Businesses required to close due to COVID-19 restrictions may be eligible for a new tranche of funding administered by local authorities. Aberdeen City Council are now accepting applications to the Strategic Framework Business Fund provided by Scottish Government. Linked to Scotland’s Strategic Framework, businesses required to close by law or to significantly change operations due to COVID-19 restrictions may be eligible for grant funding. Funding will cover any closures with the earliest claim date being 2 November 2020.
Those required to close can apply for the Temporary Closure grant and will be entitled to a payment of £2,000 or £3,000 dependant on Rateable Value. Grants will be paid every four weeks in arrears, with an upper limit of £15,000 in total per four-week period for eligible businesses operating multiple premises.
Businesses required to modify operations, for example closing time, can apply to the Business Restrictions grant. This grant offers a payment of £1,400 or £2,100 based on Rateable Values and is again payable every four weeks with an upper limit of £10,500 for businesses with multiple premises.
For full eligibility criteria and to apply please visit:
Please note: This funding is completely separate from the Business Hardship fund, you will not automatically receive the 4 week grants because you are recipient of the Business Hardship Fund - in order to receive the 4 week payments you must apply to the Strategic Framework Business Fund.
Who is currently eligible?
Businesses/premises required to
Close and eligible for a Temporary Closure grant
Businesses eligible for a Business Restrictions grant grants
Hospitality: Pubs that do not serve food (wet bar)
Leisure and entertainment: soft play, funfairs, indoor bowling, theatres, comedy clubs, sports stadiums, conference or exhibition centres, snooker/pool halls, music venues, casinos, nightclubs.
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.
Licenced premises: restaurants, licenced cafes, pubs, bars, licenced sports and social clubs.
Not eligible: Businesses not specified as required to close or operate under restrictions (i.e. close early) in the regulations, businesses are not eligible as ‘restricted’ simply because you have to adopt physical distancing or that the demand for your products or services has been reduced because of the pandemic or other restrictions which impact on individuals and communities