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COVID-19 Scotland's Strategic Framework Business Fund

Important Information

Due to the current outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) some of our services have been affected. 

We have compiled an overview of the types of support available to Scottish Businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic, please read our Information for Business Support.

Thank you for your patience during this time.


Please Note:

  • The Hospitality, Retail and Leisure Top-up Grant is closed to applications received after 5 February 2021.  For more information, please visit the Scottish Government website
  • If you have applied and received a Strategic Framework Award, you do not need to re-apply.
  • The next payment will be processed on, or around, 22 February 2021.
  • Payments will be made every four weeks for the duration measures are in place unless otherwise notified.  

Strategic Framework Update:  26 December 2020

Following an update to the Strategic Framework legislation on 26 December 2020, the following are now eligible for support under Level 4 restrictions:

  • a tanning salon or premises which operates a self-tanning machine or a spray-tan booth
  • a travel agency
  • premises laid out as a showroom to demonstrate products for installation in residential property, such as kitchen, bathroom, furniture or glazing showrooms
  • garden centre and plant nurseries  
  • homewares stores which are not suppliers of products and tools used in building work and repairs

Please note, that the Strategic Framework has not fundamentally changed and the following examples are not in scope for this programme:

  • Professional Services - including law firms, accountants, etc.
  • Motor Vehicle Repairs
  • Early Years Education - i.e. nurseries
  • Consultancy Services - including IT and marketing
  • Mobile Close Contact Services

A full list of eligible businesses can be found at here.

What is it?

The Scottish Government have announced the Scotland's Strategic Framework Business Support Fund which will be available from 2 November 2020 for businesses that are required to close by law or support businesses not required to close, but specifically required by law to significantly modify their operations.

The two types of funding streams available under the Fund are the Temporary Closure Grant and Business Restrictions Grant. 

These funds will be administered by Glasgow City Council.

Temporary Closure Grant (Levels 0-4)

This grant is available for business required to close by law which is payable every four weeks for the duration protective measures are in place of:

  • £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.

An upper limit of £15,000 in total in any four-week period will apply to any eligible business operating multiple premises.

Temporary Closure Grant has been extended to businesses that are required to close under (Level 4) from 6 pm on 20 November 2020

Please see eligibility criteria for Restriction Levels 3 and 4 below

Business Restriction Grant (Levels 0-3)

This grant is available for businesses that remain open but are specifically required to modify their operations by law, payable every four weeks for the duration measures are in place.

This means that you are required to close earlier than normal, for example, not that you have to adopt physical distancing or that the demand for your products or services has been reduced because of the pandemic.

As specified by the schedules of The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2020, will be entitled to a Business Restrictions grant every four week, of:

  • £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 £51,000 or above.

An upper limit of £10,500 in total in any four-week period will apply to any eligible business operating multiple premises.

Who is eligible under Levels 0-3 Restrictions

You can apply if:

  • Your business has been directly impacted by restrictions, and the type/sector is specifically mentioned (as set out in Schedule 4 Level 3 of the The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels).  To check to see if your business is eligible click here.
  • You have a business bank account - this is the account your grant will be paid into if your application is successful.
  • Your business is registered for non-domestic rates - if you pay rates through a landlord rather than directly to a  local authority you can still apply but must provide evidence through a copy of the lease agreement.
  • Limited companies (including Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations), sole traders, trust and partnerships can apply provided they meet the above criteria.

If your business operates multiple premises you can apply for grants for each premise. All premises should be included in one application which should be sent to and processed by the local authority area in which your business is headquartered.

The maximum any one business can receive will be restricted, regardless of the number of premises.

Businesses/Premises required to Close under Levels 0-3

Eligible Sectors for
Temporary Closure
Grant
Level 0-3

Eligible Sectors for
Business Restrictions G
rant
Level 0-3

  Levels 0-1 

  • Nightclubs - A nightclub is an entertainment premises that is open until at least 2 am at the weekend, and the main or routine operation of the premises is after 7 pm, and where the majority of the premises
    are given over to permanent dance floor facilities.

