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:

Please note that the deadline for new applications for the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality top up is Friday 5 February 2021.

    You can check if your business could be eligible.


    Business Temporary Closure Fund (Expected closing date June 2021)

    A grant of £2,000 or £3,000 (depending on rateable value) for businesses required to close by law for the duration protective measures are in place.

    • £2,000 if their premises have a rateable value of up to and including £51,000; or
    • £3,000 if their premises have a rateable value of £51,001 or above.

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

    Expected closing date June 2021.


    Business Restrictions Fund (Expected closing date June 2021)

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

    • £1,400 if their premises have a rateable value of up to and including £51,000; or
    • £2,100 if their premises have a rateable value of £51,001 or above.

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

    Expected closing date June 2021.


    Additional Support – Non essential retail & leisure (Closing date 05 February 2021)

    On 11 January 2021, additional support for non-essential retail and leisure businesses (such as indoor gyms) which are required to close in level 4 was confirmed.

    • Eligible businesses will be given up to an additional £9,000 as a one-off payment.
    • This will automatically be paid to eligible businesses that have submitted an application for the Strategic Framework Business Fund.
    • There is no need to re-apply if you have already done so.

    Eligible retail and leisure businesses will receive:

    • a one-off grant of £9,000 for all relevant businesses with a rateable value of £51,001 or more
    • a one-off grant of £6,000 for relevant businesses with a rateable value of up to and including £51,000

    In most cases, payment will be combined with the next tranche of payments for the Strategic Framework Business Fund due to go to businesses week commencing 25 January 2021.

    Eligible businesses (must have been on valuation roll as at 01 November 2020) include:

      Non-essential retail closed by law

      Subject to the list of exclusions set out in the eligibility guidance for the Strategic Framework Fund (all shop fronts that are closed).

      This now includes travel agents.

      Leisure and entertainment

      • amusement arcades
      • bingo halls
      • casinos
      • cinemas
      • climbing wall centres
      • dance studios
      • exercise class/yoga studios
      • go-karting centres (indoor and outdoor)
      • indoor bowling
      • indoor football centres
      • indoor gyms
      • indoor soft play
      • nightclubs
      • play barns
      • roller rinks
      • snooker/pool halls
      • swimming pools

      Close contact services with premises

      • beauty and nail services (including make-up services)
      • complementary and alternative medicine services requiring physical contact or close physical proximity between persons, but not osteopathy and chiropractic services
      • dress-fitting and tailoring services
      • fashion design
      • hair removal services
      • hairdressing and barber services
      • indoor portrait photography and art services
      • massage therapies but not sports massage provided only to professional sports-persons
      • piercing and body modification services
      • spa and wellness services
      • tattooing

      Hospitality January 2021 payment (Closing date 05 February 2021)

      The one-off payments for eligible hospitality businesses required to close in Level 4 has also been confirmed. This will automatically be paid to eligible businesses that have submitted an application for the Strategic Framework Business Fund. There is no need to re-apply if you have already done so.

      Eligible hospitality businesses will now receive:

      • a one-off grant of £25,000 for premises with a rateable value of £51,001 or more
      • a one-off grant of £6,000 for premises with a rateable value of up to and including £51,000
      • In most cases, payment will be combined with the next tranche of payments for the Strategic Framework Business Fund due to go to businesses week commencing 25 January 2021.

      Eligible businesses (must have been on valuation roll as at 01 November 2020) include:

      • restaurants
      • cafes
      • food and wet-led pubs and bars
      • licensed social and sports clubs
      • hotels

      Level 4 – Businesses not eligible for top up grant as part of Strategic Framework Fund

      • Accommodation - B&Bs, self-catering, caravan and camp sites
      • Leisure and Entertainment – Funfairs, theatres, comedy clubs, concert halls, sport stadiums, conference or exhibition centres
      • Visitor Attractions – other funding grants via Event Scotland and Visit Scotland

      Note – as set out in the guidance for Strategic Framework Business Fund, non- essential retail exclusions, mobile close contact services and driving instructors are not eligible for SFBF and therefore not eligible for RHL top up.

      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 was trading on 02 November 2020 (including businesses who were required to close due to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions).
      • Business premises are registered for Non-Domestic rates (if you pay rates through your landlord rather than directly to a Council, you are still eligible to apply but must provide evidence of this arrangement through copy of your lease agreement).
      • The business has not breached wider coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations/requirements prior to the Strategic Framework restrictions being implemented on 02 November 2020.
      • The business is not connected to a tax haven, as set out in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No. 2) Act 2020.
      • Businesses operating from a single location, must be based within the local authority area that they submit an application to.
      • If your business operates multiple premises you can apply for grants for each premise. All premises must be applied for separately with applications made to the Local Authority area in which the relevant property is located.

      Before applying you MUST check if your business is included within the Scottish Government guidance as being eligible.

      For any queries in relation to this fund, or if your business type is not listed - please email SFBfund@falkirk.gov.uk