New government funds have been announced which will provide support to businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Finance Secretary, Kate Forbes, wrote to businesses on 21st January 2021 to confirm the latest support from the Scottish Government. The grants come in three stages, one immediate from 21st January, with further funds available in January and new grants open from February.

The following targeted grant schemes are available now:

  • Taxi and Private Hire Fund
  • Creative Freelancer Hardship Fund
  • Museums Recovery and Resilience Fund Top up
  • Travelling Show People Support Fund
  • Culture Collective Fund
  • Youth Arts Access Fund
  • Creative Communities
  • Sector and Destination Operational and Market Readiness fund
  • Scotland Pivotal Event Business Fund

Funds going live in January:

  • Mobile Close Contact Services Support Fund including driving instructors and
  • Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund
  • Outdoor Tourism Sector Recommissioning Fund
  • Travel Agents Fund
  • Wedding Sector Support Fund
  • Events Industry Support Fund
  • Grassroots Music Venue Stabilisation Fund
  • Brewer Support Fund
    • Indoor Football Centres Fund

Funds due to open in February:

  • Tour Operators Fund
  • Visitor Attractions Fund
  • Ski Centre Support Fund
  • Visitor Accommodation Hostels Fund
  • Large (7 or more guests) Self-Catering Grant
  • Exclusive Use Grant Self-Catering

There are further funds available which will be administered by Visit Scotland:

  • Pivotal Event Businesses Fund – in progress, closed to Expressions of Interest.
  • The Sector Destination Operational & Market Readiness Fund – live now.
  • Scotland Inbound Tour Operators – COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund – Expressions of interest open 22 January.
  • Outdoor Fund, which has two strands: marine tourism and outdoor tourism – last week of January.
  • Event Industry Support Fund – late January/early February.
  • Coach Operators Fund – first week of February.
  • Visitor Attractions Fund – week commencing 8 February.
  • Hostels Fund – week commencing 15 February.

Support for Larger Self-Catering, Exclusive Use Properties and B&Bs

  • £7 million Large Self-Catering Grant and the Exclusive
    • Eligible self–catering businesses will be able to apply for one off grant support of £2,000.
    • To be eligible for the support self-catering businesses must by on the NDR roll and must be recorded by the rates assessor as sleeping seven or more guests.
    • Eligible exclusive use premises will be able to apply for £10,000 in grant support.
    • To be eligible for exclusive use self-catering support, self-catering businesses must be listed on the NDR roll, as ‘exclusive use accommodation’.
    • Support equivalent to the Strategic Framework Business Fund will also now be available to B&Bs which do not pay Non-Domestic Rates but pay council tax. This support will be paid by local authorities.

Goldwells’ Managing Director, Gary Addison said: “This is good news for businesses which have been hard hit by the pandemic. Hospitality, leisure and arts have lived through almost a year with reduced or zero income so the grants offered by the Scottish Government will hopefully enable many to keep their businesses going until trading returns. The Goldwells team has been supporting firms across north Scotland since March 2020 and I would advise any business owner or manager affected by the pandemic to check on the Scottish Government website for eligibility we can then offer any assistance to allow you to access the funds available.”