    It must also:

    • have a permanent DJ Performance Area/Booth;

    • be licensed for Recorded Music, Dance Facilities and Live
      Performance (at Q5 Activities Matrix within the Premises
      Licence Operating Plan); and the premises Licence Operating.

    • Plan at 5(g) must confirm it trades Post 01.00 am with music exceeding 85 DB and more patrons likely to be standing than seated.

  Level 0

  • Theatres, sports stadia, conference and exhibition centres, comedy clubs, concert halls and music venues subject to a specific cap on the number of people who can attend an event.

  Level 1

  • Theatres, sports stadia, conference and exhibition centres, comedy clubs, concert halls and music venues subject to a specific cap on the number of people who can attend an event.

  • All Hospitality subjected to time restrictions on their operations (i.e. no admittance after 21:30; Closure 22:30) by law - includes restaurants, pubs, bars, licenced sports and social clubs and licensed premises - but excluding takeaways.

  Level 2

  • Hospitality: Pubs that do not serve food.
     
  • Leisure and entertainment: soft play, funfairs, indoor bowling, theatres, comedy clubs, sports stadiums, conference or exhibition centres, snooker/pool halls, music venues, casinos, nightclubs.

  Not Eligible

  • Mobile close contact services specifically beauty  and nail services (including make-up services),  hair removal services, tattoo, piercing and body modification services, fashion design, dress-fitting and tailoring services, indoor portrait
    photography and art services, massage therapies, complementary and alternative medicine services requiring physical contact or close physical proximity  between persons, but not osteopathy and chiropractic  services, spa and wellness services.
     
  • (Mobile hairdressers and barbers may operate in levels 0-3)

  Level 2

  • Hotels and other licensed accommodation, No alcohol after 20:00. Meals until 22:00. Alcohol allowed in rooms All.

  • Specified hospitality subjected to restrictions, No admittance after 19:00, Closure - 20:00. Alcohol only allowed with meal indoors. Outdoors: No admittance after 21:30. Closure 22:30.

  • Alcohol without a meal allowed. includes restaurants, licenced cafes, pubs, bars, licenced sports and social clubs and licensed premises.

  Level 3

  • Pubs that do not serve food.
  • Leisure and entertainment: Cinemas, Amusement arcades, Soft play, Funfairs, Indoor bowling, Theatres, Snooker/pool halls, comedy clubs, sports stadiums, conference or exhibition centres, Music venues, Casinos, Bingo halls, Nightclubs.

  Not Eligible

  • Mobile close contact services

  Level 3

  • Restaurants, licenced cafes, pubs, bars, licenced social and sports clubs (No alcohol at any premise. Indoor and outdoor: no admittance after 17:00. Closure 18:00.)

  • Hotels and other licensed accommodation - no alcohol after 18:00. Meals until 22:00. Alcohol allowed in rooms.

  • Sports and other facilities no longer able to provide group exercise, includes dance studios, exercise class/yoga studios, indoor soccer centres.

Who Cannot Apply

You cannot apply if your business:

Who is eligible under Level 4 Restrictions

You can apply if:

  • Your business has been directly impacted by restrictions, and the type/sector is specifically mentioned (as set out in Schedule 5 Level 4 of the The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels).  To check to see if your business is eligible click here.
  • You have a business bank account - this is the account your grant will be paid into if your application is successful.
  • Your business is registered for non-domestic rates - if you pay rates through a landlord rather than directly to a  local authority you can still apply but must provide evidence through a copy of the lease agreement.
  • Limited companies (including Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations), sole traders, trust and partnerships can apply provided they meet the above criteria.

If your business operates multiple premises you can apply for grants for each premise. All premises should be included in one application which should be sent to and processed by the local authority area in which your business is headquartered.

The maximum any one business can receive will be restricted, regardless of the number of premises.

Businesses/Premises required to Close under Level 4

Temporary Closure Grant
Eligible Sectors
Level 4

Temporary Closure Grant
Ineligible Sectors
Level 4

  • Accommodation
    • Hotels, B&Bs, Self-catering, Caravan and Camp Sites.        
 
  • Hospitality
    • Restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars, social clubs.
 
