Discretionary Business Support Fund

February 2nd 2021

Funding has been provided by the Scottish Government to local authorities to provide additional support for businesses where they consider that necessary or justified.

The aim of this fund is to mitigate the short term financial challenges being experienced by businesses adversely impacted by restrictions and regulations introduced since October to control the spread of COVID-19. It enables individual local authorities to direct additional financial support to specific groups, sectors or businesses within their local business communities who are experiencing immediate financial challenges as a result of current restrictions and regulations.

This fund provides eligible businesses with a one-off grant to support them through the latest Coronavirus restrictions. The fund is targeted at small and micro businesses (50 employees or fewer) and the self-employed and takes into consideration local priorities and gaps in support. It is specifically aimed at businesses and individuals that haven’t received other Scottish Government financial support introduced since October 2020.

Local authorities can use this fund at their discretion and will undertake their own assessment of need and develop application processes accordingly.

To check eligibility and apply for this fund, you need to go through your local council:

Angus – open now
Argyll and Bute
Dumfries and Galloway
East Ayrshire
East Dunbartonshire
East Lothian – opening 3rd February
East Renfrewshire
Edinburgh – opens 3rd February – first come first served basis
Moray (click on ‘Money, Businesses and Council Housing’)
Na h-Eileanan Siar
North Ayrshire
North Lanarkshire
Perth and Kinross
Scottish Borders – opening 8th February
Shetland Islands
South Ayrshire
South Lanarkshire
Stirling – open now
West Dunbartonshire – open now, first come first served basis
West Lothian – open now