Local restrictions business support fund

General Fund

This fund closed to new applications on Monday 19 October.

Following discussion with the Scottish Government, the Local Restrictions Business Support Fund grant levels have been increased to £2,875 and £4,310 (based on Rateable Value) for those businesses which were forced to close by law in August, the same as the new Business Closure Fund applicable to the 5 affected health board areas under the October 9th regulations.  If you have previously been awarded under the general criteria you will receive a second payment to bring your grant up to the new level. There is no need to reapply or contact the Council regarding this. Please note businesses awarded under the discretionary fund who were impacted by travel restrictions but not forced to close by law, do not qualify for the top up.

Discretionary Fund 

Applications to the Discretionary fund are now closed.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible you must meet the following criteria: 

  • The discretionary fund is open to businesses operating premises within  Aberdeen City that were not specified to close but saw their trading impacted by the local restrictions 

  • 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 local restrictions are not eligible to apply 

  • Restrictions must apply to your business for a minimum of 15 days for support to be triggered. 

  • 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 for Discretionary Fund, regardless of the number of premises.

Business Hardship Fund

You may also be interested in the Business Hardship Fund

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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 (£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.  Further information and application form is available here .

You can find your properties rateable value on your Non-Domestic Rates bill issued by Aberdeen City Council or alternatively you can use the non-domestic rates calculator. It can also be found on website of the Scottish Assessor Association.

Grant recipients will need to declare this as income to HMRC.

 Businesses will be asked to provide documentary evidence of their status and eligibility for the grant. Local authorities will then determine whether they meet the criteria, set out in guidance from the Scottish Government.

You will need to supply:

  • A recent business bank statement which evidences active trading up to the 5th August 2020
  • If your landlord is the named rates bill payer you must provide a copy of your lease agreement to demonstrate you contribute to the rates through your rental payments
  • You will also need to declare you meet the other conditions of criteria
  • Discretionary Fund applications will be required to submit one piece of additional evidence to demonstrate loss of income due to local restrictions i.e. profit and loss accounts, invoices and receipts, details of contracts lost or cancelled booking diaries/ work schedules or cancelled customer bookings

  • The criteria will now include cafe and restaurant businesses premises that were closed but offering a takeaway service. 
  • Hotels providing room service to residents.
  • Companies that are ‘dormant’, ceased trading or in the process of closing down (insolvency/ voluntarily) at this time of application. Your business must be a going concern.

If you are registered with Aberdeen City Council as any of the following food business types you are not eligible:

  • Food manufacturing/processing 
  • Seasonal Slaughter/ Food Packer
  • Staff restaurant / Canteen / Kitchen
  • Importer
  • Catering
  • Wholesale / cash & carry
  • Hospital / Residential home / School
  • Distribution / Warehousing
  • Retailer
  • Private house
  • Farm Shop
  • Movable establishment e.g. ice cream van
  • Food Broker
  • Market
  • Takeaway
  • Seasonal Slaughter

Please note this criteria is for the ‘general’ fund, if this prevents you from applying there will be a discretionary funding being made available to provide support for businesses impacted, but not directly specified in the regulations. 

The Scottish Government local lockdown regs specified the type of business that were required to close. Businesses that closed but were not specified in the regulations or that were impacted can apply under the Discretionary element of the fund.

Food businesses operating from premises  for the sale of hot food for consumption off the premises’. e.g. pizza shops, takeaways, kebab shops, fish and chip shops.

Business premises that were not permitted to be open under Phase 3 Scotland’s Route Map as of 5th August 2020. Your business must have been open for trade or in the process of reopening prior to Local Restrictions being introduced.

Applications will be prioritised, and timing will depend on demand. We will aim to process applications and funding within ten working days.

Please note these timescales are for complete applications, including all relevant supporting documentation.  Incomplete applications and missing documentations will extend the timeline.


Yes, if you are not satisfied the decision is correct you can make an appeal though the online form.

Yes, if you are not satisfied the decision is correct you can make an appeal though the online form.

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