Business Hardship Fund

The Scottish Government’s Business Hardship Fund administered by Aberdeen City Council will provide one-off grants to businesses very directly impacted by the restrictions implemented on 9th October 2020.

Grants are available to hospitality businesses (food and drink) and gyms required to operate in a restricted way under regulation, and to producers/ wholesale businesses supplying to the affected hospitality businesses where there is evidence of lost income. It operates as a two-tiered scheme. Premises with a Rateable Value of under £51,000 will receive a grant of £1,440. Premises with a Rateable Value of over £51,000 will receive a grant of £2,155. 

Who is eligible?

  • Hospitality businesses and some gyms, required by the regulations to operate in a restricted way;
  • Or a producers/Wholesale businesses supplying primarily perishable supplies to hospitality businesses required by the regulations to close or operate in a restricted way and able to evidence a 25% reduction in turnover during the brake period
  • Your business was trading on 9th October 2020
  • You have a business bank account. This is the account your grant will be paid into if your application is successful 
  • Your business premises is registered for Non-Domestic rates. Businesses that pay rates through their landlords rather than directly to Aberdeen City Council are eligible to apply (evidence to be provided through copy of lease agreement) 
  • Businesses which have breached wider COVID regulations/requirements prior to restrictions coming into force on 9th October are not eligible to apply
  •  Applications are welcome from Limited Companies, Sole Traders, Trusts and Partnerships provided they meet the other points of criteria. 
  • Businesses that operate multiple premises can apply for grants for each premise. The maximum any one business can receive will be restricted to £10,000 in total, regardless of the number of premises.

At the moment, charitable and voluntary organisations, some social and welfare clubs are not able to access this fund. In addition, general retail, Bed and Breakfasts, self-catering accommodation, unlicensed cafes and businesses that provide takeaway food as the established basis of their operations are not eligible.

Sports clubs which are restricted due to the closure of licenced bar are now eligible.

How to apply

The fund is now closed for applications.

Local Restrictions Business Support Fund 

You may also be interested in the Local Restrictions Discretionary Fund set up to support businesses impacted by the local restrictions introduced in August. 

Contact us

businessgrowthteam@aberdeencity.gov.uk 

01224 346145

Frequently Asked Questions

Businesses with a Rateable Value (RV) of under £51,000 are eligible for a grant of £2,000 (£1,000 Discretionary Fund).

Businesses with a Rateable Value (RV) over £51,000 are eligible for a grant of £3,000 (£1,500 Discretionary Fund).

You can only apply once per a property.

Yes, businesses that operate multiple premises can apply for a grant for each premise, a separate application must be made for each.

The maximum any one business can receive will be restricted to £15,000 in total £2,000 (£10,000 for Discretionary Fund), regardless of the number of premises.

From Tuesday 20th October the Business Hardship Fund will make available grants up to £1,500 to hospitality businesses and gyms required to operate in a restricted way under regulation, and to producers/ wholesale businesses supplying to the affected hospitality businesses where there is evidence of lost income.  


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