Guide

Help for non-domestic rate payers in Scotland during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Last updated: 3 June 2020

Grants to help non-domestic businesses during coronavirus

The Scottish Government has introduced the Business Support Fund, which offers some businesses a:

  • Retail, Hospitality, Leisure Support Grant
  • Small Business Support Grant

These grants are only available for business who pay non-domestic rates.

Find out about other funding sources for businesses facing coronavirus.

Retail, Hospitality, Leisure Support Grant

Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses can apply for a grant of up to £25,000.

To apply, their rateable value needs to be between £18,001 and up to and including £51,000.

Types of businesses who qualify for the Retail, Hospitality, Leisure Support Grant

These businesses include:

  • amusements
  • animal welfares
  • arts centres
  • auction marts
  • bakeries
  • bed & breakfast accommodation
  • bingo halls
  • bowling alleys
  • bowling clubs
  • cafes
  • camping sites
  • car hire depots
  • car washes
  • caravans that are a primary source of income for the ratepayer (one third or more) and let out for 140 days or more in financial year 2019-20
  • chalets
  • cinemas
  • clinics
  • clubs
  • cricket clubs
  • entertainment centres
  • exhibition venues
  • football grounds
  • funeral parlours
  • galleries
  • gardens
  • garden centres
  • golf clubs
  • golf driving ranges
  • guest houses
  • halls
  • harbours
  • hostels
  • hotels
  • ice rinks
  • kiosks
  • laundries
  • leisure centres
  • markets
  • military facilities
  • museums
  • outdoor centres
  • parks
  • petrol filling stations
  • play centres
  • playing fields
  • post offices
  • public houses
  • race tracks
  • racecourses
  • recreation grounds
  • restaurants
  • retail warehouses
  • riding schools
  • sailing clubs
  • sales offices
  • self-catering accommodation that's a primary source of income for the ratepayer (one third or more) and let out for 140 days or more in financial year 2019-20
  • shooting ranges
  • shops
  • show homes
  • showrooms
  • ski clubs
  • snack bars
  • snooker clubs
  • sports centres
  • sports grounds
  • squash clubs
  • stables
  • stadiums
  • swimming pools
  • tennis clubs
  • theatres
  • tourist information centres
  • visitor centres
  • warehouses and showrooms
  • workshops and showrooms
  • youth hostels

These include:

  • boathouses
  • a site, for example a kiosk or photo booth
  • slipways
  • a stance, for example a market stall
  • time share units

If you're not sure you're eligible

This is not a complete list. If you think you may be eligible contact your local council.

Small Business Support Grant

Small businesses can apply for a grant of up to £10,000 if they get:

You can also get this grant if you get Nursery Relief, Business Growth Accelerator Relief, Disabled Relief, Fresh Start, Sports Relief Enterprise Areas Relief or Charitable Rate Relief but are eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme.

Shared office, business incubator and industrial unit spaces

From 8 June you can also apply for the Small Business Support Grant if you not a ratepayer but occupy certain types of shared space. For example shared office, business incubator or industrial space. You must lease the space from a landlord who is the registered ratepayer for the property.

Eligibility

To be eligible you must also:

  • be a registered business or partnership
  • have a lease signed before 17 March 2020
  • employ at least one person
  • have a business bank account

Multiple retail, hospitality or leisure properties

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.

You might still be eligible for this 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 the upper combined rateable value limit will increase from £51,000 to a new maximum of £500,000.

