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

    This fund is now closed for applications.

    If you are in receipt of this funding, more information about the dates and values of the final payments can be found on the Strategic Framework Business Fund page.


    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, vehicles 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.

    What IT hardware spend is eligible to be claimed?

    IT costs relating to the business having to adapt or adopt new technology to carry on trading or diversify. Replacement or upgrading existing IT equipment, which currently meets the needs of the business, would not be eligible.

    What IT software spend is eligible to be claimed?

    Bespoke software which is tailored to the business and allows the business to carry on trading/grow/diversify is eligible. Off the shelf software such as Microsoft, Sage, Quickbooks etc that are standard business operating software would not be eligible.

    Can I claim for costs such as Broadband or Web Hosting?

    No, any ongoing charges which would be considered business as normal are not eligible to be claimed. Any funding received should relate directly to a specific project rather than on-going regular business.

    Can I claim for computer software user licensing or technical support?

    Any initial, one off, licensing or technical support costs relating to the implementation of new software or hardware, as part of a larger project, would be eligible to be claimed. However any ongoing licensing or technical support costs (for example, an annual technical support payment or licence fees) would not be eligible.

    Can I use the Adaptation Grant for CCTV?

    Installation or upgrade of CCTV is not an eligible cost – this is considered as a security enhancement and as such is considered routine business expenditure.

    Are retailers able to apply for the Resilience Grant?

    Applications from the retail sector cannot be considered unless the business can demonstrate that they are servicing more than a local market. This means they are attracting customers from out with the Falkirk area, and are providing something that is unique and not available from any other local retailers. For example – a specialist skate boarding shop.

    Where a retailers sales only serve the local market, providing grant support can cause displacement ie if one local business receives support but this leads to another local business in the area losing customers then this has no added value to the Falkirk economy.


    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:


    Discretionary Fund (Phase 2)

    The Discretionary Fund Phase 2 is now closed – the allocation from the Scottish Government is now fully committed.

    If you need further business support please email our Business Gateway team - business@falkirk.gov.uk.

    Information and guidance on re-opening your business is available at Business Gateway (Falkirk).

    Phase 2 of this fund will support businesses (with up to 250 employees) in the Falkirk Council area, facing short term financial challenges and hardship as a direct result of restrictions from October 2020 relating to COVID-19. This fund will provide a one-off payment which will be tiered according to the number of employees in your business.

    Applicants who have already been approved within Phase 1 of the Discretionary Fund will automatically be entitled to a top-up grant. There is no need for these businesses to reapply – we will contact you.

    Who can apply?

    The following categories of businesses can apply:

    • Limited Company (including Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations and social enterprises)
    • Sole Traders
    • Partnerships
    • Trusts
    • Community Interest Companies

    To be eligible, business income must have been affected by more than 50% due to the restrictions and regulations introduced since October 2020.

    Examples of this can include:

    • Businesses whose trade relies on entering domestic premises or offices.
    • Businesses in the supply chain of restricted sectors.
    • Businesses that rely on access to facilities or premises that have been closed due to restrictions and regulations.
    • Businesses who have had to close but have been unable to access the Strategic Framework Business fund as they are not the ratepayer.

    Please note funds received via Bounce Back Loans, Job Retention Scheme or Self-Employed Income Support Scheme do not affect your eligibility to apply.

    Businesses NOT eligible

    Businesses not eligible for the fund include:

    • Any business which has received, or has an application pending, for financial support since October 2020 from another fund. This includes (but is not restricted to):
      • Strategic Framework Business Fund (Closure/Restriction Fund)
      • Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund
      • Mobile and Home Based Close Contact Services Fund
      • Scottish Wedding Industry Fund
      • Taxi and Private Hire Support Fund
      • Scottish Tour Operators/Guides Funds
      • Visitor Attraction Support Funds
      • B&B/Small Accommodation/Large Accommodation Funds
      • Campervan and Motorhome Rental Operators Fund

    How much is the grant?

    Grants will be tiered based on the number of employees within a business. You will need to provide evidence during the application process.

    This is a one off payment.

    No of Employees Award
    0 - 10 £4,000
    11 - 49 £6,000
    50 - 250 £9,000

    We expect this fund to close at 5pm on Wednesday 31 March 2021. It may however close earlier if it becomes fully subscribed.

    Applications will be assessed on a first come, first served basis and only one application per business can be submitted.

    For queries about an existing application please email:


    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. Closed for new applications on 31 March 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. 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). Please note this option can only be used once.

    From Feb 2021 Pay as You Grow repayment flexibilities now include the option to delay all repayments for a further 6 months, meaning businesses can choose to make no payments on their loans until 18 months after they originally took them out. The option to pause repayments will now be available to all from their first repayment, rather than after 6 repayments have been made.Pay as You Grow also allows borrowers to extend the length of their loans from 6 to 10 years (reducing monthly repayments by almost half) and make interest-only payments for 6 months.

    Closed for new applications on 31 March 2021.


    Support for Brewers, Indoor Football Centres and Travel Agents

    Three funds have been announced and will be administered by Falkirk Council. Businesses who fall into these categories will be contacted by us directly to seek the necessary information to confirm their eligibility and process payment. If you haven't been contacted by 08 February 2021, please get in touch.

    Closed for new applications on 31 March 2021.


