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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Restrictions Fund

Published: 21 Oct 2020
Last updated: 7 Dec 2020 - see all updates

Eligibility and how to apply for a share of the fund to support businesses affected by COVID-19 restrictions - CLOSED.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Restrictions Fund
The COVID-19 Restrictions Fund has now closed.
See the Strategic Framework Fund to find out what support is available to businesses in Scotland affected by COVID-19 restrictions.


To be eligible for this support you must have met the following criteria. 

For the business closure fund you were required to be a hospitality or other business required by law to close (except for takeaway) under these new restrictions.  

For the business hardship fund you had to be:

  • a hospitality business and some gyms, required by the regulations to operate in a restricted way
  • a producer/wholesale business based in Scotland supplying primarily short-life goods or produce to hospitality businesses required by the regulations to close or operate in a restricted way and able to evidence a 25% reduction in turnover during the brake period

If your business operated multiple premises you could apply for grants for each premise. All premises were to be included in one application however you must have stated in which premise your business is headquartered. The maximum any one business could receive was restricted, regardless of the number of premises: the upper limit for the  business closure fund was £21,000; the upper limit for business hardship fund was £14,000.

Your businesses must have been open and trading before 9 October.

You must have a business bank account. This is the account your grant was paid into if your application was successful.

Your business premises must have been registered for Non-Domestic rates. Businesses that pay rates through their landlords rather than directly to a Council were eligible to apply (evidence was to be provided through copy of lease agreement). 

Businesses which have breached wider COVID regulations/requirements prior to local restrictions were not eligible to apply. 

Businesses with connections to tax havens, as set out in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020, were not eligible to apply.

Applications were welcome from Limited Companies, Sole Traders, Trusts and Partnerships provided they met the other criteria. 

Retail and businesses that provided takeaway food as the core and established basis of their operations were not eligible for these closure or hardship funds.

For the furlough grant, your business must have applied to the closure fund eligibility criteria and have furloughed at least one member of staff since 9 October.

Information on full eligibility details for the contingency fund is available

First published: 21 Oct 2020 Last updated: 7 Dec 2020 -