Types of businesses who qualify for the Small Business Support Grant

These businesses include:

  • abattoirs
  • airfields
  • ambulance stations
  • amusements
  • animal welfare
  • arts centres
  • auction marts
  • bakeries
  • banks
  • batching plants
  • bed & breakfast accommodation
  • betting offices
  • bingo halls
  • bowling clubs
  • breweries
  • bus stations
  • cafés
  • camping sites
  • car washes
  • caravan centres
  • caravan sites
  • caravans that are a primary source of income for the ratepayer (one third or more) and let out for 140 days or more in financial year 2019-20
  • catteries
  • chalets
  • cinemas
  • clay pigeon clubs
  • clinics
  • clubs
  • colleges
  • community centres
  • crematoriums
  • cricket clubs
  • curling rinks
  • dairies
  • day centres
  • day nurseries
  • depots
  • distilleries
  • district heating
  • entertainment centres
  • exhibition venues
  • factories
  • ferry terminals
  • fire stations
  • fishings
  • football grounds
  • funeral parlours
  • galleries
  • garages
  • gardens
  • garden centres
  • golf clubs
  • golf driving ranges
  • guest houses
  • halls
  • harbours
  • historic buildings
  • homes, for example care homes, children's homes
  • hostels
  • hotels
  • ice rinks
  • kennels
  • kiosks
  • laboratories
  • laundries
  • leisure centres
  • libraries
  • lifeboat stations
  • lobster ponds
  • markets
  • military facilities
  • minerals
  • mortuaries
  • museums
  • observatories
  • offices
  • oil depots
  • outdoor centres
  • parks
  • pavilions
  • petrol filling stations
  • places of worship
  • play centres
  • playing fields
  • police stations
  • post offices
  • premises
  • public houses
  • putting greens
  • race tracks
  • radio stations
  • railways
  • recreation grounds
  • religious centres
  • restaurants
  • retail warehouses
  • riding schools
  • rifle ranges
  • sailing clubs
  • salons
  • sawmills
  • schools
  • self-catering that's a primary source of income for the ratepayer (one third or more) and let out for 140 days or more in financial year 2019-20
  • service stations
  • shooting ranges
  • shops
  • showhouses
  • showrooms
  • ski clubs
  • snack bars
  • snooker clubs
  • sorting offices
  • sports centres
  • sports grounds
  • squash clubs
  • stables
  • stadiums
  • stores
  • stud farms
  • studios
  • surgeries
  • swimming pools
  • tennis clubs
  • theatres
  • training centres
  • visitor centres
  • warehouses and showrooms
  • workshops and showrooms
  • youth hostels

This includes properties used for the following:

  • advertising
  • anemometer masts
  • atm sites
  • boathouses
  • bothies
  • burial grounds
  • car parks
  • car spaces
  • castles
  • common rooms
  • communications
  • coups
  • display areas
  • electricity
  • fishing huts
  • fuel tanks
  • grazings
  • grounds
  • hangars
  • heliports
  • holiday huts
  • huts
  • jetties
  • lighthouses
  • lock-ups
  • masts
  • monitoring sites
  • oil tanks
  • peat mosses
  • piers
  • pigeon lofts
  • public toilets
  • quarries
  • sand & gravel
  • shootings
  • sites
  • site huts
  • slipways
  • stances
  • taxi ranks
  • telecommunications
  • time share units
  • traffic monitoring
  • waste
  • waste water treatment
  • water
  • weighbridges
  • yards

Multiple properties

From 5 May 2020, if you have more than one property, you can apply for a grant for each eligible property.

This means you may be able to get a £10,000 or £25,000 grant for one property. Then each property may be eligible for a:

  • Small Business Support Grant of £7,500
  • Retail, Hospitality, Leisure Support Grant of £18,500

These grants need to comply with the European Union's State Aid rules.

If you're not sure you're eligible

This is not a complete list. If you think you may be eligible contact your local council.

Self-catering accommodation and caravans

Self-catering accommodation and caravans are eligible for these grants if they:

  • are a primary source of income for the ratepayer (one third or more), and
  • were let out for 140 days or more in financial year 2019-20

Applying for a grant

You need to complete an application form to apply. You can find this form on your local council website.

Your local council processes the grants and reliefs. They also make any payments due.

You can apply from now until 31 March 2021.

Getting paid

Councils will aim to make payment within 10 working days. To do this, they'll need:

  • a fully completed grant application form
  • any necessary supporting documentation

If you're eligible for a grant, you do not need to repay it.