    Small Accommodation Providers Paying Council Tax Fund (SAP-CTF).

    This fund is to support small accommodation providers in Scotland that pay council tax, including B&Bs, guest houses and self-catering properties, and which have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.

    All B&Bs, self-catering businesses and guest houses that were previously supported by either the Bed and Breakfast Hardship Fund or the Creative, Tourism and Hospitality Hardship Fund are automatically eligible for support under this scheme.

    Falkirk Council will identify and invite eligible businesses who were previously supported by either the B&B Hardship Fund or the Creative, Tourism and Hospitality Hardship Fund to register for payment. There is no need for these businesses to apply.

    Update

    B&Bs, self-catering businesses and guest houses, currently paying Council Tax, that have not previously been supported are eligible to apply to this fund from Monday 15 March 2021.

    New entrants to the fund will need to meet the following eligibility criteria

    For B & B's and guest houses- the business will need to demonstrate:

    • Businesses must be able to evidence that they operate as a B&B, self-catering business or guest house.
    • Businesses must pay council tax,
    • Business receipts must represent a primary source of income (one third or more of earnings)
    • The Business is not currently in receipt of COVID-19 related business grant support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund for the premises.
    • Business must be able to evidence membership, accreditation, registration or listing with a recognised hospitality or tourism agency, representative body or marketing organisation; national or local (for example, VisitScotland, Association of Scotland's Self-Caterers, SBBA, your local Destination Marketing Organisation, AA, Quality in Tourism etc. Online booking platform listing alone is not accepted as evidence.
    • Confirm that you can provide evidence of active trading up to March 2020 and had intended to continue trading in the tax year 2020-21
    • Provide evidence of Business Insurance

    Self Catering Businesses - the business will need to demonstrate:

    • The business meets the definition of a self-catering property as defined in The Council Tax dwellings and part residential subjects (Scotland) regulations 1992.
    • The business pays council tax
    • Business receipts must represent a primary source of income (one third or more of earnings)
    • Provide Auditable data to support one of the following statements:
      • My business was occupied for more than 140 days in financial year 2019-20 OR
      • Due to a poor trading season in 2019-20 was not occupied for 140 days in the financial year 2019-20 but was occupied for more than 140 days in either of the 2 financial years preceding.
    • Your business is currently not in receipt of COVID-19 related business grant support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund
    • Provide evidence of Business Insurance
    • Provide evidence of membership, accreditation, registration, or listing with a recognised hospitality or tourism agency, representative body or Marketing organisation, either national or local (e.g. Visit Scotland, Association of Self Caterers, your local destination marketing organisation, AA, Quality in Tourism etc.)

    Online booking platform listing alone is not accepted as evidence.

    Closed for new applications on 31 March 2021.


    Exclusive Use Grant

    This fund provides financial support for exclusive use properties such as lodges and holiday homes impacted by the single household restrictions during COVID-19. Exclusive use businesses are eligible if they pay non domestic rates and have been evaluated as an exclusive use venue by the Scottish Assessors Association.

    The grant will make one-off payments of £10,000 to eligible applicants.

    Falkirk Council will identify and invite eligible businesses to register for payment. There is no need to apply.

    For full eligibility and criteria please visit Find business support in Scotland: Exclusive Use Grant.

    This fund is now closed.


    Large Self Catering Grants

    This fund is for larger self-catering properties (7 or more guests) impacted by the single household restrictions during COVID-19. The grant will make one-off payments of £2,000 to eligible large self catering businesses if they have a property which accommodates 7 or more people (noting that sofa beds and cots are not counted in this calculation) for which they pay Non Domestic Rates. The number of bed spaces will be linked to records held by Rates Assessors.

    Falkirk Council will identify and invite eligible businesses to register for payment.

    There is no need to apply.

    For full eligibility and criteria please visit Find business support in Scotland: Large Self-Catering Grant.

    This fund is now closed for applications.


    Mobile and Home-Based Close Contact Services Fund

    This fund is for owners and operators of mobile and home-based close contact service businesses and for registered driving instructors. Eligible applicants will receive a one-off £4,000 payment (£2,000 for the period to end December 2020 and a further £2,000 to cover the period from January 2021 onwards).

    For full eligibility and criteria please visit Find business support in Scotland: Mobile And Home Based Close Contact Services Fund.

    To apply to this fund please visit: https://www.bizsupport.scot/

    Closed to new applicants 23 March 2021 - any new applications will be automatically declined.

    Only open to applicants who have been allowed another chance and these businesses will have been contaced via email.


    Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund

    This fund offers a one-off £4,000 payment for those whose status as being newly self-employed makes them ineligible for the UK Government's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme.

    For full eligibility and criteria please visit Find business support in Scotland: Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund.

    To apply to this fund please visit: https://www.bizsupport.scot/

    Closed to new applicants 23 March 2021 - any new applications will be automatically declined.

    Only open to applicants who have been allowed another chance and these businesses will have been contaced via email.


    Recovery Loan Scheme

    The Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) provides financial support to businesses across the UK as they recover and grow following the coronavirus pandemic.

    You can apply to the scheme if COVID-19 has affected your business.

    You can use the finance for any legitimate business purpose – including managing cashflow, investment and growth. However, you must be able to afford to take out additional debt finance for these purposes.

    RLS will run until 31 December 2021, subject to review.


    Other financial support available

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