Coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect most businesses in some way. If you're a local business looking for help, and your questions aren't answered below, Business Gateway Falkirk will be able to signpost you to advice and support.


    Strategic Framework Business Fund

    Businesses which continue to remain closed or are directly impacted by law, due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions may be eligible to apply to the following funds:

    • Business Temporary Closure Fund - a grant of £2,000 or £3,000 (depending on rateable value) for businesses required to close by law.

    • Business Restrictions Fund - a grant of £1,400 or £2,100 (depending on rateable value) for businesses that remain open but are specifically required to modify their operations by protective measures, eg your business is required by law to close earlier than normal.

    Both funds will be payable every 4 weeks in arrears for the duration measures are in place.

    The fund is now live. For more information visit our page on the Strategic Framework Business Fund.


    Business Adaptation Fund

    Maximum grant available £2,500. Please note, the applicant must cover the cost of the first £1,000 of spend.

    We recognise that some businesses will incur considerable additional costs to reopen their business and keep staff and public safe through the COVID-19 pandemic. This new fund is available to support those small and medium sized businesses where the costs of adaptations, social distancing and safety measures amounts to over £1,000.

    The fund can provide up to 50% of eligible costs where the first £1,000 is paid by the business to a maximum contribution of £2,500 and can support items such as property adaptations, the purchase of screens, PPE equipment, signage, street furniture and other social distancing measures.

    The table below provides examples of the level of grants which may be available through this scheme.

    Applicants spend Eligible spend over £1000
    (NB The applicant must cover the cost of the first £1000 of spend)
    Falkirk Council Grant/ Contribution
    £1500  £500  £250 
    £2000  £1000  £500 
    £2500  £1500  £750 
    £3000  £2000  £1000 
    £3500  £2500  £1250 
    £4000  £3000  £1500 
    £4500  £3500  £1750 
    £5000  £4000  £2000 
    £5500  £4500  £2250 
    £6000  £5000  £2500
    (maximum contribution)

    Please note this grant is for new spend that your business has to incur and can't be used for items already purchased.

    Eligibility criteria

    The business must have a dedicated business bank account (you will be required to provide the account details as part of the application process and this is the account your grant will be paid into if successful).

    • The business has not breached wider coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations/requirements
    • The business is not connected to a tax haven, as set out in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No. 2) Act 2020
    • Business must be classified as an Small Medium Enterprise (SME) – Less than 250 employees and turnover less than £45 million
    • Business must not be in any debt to the council eg Business rate arrears
    • The business must be operated on a full time basis
    • The business must operate from commercial premises within the Falkirk Council area, for which there is a signed lease/rental/licence agreement in place
    • At the time of submitting the application, the business cannot be in bankruptcy, liquidation or similar.
    • The business has not previously been awarded from the Business Adaptation Fund or the Business Resilience Fund. Businesses can only be awarded one grant from each of the funds.
    • The business is not a community groups, not for profit organisations, voluntary or charitable organisations (except social enterprises).

    For any queries in relation to this fund - please email:

    Business Resilience Fund

    We aim to support business change and development following the COVID-19 pandemic. The recent period of lockdown has forced many businesses to rethink their model of delivery or to focus on certain elements of their business which could help to sustain or grow the business over time.

    This fund provides financial assistance to help businesses meet their new business objectives. It can support plant, equipment and machinery expenditure (including IT), property expansion/improvements, exhibiting at a national trade show or the costs of developing innovative products or processes. The fund can provide up to 50% of eligible costs, up to a maximum contribution of £10,000.

    Please note this grant is for new spend that your business has to incur and can't be used for items already purchased.

    Eligibility criteria

    The business must have a dedicated business bank account (you will be required to provide the account details as part of the application process and this is the account your grant will be paid into if successful).

    • The business has not breached wider coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations/requirements
    • The business is not connected to a tax haven, as set out in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No. 2) Act 2020
    • Business must be classified as an Small Medium Enterprise (SME) – Less than 250 employees and turnover less than £45 million
    • Business must not be in any debt to the council eg Business rate arrears
    • The business must be operated on a full time basis
    • The business must operate from commercial premises within the Falkirk Council area, for which there is a signed lease/rental /licence agreement in place
    • At the time of submitting the application, the business cannot be in bankruptcy, liquidation or similar
    • The business has not previously been awarded from the Business Adaptation Fund or the Business Resilience Fund. Businesses can only be awarded one grant from each of the funds.
    • The business is not a community groups, not for profit organisations, voluntary or charitable organisations (except social enterprises).

