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Coronavirus (COVID-19): business support fund grant statistics

Published: 17 Dec 2020
Last updated: 17 Dec 2020 - see all updates

Statistics on the coronavirus (COVID-19) business support fund grants including the number of awards granted and the value of these awards. These statistics are updated on a weekly basis.

17 Dec 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19): business support fund grant statistics

At close 8 December, Local Authorities (LAs) reported that over 106,000 applications have been received for the Small Business Grant Scheme and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grant Scheme across Scotland. Of these applications, over 91,000 grants valuing over £1,019m have been awarded. The table below summarises the weekly progress of the business grant schemes so far.

The number of applications continues to represent a best estimate, based on available information at the time. Grants awarded represents actual awards made and funds paid out.

Not reflected in the published information are applications which have been processed by Local Authorities but not resulted in a grant awarded. For example, this could be because an ineligible applicant applied and was rejected. It could also be because the local authority has asked the applicant for additional information and the LA is awaiting a response from the applicant. Through engagement with Local Authorities, we understand the vast majority of applications have been processed. We continue to work with local authorities to best reflect scheme information and will update in future should additional information be available.

The grant schemes closed to new applications on 10 July, and local authorities continue to process applications received up to this date. While we will continue to publish new figures, from 16 July onwards data is no longer be collected and published on a routine weekly basis.

Table: Cumulative total number of applications and grants paid by week


Total number of applications

Number of grants awarded

Value of grants awarded (£m)

Up to 6 April




Up to 14 April




Up to 21 April




Up to 28 April




Up to 5 May

(a) 71,177



Up to 12 May




Up to 19 May




Up to 26 May




Up to 2 June




Up to 9 June




Up to 16 June




Up to 23 June




Up to 30 June




Up to 7 July




Up to 14 July (2)




Up to 4 August (3)




Up to 8 September (3)




Up to 8 December (3)




a The number of reported applications fell between 28 April and 5 May. This was due to an improvement in reporting, removing double counting from totals. Further details on this can be found in the “COVID Business Support Fund Grant Scheme Statistics - 5th May 2020” Spreadsheet below.

2 The scheme closed to new applications on 10 July, but applications received by then continue to be processed.

3 While the scheme closed to new applications on 10 July, there was a number of last minute applications which had not been logged by 14 July, resulting in an increased number of applications being reported.


This grant support is worth over £1 billion to business, and is part of the wider business support package worth over £2.3 billion.

So that funding can be distributed as quickly as possible, eligibility for the grant scheme was linked to the non-domestic rates system:

A £10,000 grant was available to non-domestic ratepayers with properties in receipt of:

  • Small Business Bonus Scheme relief (SBBS) or Rural Relief
  • Nursery Relief, Disabled Relief, Business Growth Accelerator, Sports Relief, Enterprise Areas Relief, Fresh Start Relief or Charitable Rate Relief but eligible for SBBS

In addition, Non domestic ratepayers with retail, hospitality or leisure properties with a rateable value up to £18,000 each, and the combined rateable value of all properties is between £35,001 and £500,000, were also eligible to apply for the small business grant (note: the upper cumulative rateable value limit changed on 8 June – previously this was set at £51,000)

A £25,000 grant was available to the ratepayers of properties in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with property with a rateable value between £18,001 - £51,000.

This grant was targeted at supporting small businesses, and those medium sized businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector, who are liable for non-domestic rates in order to maximise the number of businesses we can support.

Applications for grants on additional eligible properties opened from 5 May 2020. In addition to the 100% grant on the first property, ratepayers were also eligible for a 75% grant on each subsequent property that meets the criteria for each grant.

On 8 June, applications to the Small Business Grant Fund opened to small businesses that occupy spaces including shared offices, business incubators and shared industrial units and lease the space from the landlord who is the registered ratepayer of the property.

The Small Business Grant and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant schemes closed to new applications on 10 July 2020. Applications received up to this date continue to be processed.

First published: 17 Dec 2020 Last updated: 17 Dec 2020 -