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 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.

Business Restrictions Fund

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.

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).
  • Your business must have been actively operating before the 17th March 2020, where necessary local authorities may request additional evidence to determine eligibility
  • 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.
  • Businesses with multiple premises must be headquartered within the local authority that they submit an application to.
  • If your business is headquartered outwith Scotland you can select which Local Authority you can submit your application to. Please note you can only apply to one Local Authority.

Multiple premises

If your business operates multiple premises you can apply for grants for each premise. All premises can be included in one application to the Local Authority area in which your business is headquartered.

Please note you can only apply to one Local Authority for all your businesses premises.

  • Business Temporary Closure Fund - An upper limit of £15,000 in total will apply to any eligible business operating multiple premises.
  • Business Restrictions Fund - An upper limit of £10,500 in total will apply to any eligible business operating multiple premises.

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