Deadline for Covid Business Support

An IMPORTANT time critical post if you own a business. This is a reminder of the deadline tomorrow set by the Scottish Government for new applications to the following funds:

– Strategic Framework Business Fund (SFBF)

– Support for Small Accommodation Providers Paying Council Tax Fund (SAP-CTF)

BE AWARE: These funds will close to new applicants tomorrow, on Monday 22nd March 2021

(If you have already applied or are already in receipt of one of these grants you do not need to do anything.)

Please see details of the funds below for more information and how to apply…

Strategic Framework Business Fund (SFBF)

(Businesses on Non-Domestic Rates)

The Strategic Framework Business Fund (SFBF) provided grants to businesses that were required to close by law or to significantly change their operations due to COVID-19 restrictions from 2 November 2020.

This fund will close to new applicants on 22 March 2021.

The final four-weekly payment will be made on 22 March 2021. As in previous months, this will consist of:

  • £2,000 for businesses with a rateable value up to £51,000
  • £3,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £51,001 or above

On 19 April 2021, all businesses currently in receipt of support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund on Non-Domestic Rates will automatically receive a combined final 2-week supplement and a one-off restart grant to help them reopen:

  • Retailers in receipt of SFBF will be eligible for grants up to £7,500 based on rateable value:
    • for properties with a rateable value below £51,000: £7,000 (£6,000+£1,000)
    • for properties with a rateable value above £51,001: £7,500 (£6,000+£1,500)
  • Hospitality and leisure businesses in receipt of SFBF will be eligible for grants up to £18,000 based on rateable value:
    • for properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under: £9,000 (£8,000+£1,000)
    • for properties with a rateable value between £15,001 and £51,000: £13,000 (£12,000+£1,000)
    • for properties with a rateable value of £51,001 or over: £19,500 (£18,000+£1,500)
  • Read More & Apply – Find Business Support

Support for Small Accommodation Providers Paying Council Tax Fund

(Businesses paying Council Tax)

The Support for Small Accommodation Providers Paying Council Tax Fund (SAP-CTF) is to support small accommodation providers in Scotland that pay council tax, including B&Bs, guest houses and self-catering properties, and which have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.

Closes 22 March 2021

New entrants to the fund will need to meet the following eligibility criteria.

  • Confirm that the business meets the definition of a self-catering property as defined in The Council Tax (Dwellings and Part Residential Subjects) (Scotland) Regulations 1992
  • Confirm that the applicant/business pays council tax
  • Confirm that your business receipts represent a primary source of income (one third or more of earnings)
  • Provide auditable data to support one of the following statements:
    • a) My property was occupied for more than 140 days in financial year 2019-20, or
    • b) Due to a poor trading season my property was not occupied for 140 days in the financial year 2019-20 but was occupied for more than 140 days in either of the 2 financial years preceding
  • Confirm that you are not currently in receipt of COVID-19 related business grant support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund for the premises
  • Provide evidence of business insurance
  • Provide evidence of membership, accreditation, registration or listing with a recognised hospitality or tourism agency, representative body or marketing organisation, either national or local (for example, VisitScotland, Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers, your local destination marketing organisation, AA, Quality in Tourism, etc).  Online booking platform listing alone is not accepted as evidence.


“All B&Bs, self-catering businesses and guest houses that were previously supported by either the Bed and Breakfast Hardship Fund or the Creative, Tourism and Hospitality Hardship Fund are automatically eligible for support under this scheme. These businesses will be contacted by the local authority and invited to register for payment.”(If you have not heard from your local authority or have not submitted an application, please apply now.)

All business must be re-registered by 22 March 2021 to receive payment. 

Payments will be made as soon as possible once a business is registered.

The fund will be open from 15th March for one week, and will close to applications on 22 March.   Check for details on how to apply via your local authority website:

Read More & Apply – Find Business Support

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