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Newly Self-Employed Hardship 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.

If you have already emailed us we will respond to you in due course.  The volume of applications is such that this is taking longer than anticipated however staff are working very hard to process applications as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Please Note:

  • The Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund will close to applications after 10 July 2020.

What is it?

The Scottish Government's Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund is designed to support newly self-employed individuals who have not been able to access support through other schemes. 

The Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund offers non-repayable hardship relief grant payments of £2,000. 

Are you eligible?

To be eligible for this fund, you must meet all the following criteria:

  • Became self-employed on/after 6th April 2019 (did not submit a tax return including income from self-employment for 2018-19).
  • Over 50% of individual income is from self-employment.
  • Trading profits below £50,000 in financial year 2019-20.
  • Can provide evidence of active trading up to March 2020 and intend to continue trading in the tax year 2020-21.
  • Have lost business due to Coronavirus COVID-19 and experienced personal financial hardship as a result.
  • Ineligible for other COVID-19 related business support (including the Business Interruption Loan Schemes, Corporate Finance Fund, Job Retention Schemes, Future Fund, R&D Focused SMEs Fund, HMRC Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, Non-Domestic Rates relief, Coronavirus Business Support Fund Grants or other COVID-19 related business support).
  • Are not yet in receipt of any of the following working age benefits:
    • Universal Credit
    • Statutory Sick Pay
    • Employment and Support Allowance
    • Job Seekers' Allowance
    • Income Support or have applied for but not yet started receiving Universal Credit at the time of applying (Please note: you must advise DWP if you are awarded this Hardship Fund if you have applied for Universal Credit)
  • Trade as self-employed, not as a limited company. If in a partnership, you are self-employed for pay and tax purposes.

  • Have taken steps to limit costs and expenditure (including through schemes such as VAT deferral and seeking a mortgage payment and holidays).
  • Do not have access to sufficient savings or other sources of income to meet basic needs.

How to apply

Before starting the online application, please ensure you have the appropriate supporting documentation available to upload.  The system will not allow the application to proceed without the following 8 pieces of supporting documentation.

You will need a fully completed application form (completed online) and all of the following:

Photographic Proof of ID

  • A valid passport or driving license

Proof of Address

  • A council tax or utility bill, dated within last 3 months confirming you live within Glasgow City Council Local Authority Area.  (You can check if you are eligible to apply via Glasgow City Council by checking your postcode here.)

Bank Verification

  • Business or personal bank statement for the account into which you wish to receive the grant, if applicable (this must be in your own name). This should clearly show your name, address, sort code and account number dated within the last 3 months.

Evidence of Active Trading (5 pieces of supporting documentation)

  • January to March 2020 - 3 x Monthly Bank Statements
    Business or personal covering 3 months January 2020 to March 2020, this must show income and outgoings from self-employment. Please ensure bank statements show your name, your address, sort code, and account number, and monthly list of all transactions.
  • UTR or 1st supporting document of active trading
    Please submit UTR evidence showing your name, if this is not possible please select one from list below:


  • 2nd supporting document of active trading
    Please submit one of the following from list below (must be different piece of evidence to that submitted for 1st supporting document evidence):
  • A supplier or reseller trade account (active) e.g. documentation or a statement showing a trading account with a wholesaler, an eBay seller account, Amazon Business, Etsy, etc.
  • Valid business insurance in the trading name of the business or name of the applicant.
  • VAT Registration Number. This should be a letter or electronic communication.
  • Marketing materials for your business, e.g. business website, active social media. Web links, social media account name (LinkedIn, Facebook, other).
  • Other evidence of business activity to support your claim.  This could include correspondence with a supplier or customer, a testimonials, a photo of a vehicle bearing the applicant's details (so long as these match the details on the form).

To apply please complete all of the parts of the Online Form that applies to you.


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