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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Local Restrictions Grant: information for businesses

Published: 14 May 2021
Last updated: 3 Jun 2021 - see all updates

Financial support available to businesses in areas that remain under higher levels of COVID-19 restrictions.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Local Restrictions Grant: information for businesses
Moray

Moray Local Restrictions Grant

These grants were provided to cover a two-week period from Monday 17 May 2021.

The Moray Local Restrictions Grant provides grants to specific businesses in Moray that are impacted by our decision to retain Protection Level 3 Restrictions in response to rates of COVID-19 in the Moray area.

This fund will provide grants of up to £1,500, depending on Rateable Value, to cover up to a two-week period, to specific businesses that previously received financial support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund or the Small Accommodation Providers Paying Council Tax Support Fund.

This fund provides further financial support of:

  • up to £1,500 of support to those sectors in Moray that remain closed in Protection Level 3 but which will be permitted to open or subject to less stringent restrictions elsewhere in Scotland from Monday 17 May 2021 in accordance with the Scottish Government’s Routemap.
  • up to £1,000 of support to the hospitality and tourism sector in Moray in recognition of the impact travel restrictions will have as only permitted travel in and out of the council area will be in force from 17 May. It provides support to accommodation businesses that are otherwise ineligible for support at Protection Level 3.

Retail and sectors closed by law elsewhere in Scotland at Level 2 are not eligible for this additional support.

What you can get

If you operate a business in Moray that the Regulations require to remain closed at Protection Level 3 but would be permitted to open in other parts of Scotland from Monday 17 May 2021 you will receive:

  • a one off grant of £1,500 for properties with Rateable Value of £51,001 or over

or

  • a one off grant of £1,000 for properties with Rateable Value up to £51,000

If you operate a business in Moray that the Regulations require to modify its operations as a result of being in Protection Level 3 you will receive:

  • a one off grant of £1,050 for properties with Rateable Value of £51,001 or over

or

  • a one off grant of £700 for properties with Rateable Value up to £51,000

If you operate a hospitality or tourism business in Moray that the Scottish Government considers to be impacted by travel restrictions but are not specifically required to close or modify its operations by Regulation at Protection Level 3, you are eligible for:

  • a one off grant of up to £1,000 for properties with a Rateable Value of £51,001 or over

or

  • a one off grant of up to £500 for properties with a Rateable Value up to £51,000 or which pay Council Tax rather than Non-Domestic Rates

To ensure parity with businesses elsewhere in Scotland, only those businesses in Moray that remain closed in Protection Level 3 but which would have otherwise permitted to open or subject to less stringent restrictions from Monday 17 May in accordance with the Scottish Government’s Routemap are eligible for support.

How grants will be paid

Grants will be processed by Friday 21 May to businesses that meet the eligibility criteria and which have previously received support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund or the Small Accommodation Providers Paying Council Tax Support Fund. Businesses do not need to apply for this fund.

Eligibility

To be eligible for financial support through this fund you must operate a business in Moray that is impacted by the Scottish Government’s decision to retain Protection Level 3 Restrictions in the area. Specifically your business must be:

  • required to remain closed at Protection Level 3 but would have otherwise have been permitted to open on Monday 17 May had Moray Council moved to Protection Level 2. Nightclubs and softplay centres are therefore not eligible for support through this fund
  • required to continue to modify its operations in accordance with the Regulations in place at Protection Level 3
  • an accommodation business or visitor attraction. These are sectors which, despite not being required to close or specifically modify their operations as a result of Regulations, are impacted by the travel restrictions in place at Protection Level 3

Only businesses that have previously received financial support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund or the Small Accommodation Providers Paying Council Tax Support Fund are eligible for a grant through this scheme. Businesses that have not previously received support through either of these schemes but otherwise meet the eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply to Moray Council’s Local Authority Discretionary Fund.

How to apply

Grants will be paid automatically to eligible businesses, there is no application process for this fund.


First published: 14 May 2021 Last updated: 3 Jun 2021 -