  • Retail
    • Non-essential Retail
       
  • With effect from 26 December 2020
    • A travel agency
    • Premises laid out as a showroom to demonstrate products for installation in residential property, such as kitchen, bathroom, furniture or glazing showrooms
    • Garden centre and plant nurseries
    • Homewares stores which are not suppliers of products and tools used in building work and repairs
  • Food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores and corner shops.
  • Off licenses and licensed shops selling
    alcohol (including breweries).
  • Pharmacies (including non-dispensing
    pharmacies) and chemists.
  • Newsagents.
  • Homeware, building supplies and
    hardware stores.
  • Petrol Stations, Car Repair and MOT
    Services, Bicycle Shops, Taxi or
    Vehicle Hire Businesses.
  • Banks, Building Societies, Credit Unions, Short-term Loan Providers, Savings Clubs, Cash Points and undertakings which by way of business operate a currency exchange office, transmit money (or any representation of
    money) by any means or cash cheques which are made payable to customers.
  • Post Offices.
  • Funeral Directors.
  • Laundrettes and Dry Cleaners.
  • Dental Services, Opticians, Audiology Services, Chiropody Services, Chiropractors, Osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services relating to mental health
  • Veterinary Surgeons and Pet Shops.
  • Agricultural Supplies Shops and Agricultural Markets.
  • Storage and Distribution Facilities, including delivery drop off or collection points, where the facilities are in the premises of a business included in this sub-paragraph.
  • Car Parks.
  • Public Toilets, Livestock Markets or Auctions.
  • Garden centres, plant nurseries, outdoor markets, and
  • Outdoor car lots.
  • Close Contact Services
    • Hairdressers, Barbers, Beauticians, Tailors.
 
  • Sports and Exercise
    • Indoor Gyms, Swimming Pools, Dance Studios, Exercise Class/Yoga Studios.
 
  • Leisure and Entertainment
    • Cinemas, Amusement Arcades, Soft play, Funfairs, Indoor bowling, Theatres, comedy clubs, sports stadiums, conference or exhibition centres, Snooker/pool halls, Music venues, Casinos, Bingo halls, Nightclubs.
 
  • Visitor Attractions
 

Who Cannot Apply

You cannot apply if your business:

Additional Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility will depend on where your premises are located and what level of restrictions are in place at any point in time.

The schedules of The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 contain the measures for each level:

  • Part 1 of each Schedule contains the Business Closures, and
  • Part 2 contains the Business Restrictions.
  • Any business type or sector not specifically mentioned is ineligible.

Strategic Framework Grants Criteria:

  •  Your business falls into one of the following two categories:
    • Your business is required to close by law for the duration protective measures are in place.
    • Your business remains open but is specifically and legally required to modify its operations as a result of protective measures.
  • Your business was trading before the implementation of local Covid Restrictions.
  • You must have a business bank account. This is the account your grant will be paid into if your application is successful.
  • Your business premises must be registered for Non-Domestic rates. Businesses that pay rates through their landlords rather than directly to a Council are eligible to apply (evidence to be provided through copy of lease agreement). 
  • Businesses which have breached wider COVID regulations/requirements prior to local restrictions are not eligible to apply. 
  • Businesses with connections to tax havens, as set out in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020, are not eligible to apply.
  • Applications are welcome from Limited Companies (including Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations), Sole Traders, Trusts and Partnerships, provided they meet the other criteria.
  • Businesses must have been impacted directly by restrictions, as set out in Regulations

In Addition:

  • If your business operates multiple premises you can apply for grants for each premise.
  • Scottish Government has advised that from the 1 January 2021, applicants with multiple properties should apply to each local authority in which their property is based and not to the local authority where their company has its registered office or Head Quartered. 
  • Applicants will be awarded grant for each of their premises and there is no longer a maximum limit on the award.

How to Apply

To apply please complete all parts of the Online Form that applies to you.  Please read the eligibility criteria above before applying.

Please Note:

  • Do not reapply if you have already submitted an online application form, or if you have applied and received a Strategic Framework Award, you do not need to re-apply.
  • Top-up payments won't be made to applications received after 5 February 2021.

 

 

 

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