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Support for Small Accommodation Providers

What is it?

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.

This fund is for small accommodation providers in Scotland that pay council tax, including B&Bs, guest houses and self-catering properties.

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.

B&Bs, self-catering businesses and guest houses that have not previously been supported are also eligible to apply to this fund.  New entrants to the fund will need to meet the following eligibility criteria.

Please note that this fund closes at 5 pm on Monday, 22 March 2021   

B&B and Guest House Eligibility

For B&Bs and guest houses, the business will need to:

  • Confirm that the business premises operates as a guesthouse, bed & breakfast, or similar small serviced accommodation (see fund guidance for definition)
  • 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)
  • Confirm that you can provide evidence of active trading up to March 2020 and had intended to continue trading in the tax year 2020-21
  • 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, SBBA, your local destination marketing organisation, AA, Quality in Tourism, etc). Online booking platform listing alone is not accepted as evidence.

Self-Catering Businesses Eligibility

For self-catering businesses, the business will need to:

  • 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[1]
  • 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.

How long does this take?

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. 

Applications will open for new entrants to the fund on 15 March 2021 for all local authority areas. The fund will be open for one week, and will close to applications on 22 March.   

All business must be re-registered by 22 March 2021 to receive payment. Payments will be made within 4 weeks of receipt of a completed appliation with all supporting evidence.

How to Apply

To apply please complete all parts of the form that applies to you.  Please read the eligibility and supporting evidence criteria before applying. 

Please submit your completed application form with supporting evidence by Email to Business Support Team.

Please ensure you complete all of the parts of this application and provide the relevant evidence required. Insufficient evidence will lead to a delay in your grant application being processed.

Important information

Payments will be made every four weeks from the start of January 2021. This will cover the period of Level 4 restrictions which came into effect from 26 December 2020, and the ongoing lockdown period as long as Level 4 restrictions are in place.

This grant is not retrospectively backdated to 2 November 2020.

Local authorities will identify and invite eligible businesses who were previously supported by either the B&B Hardship Fund or the Creative, Tourism and Hospitality Hardship Fund to register for payment. There is no need for these businesses to apply. 

New entrants to the fund will be able to apply between 15 and 22 March 2021 and should verify that they can met all the criteria set out above in advance of applying. 

 

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