Business Support Fund provided by the Scottish Government and administered by Aberdeen City Council. The fund will provide £1million to support one-off grants to Aberdeen city businesses directly impacted by the local restrictions implemented on 5 August 2020.
The general fund is is restricted to hospitality businesses specified in the local lockdown regulations. It operates as a two-tiered scheme, with a smaller grant of £1,000 for businesses with a Rateable Value (RV) of under £51,000 and a larger grant of £1,500 for those businesses with a RV over £51,000.
At the same time, the Council is inviting applications for the Discretionary Scheme for business premises that have seen a downturn in trade specifically due to restrictions impacting footfall and customer ability to travel to attend appointments or bookings.
The discretionary scheme is open to any Aberdeen city business which was open through the local lockdown that can demonstrate loss of business as direct result of the restrictions being in place.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible you must meet the following criteria:
For the General fund you must be a hospitality business premise operating within Aberdeen City local authority area that was forced to close under the local restrictions
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
Your business or premises have been forced to temporarily close as a direct result of COVID regulations (lockdown restrictions) applied to Aberdeen City on 5 August 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 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 in total, regardless of the number of premises.
How to apply
Applicants are encouraged to read the FAQ’s below to check eligibility before completing the application form.