Applications have now closed
As of 10 July 2020 the following grants are closed for applications.
- Business Support Fund
- Self-Employed Hardship Fund
- Bed & Breakfast Hardship Fund
If you made an application in the 10 working days prior to the funds closing and have not yet heard the outcome, please be assured that this will be processed and you will be contacted in due course. If we require any further information to process your application, we will contact you and you must provide this by the date specified, otherwise we will consider you to have withdrawn your application.
If you previously applied and we requested further information from you in order to assess your application, then you must provide this by 5pm on Friday 31 July 2020, otherwise we will consider you to have withdrawn your application.
If you previously applied for a grant but were considered ineligible, you may request an internal review of your case. Requests for an internal review received after 5pm on Friday 31 July 2020 will not be considered.
If you previously applied to your local authority but your application was dependant on the views of the relevant Assessor (for example to determine if the premises should be included in the Non-Domestic Rates Valuation Roll), this may be delayed until the Assessor is able to make a site visit. In such cases, where possible, we will endeavour to process your application using other evidence to support a decision.
If you made an application prior to the past 10 working days and have not been advised of the outcome, you should contact us on email@example.com.
Applications received after 5pm on Friday 10 July 2020 will not be considered.
As part of its response to the COVID-19 emergency, the Scottish Government has made grants available to certain businesses. The purpose of these grants is to help protect jobs, prevent business closure and promote economic recovery. Falkirk Council has been asked to administer the grants for businesses based in the Falkirk Council area.
The Scottish Government has defined eligible businesses as:
Businesses operating in an eligible premise in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme and Rural Relief as at 17 March 2020, can apply for a one-off grant of £10,000.
You can also get this grant if you received Nursery Relief, Business Growth Accelerator Relief, Disabled Relief, Fresh Start, Discretionary Sports Relief, Charitable Rate Relief, or Enterprise Areas Relief on this date and are eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme.
Other retail, hospitality and leisure businesses
Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with a rateable value between £18,001 and up to and including £50,999 will be able to apply for a one-off grant of £25,000.
Self catering accommodation and caravans
These are eligible if associated receipts represent a primary source (for example, one third or more) of the ratepayer's earnings and the property has been let out for 140 days or more in financial year 2019-20.
Multiple retail, hospitality or leisure properties
If your business has more than one property, you may be able to apply to either of the grants above for each eligible property.
Each additional property may be eligible for a:
- Small Business Support Grant of £7,500
- Retail, Hospitality, Leisure Support Grant of £18,750
These additional grants will need to comply with the European Union's State Aid rules.
From 05 May 2020, if you have multiple properties and are not eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme, you may still be eligible for a Small Business Support Grant for any retail, hospitality or leisure properties with a rateable value up to £18,000 each. All of your properties must have a combined rateable value of between £35,001 and £51,000.
From 8 June 2020, the range and upper limit of this combined rateable value has been increased from £35,001 - £51,000 to £35,001 - £500,000.
For multiple properties you need to make a separate application for each eligible property. (These additional grants will need to comply with the European Union's State Aid rules)
From 28 May 2020, under the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No. 2) Act, businesses with certain connections to tax havens may not receive coronavirus-related grants from Scottish Ministers. Tax havens are defined as those listed in the EU List of Non-Cooperative Jurisdictions for Tax Purposes as follows:
- American Samoa
- Cayman Islands
- Trinidad and Tobago
- US Virgin Islands
As of 8 June 2020 Tenants or occupiers of premises such as shared office spaces, business incubators and shared industrial units where the landlord is the registered rate payer may be eligible for a single, one-off £10,000 small business grant. Eligibility for such small businesses is subject to detailed verification criteria but irrespective of the use or rateable value of the property. A tenant/occupier may only receive a single grant.
More information on eligibility can be found on the governments website.
Frequently asked questions
How long will it take the Council to process my application?
Once you have completed all sections of the application form and submitted the relevant documents i.e. your bank statement, we will review your application and aim to make payment, in strict accordance with Scottish Government eligibility criteria, within 10 working days from receipt of a fully completed application.
How long do I have to apply for the grant?
The closing date for applications is 10 July 2020.
What if I get Nursery Relief or Disabled Relief?
If you applied for Nursery Relief or Disabled Relief but are eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme, you can also apply for the £10,000 grant.
What if I have more than one eligible property?
The Scottish Government have advised that those businesses who have received a grant or meet the eligibility criteria for the Business Support Fund or the Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Support Fund Grant Schemes, may now qualify for a grant on an additional property which they pay rates on.
I own a property, but it is not in use/unoccupied at present, do I still qualify for the grant?
No, unoccupied properties are not eligible for the grant.
I have a self-catering property, will the Council still pay me the grant?
Self-catering accommodation and caravans are considered eligible for grant funding if associated receipts represent a primary source (for example, one third or more) of the ratepayer's earnings and the property has been let out for 140 days or more in financial year 2019-20.
Local Authorities may specify any additional evidence they require (for example, records of bookings, a copy of public liability insurance cover or a website) in order to confirm eligibility.
My business had not yet opened for the season when restrictions began, do I still qualify for the grant?
For the £10,000 grant, qualification requires occupation of the business premises as at 17 March 2020 although you do not have to have been taking guests at this time i.e. a seasonal business is still eligible as long as they were registered for Non- domestic rates.