Help for non-domestic rate payers in Scotland during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Last updated: 30 June 2020

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.

You need to apply through your local council. The closing date is 10 July.

Types of businesses who qualify

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 if you qualify

This is not a complete list. If you think you might qualify contact your local council.

Business with multiple properties

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 qualify 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 Commission's State Aid rules.

How to apply

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.

Closing date

The closing date is 10 July 2020.

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 qualify for a grant, you do not need to pay it back.