    For any queries in relation to this fund, please email:

    Business Adaptation and Resilience Grants Frequently Asked Questions

    Can businesses apply for both grants?

    Yes, businesses can be awarded one grant from each grant fund – the Business Resilience fund and Business Adaptation fund.

    Can funding be claimed which have already been incurred by businesses?

    No, this must be new spend. Purchases must not be made, or committed to, prior to the grant being approved.

    Can training costs be included as expenditure?

    Training costs can be considered where they are part of the overall project costs and are directly relating to an investment.

    For example a business invests in new piece of machinery and staff require to be trained on this and there is an external cost.

    Please note, staff time is not an eligible cost.

    Can second-hand equipment be purchased?

    Equipment must be purchased from registered businesses. Business receipts or invoices would need to be provided.

    What type of PPE is eligible to be claimed?

    PPE which is single use/disposable is not eligible to be claimed, for example, face masks, disposable gloves, antibacterial wipes.

    Fixed PPE equipment is eligible, for example, protective screens, hand sanitising units, queue barriers etc.

    Are general business running costs eligible?

    No, any costs which are routinely incurred by your business are ineligible. Examples of this would be the purchase of stock, general consumables and cleaning materials.

    Can new machinery or equipment be leased and be funded via these grants?

    No, machinery or equipment must be purchased by the businesses. Businesses will be required to evidence the payment of items via bank statements etc. before the grant will be paid. Purchases made by hire purchase, lease or other finance agreement would not qualify.

    Can I apply for some of the costs of a larger project?

    Yes, provided the items being claimed meet the criteria of the funds and the business can demonstrate that these items have been purchased and paid for via the business bank account.

    What type of businesses cannot apply?

    Community groups, not for profit organisations, voluntary or charitable organisations (except social enterprises) are ineligible for the grant.

    Can I pay for eligible items by cash?

    No, all payments for approved expenditure must be made through the business bank account and supported by invoices/receipts from suppliers. Items or services paid for by cash do not meet audit trail requirements and are not eligible for grant.


    Business Restart Loan

    The Business Restart Loan (previously the Falkirk Business Loan Fund) offers SME's in the Falkirk Council area with short term cash flow issues, interest free loans between £1,000 to £5,000.

    Eligible businesses must be able to demonstrate:

    • That they have been adversely affected by COVID-19
    • That they have the ability to grow and create employment
    • That they have been trading for a minimum of 6 months

    The interest rate is fixed at 0% and loans will be repayable by monthly direct debit instalments from an established business bank account for a period of up to 3 years. A repayment holiday may be granted at the absolute discretion of DSL. There is no administration fee.

    To apply, contact DSL:


    Childminders Support Grant

    • Funding of £1 million has been made available for childminders who have been financially impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
    • Grants of £500, £750 or £1,000 will be available, based on assessed need.

    The Scottish Government and the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) are working to finalise the details of the scheme. Further information on eligibility and how to apply will be published shortly.


    Short-term loans for businesses

    Eligibility for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme has now been extended to include larger businesses as well as SMEs. To find out how the scheme works visit the British Business Bank website. Lenders will now have the flexibility to extend the length of these loans from a maximum of 6 years to 10 years. Closing date 31 January 2021.

    Bounce Back Loans with 'Top up' scheme

    Small businesses can apply for a 100% government-backed Bounce Back Loan. Businesses will be able to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash within days. Loans will be interest free for the first 12 months. A Pay as You Grow flexible repayment system has been introduced which includes extending the length of the loan from 6 years to 10, allowing interest-only periods of up to 6 months and payment holidays. To apply for this loan scheme you must complete an online application form.

    You can now 'top up' your Bounce Back Loan. This is applicable to businesses which haven't already borrowed the maximum amount permitted under the scheme (ie 25% of total turnover). This option can only be used once, and should be available to businesses from the week commencing 09 November 2020.


    Taxi and Private Hire Support Fund

    The Scottish Government has announced details of the fund to support taxi and private hire drivers.

    The Council will be in touch with drivers, via email, who may be eligible to let them know what the process will be for claiming the grant. You don't need to contact us at this stage.

    Further details on eligibility can be found on the Scottish Government website.

    For any enquiries please email:


    Other financial support available

    The UK government has created a support finder tool to help businesses see what support may be available to them.