The aim of this fund is to mitigate the short-term financial challenges experienced by businesses adversely impacted by restrictions and regulations introduced since October 2020 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 area who are experiencing immediate financial challenges as a result of current restrictions and regulations and that have received limited direct financial support from the Scottish Government.
The priority for these grants is local small, medium and micro businesses (i.e. those with fewer than 250 employees). SCIOs, charitable organisations and social enterprises are eligible, where they have a trading aspect to their organisation that has been adversely impacted by Covid-19 restrictions. Please note donations and collections are not considered ‘trading’.
These grants are for support in respect to losses occurred to date, they are not intended for start-up/restart activity.
- Individuals: (sole traders, partnerships or Limited Company with no employees other than other Directors, partners or a spouse as employee) one off grants of £2,500
- Micro Business: (2-9 employees not including directors, partners or spouses) One off grants of £5,000
- Small Business (10 to 49 employees) One off grants £10,000
- Medium Business (50 -250 employees) One off grants £15,000
- New Business: business that have been operating less than 12 months / unable to demonstrate losses in comparison to 2020/21 financial year One of grants of £2,500
Please note this is a single payment per business. Businesses with multiple premises will only be eligible for one payment. This fund will be issued on a first come first served basis.
- Saw their trading income significantly impacted by COVID-19, in comparison to the previous year’s trading by at least 30% of previous years income
- Be based or headquartered as a business within the Aberdeen City boundary
- Have a business bank account. For sole traders and the self-employed, personal bank accounts are acceptable as long as statements can be provided that show transactions directly related to the business
- Be able to demonstrate active trading in the run up to March 2020*
- Be registered as a business before March 23rd 2020*
*This criteria does not apply to those applying as a ‘new business’, to be eligible for new business support you must have begun trading in 2020.
If you have been awarded or are eligible for other funding
You should not apply for this fund if you have received any of the following support from the Council or Scottish Government since 1 October 2020, including:
- Coronavirus Strategic Framework Business Fund
- Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund
- COVID-19 Museum Development Fund
- Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers
- Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund
- Food and Drink Resilience Wholesale Fund
- wedding and events venues and accommodation providers fund
- Mobile Close Contact Services
- Bed and Breakfasts, guesthouses and self-catered accommodation
- travel agents
- tour operators
- indoor football centres
- coach and tour operators, visitor attractions, visitor accommodation hostels
If you received a grant from the first round of the Discretionary Fund you are not eligible to apply to the second phase at this time, the priority is currently businesses which have received no support to date.
Receipt of the Discretionary fund could impact your eligibility for the above sector specific schemes.
Employers that have been in receipt of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or Individuals in receipt of the Income Support Scheme can still apply for this fund but these grants will be considered as income when assessing your eligibility.
Businesses should check their eligibility for these schemes and apply to them (where relevant) before considering applying for a Discretionary Business Disruption Grant.
Further details on all of the new funding schemes are available at www.findbusinesssupport.gov.scot
How to Apply
The second round of the Discretionary Fund closed at noon on Monday 10 May 2021.
Future Covid-19 support programmes are under consideration, information will be published here as and when future support is announced.
Please refer to the FAQ below first before contacting the team, most queries will be covered there.
Please also note that due to the volume of applications anticipated we will not be able to provide updates on specific applications while in process. If you do contact us please include your application reference number and your specific question and we will do our best to have an answer for you when we respond.