable Rates Relief.

From 5 May 2020, ratepayers with multiple business properties meeting these criteria are eligible to receivea one-off grant of £10,000 for their first property, and £7,500 for each subsequent qualifying property. These are only available to ratepayers whose premises were occupied on 17 March 2020 for the business uses specified.

From 5 May 2020, new arrangements will enable ratepayers of properties in the Retail, Hospitality, and Leisure sectors & previously ineligible for support to access the Small Business Grant Fund. Ratepayers operating properties in Retail, Hospitality, and Leisure where individual rateable values do not exceed £18,000 and cumulative rateable value is between £35,001 -£51,000, will now be able to apply for the Small Business Grant Fund for each of their Retail, Hospitality or Leisure properties.

RETAIL, HOSPITALITY, AND LEISURE GRANT FUND - Who's eligible?

Ratepayers of businesses in the Retail, Hospitality, and Leisure sectors operating in premises with a rateable value between £18,001 - £51,000 inclusive can apply for a Grant of £25,000.

From 5 May 2020, ratepayers with multiple business properties which meet these criteria are eligible to receive a one-off grant of £25,000 for their first property and £18,750 for each subsequent qualifying property. These are only available to a ratepayer whose premises were occupied on 17 March 2020 for the business uses specified.

Important Information

If you are not currently liable to pay Non Domestic Rates, i.e. you have not been sent a Rates Bill in your or your companies name, you cannot apply for a Grant until you register correctly. If your property's rateable value is under £18,000, you must also be in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Relief before any grant can be approved.

To register as the Ratepayer, you can either download the appropriate form and email the completed form together with a copy of your lease to business.rates@south-ayrshire.gov.uk , or email direct with the following information (please use Register for Rates as the subject in your email):

  • Your full name, contact address & a day time contact telephone number;
  • The full postal address of the property, including the postcode;
  • The date your tenancy/occupancy started, and
  • A copy of your lease.

If your property has a Rateable Value of under £18,000 you must also apply for the Small Business Bonus Scheme. Your Rateable Value can be checked at https://www.saa.gov.uk/

Find out more and apply at Coronavirus Business Support Fund

Applying for a grant and getting paid

Business Support Grant Information- Update for customers who have applied but have not received payment

Payments for the Business Support Grants are now being made by BACS within 10 working days of online forms being submitted (where a valid application is made).

We have now received 2016 applications for Business Support Grants. If you have applied and not received payment 10 working days' after submitting your application, we may need more information from you.

In the majority of cases we need more information if  you were not registered as a  Ratepayer on 17 March 2020.

To register as the Ratepayer, you can either download the appropriate form and email the completed form together with a copy of your lease to business.rates@south-ayrshire.gov.uk , or email direct with the following information (please use Register for Rates as the subject in your email):

  • Your full name, contact address & a day time contact telephone number;
  • The full postal address of the property, including the postcode;
  • The date your tenancy/occupancy started, and
  • A copy of your lease.

If you are not currently liable to pay Non- Domestic Rates, i.e. you have not been sent a Rates Bill in your or your company's name, you cannot apply for a Grant until you register correctly. If your property's rateable value is under £18,000, you must also be in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Relief (SBBR)  before any grant can be approved.

If your property has a Rateable Value of under £18,000 you must also apply for the Small Business Bonus Scheme. Your Rateable Value can be checked at https://www.saa.gov.uk/

Please make sure you have emailed a recent bank statement (detailing business transactions) or image of the nominated online account. The statement must be  dated within 3 months of the date of your application and sent to business.rates@south-ayrshire.gov.uk

Having sent us the required information, please do not send emails to request an update. This will allow our team to focus on processing your application as quickly as possible. If we need more information, we will contact you.

Types of properties/businesses who qualify

Small business grants - eligible properties 

See also Small Business Grants Ineligible properties

Retail, leisure & hospitality grants - eligible properties

Newly Self-employed Hardship Fund

Information on the Newly Self-employed Hardship Fund can be found on the Information for self employed people page.