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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Strategic Framework Business Fund

Published: 31 Dec 2020
Last updated: 26 Mar 2021 - see all updates

Grants that were available for businesses required to close by law as a result of COVID-19 restrictions including eligibility and the application process.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Strategic Framework Business Fund
Eligibility

Eligibility

In April 2021, all businesses that were in receipt of support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund received the final payment and Restart Grant.

The Strategic Framework Business Fund closed to applications on 22 March 2021. 

Whether your business was eligible depended on the location of  your premises and the level of restrictions which were in place at any point in time.

You could apply if:

  • your business was  directly impacted by restrictions, and the type/sector was specifically mentioned in the below list
  • your business was registered for non-domestic rates  - if you pay rates through a landlord rather than directly to a  local authority you could still apply but must provide evidence through a copy of the lease agreement

Limited Companies (including Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations and social enterprises), Sole Traders, Trusts, Partnerships, and Community Interest Companies could apply provided they met the above criteria.

From 1 January 2021 the upper limit on payments for any eligible business operating multiple premises was removed. 

Who cannot apply

You could not apply if your business:

  • type or sector was not specifically mentioned in the below list (as set out in schedules of the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 - part 1 contains the business closures, and part 2 contains the business restrictions) and as amended.
  • had breached wider COVID-19 regulations/requirements prior to local restrictions
  • had connections to tax havens, as set out in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (no.2) Act 2020
  • Businesses/premises required to close and eligible for a temporary closure grant

Levels 0 and 1

  • Nightclubs - a nightclub is an entertainment premises that is open until at least 2 am at the weekend, and the main or routine operation of the premises is after 7 pm,  and where the majority of the premises are given over to permanent dance floor facilities. It must also:
  • have a permanent DJ performance area booth
  • be licensed for recorded music, dance facilities and live performance (at Q5 Activities Matrix within the Premises Licence Operating Plan) and
  • the premises Licence Operating Plan at 5(g) must confirm it trades post 1am with music exceeding 85 DB and more patrons likely to be standing than seated

Level 2

  • hospitality - pubs that do not serve food (please note this requirement has now been lifted and only applies to businesses in areas that were in level 2 prior to the 26 December 2020) 
  • mobile close contact services* - which includes beauty and nail services (including make-up services), hair removal services, tattoo, piercing and body modification services, fashion design, dress-fitting and tailoring services, indoor portrait photography and art services, spa and wellness services massage therapies, complementary and alternative medicine services requiring physical contact or close physical proximity between persons, (but not osteopathy and chiropractic services), and any other services or procedures which require physical contact or close physical proximity between a provider and a customer and are not ancillary to medical, health, or social care services. This does not include mobile hairdressers or mobile barbers until level 4 restrictions apply as these services may operate in levels 0-3.
  • leisure and entertainment - soft play, funfairs, indoor bowling, theatres,  comedy clubs, concert halls, sports stadiums,  conference or exhibition centres, snooker/pool halls, music venues, casinos, nightclubs

Level 3

  • pubs that do not serve food
  • mobile close contact services
  • cinemas, arcades, soft play, funfairs, Indoor bowling, Theatres, Snooker/pool halls,  comedy clubs,  concert halls, sports stadiums,  conference or exhibition centres,  music venues, casinos, bingo halls, nightclubs

Level 4

  • accommodations - hotels, B&Bs, self-catering, caravan and camp sites
  • hospitality - restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars, social clubs
  • retail - non-essential retail (which specifically excludes food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores and corner shops; off licenses and licensed shops selling alcohol (including breweries); pharmacies (including non-dispensing pharmacies) and chemists; newsagents; building merchants and suppliers of products and tools used in building work and repairs; petrol stations, car repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, taxi or vehicle hire businesses, banks, building societies, credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs, cash points and undertakings which by way of business operate a currency exchange office, transmit money (or any representation of money) by any means or cash cheques which are made payable to customers; post offices; funeral directors; laundrettes and dry cleaners; dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody services, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services relating to mental health; veterinary surgns and pet shops; agricultural supplies shops and agricultural markets; storage and distribution facilities, including delivery drop off or collection points, where the facilities are in the premises of a business included in this sub-paragraph; )car parks; public toilets, livestock markets or auctions; outdoor markets, and outdoor car lots)
  • premises that provide close contact services including hairdressing and barber services, beauty and nail services (including make-up services); hair removal services, tattoo, piercing and body modification services ; fashion design, dress-fitting and tailoring services, indoor portrait photography and art services; massage therapies, but not sports massage provided only to professional sportspersons; complementary and alternative medicine services requiring physical contact or close physical proximity between persons, but not osteopathy and chiropractic services; spa and wellness services
  • mobile close contact services (including mobile hairdressers and barbers)
  • driving instructors
  • sport and exercise - indoor gyms, swimming pools, dance studios, exercise class/yoga studios, indoor soccer centres
  • leisure and entertainment - cinemas, arcades, soft play, funfairs, indoor bowling, theatres, comedy clubs, concert halls, sport stadiums, conference or exhibition centres, snooker/pool halls, casinos, bingo halls, nightclubs, music venues
  • visitor attractions

With effect from 26 December 2020:

  • a tanning salon or premises which operates a self-tanning machine or a spray-tan booth
  • a travel agency
  • premises laid out as a showroom to demonstrate products for installation in residential property, such as kitchen, bathroom, furniture or glazing showrooms
  • garden centre and plant nurseries  
  • homewares stores which are not suppliers of products and tools used in building work and repairs

Mobile close contact services and driving instructors were not eligible for the Strategic Framework Business Fund. 

Businesses eligible for a business restrictions grant

Level 0 

  • theatres, sports stadia, conference and exhibition centres, comedy clubs, concert halls and music venues subject to a specific cap on  the number of people who can attend an event

Level 1

  • theatres, sports stadia, conference and exhibition centres, comedy clubs, concert halls and music venues subject to a specific cap on  the number of people who can attend an event
  • all hospitality subjected to time restrictions on their operations ( i.e. no admittance after 9.30pm, closure at 10.30pm) by law - includes restaurants, licenced cafes, pubs, bars, licenced sports  and social clubs and licensed premises -  but excluding takeaways

Level 2

  • hotels and other licensed accommodation – no alcohol after 20:00. Meals until 22:00. alcohol allowed in rooms 
  • specified hospitality (subjected to restrictions such as no admittance after 7pm, closure at 8pm, alcohol only allowed with meal indoors, outdoor, no admittance after 9.30pm, closure  at 10.30pm - alcohol without a meal allowed - includes restaurants, licenced cafes, pubs, bars, licenced sports  and social clubs and licensed premises

Level 3

  • restaurants, licenced cafes, pubs, bars, licenced social and sports clubs (no alcohol at any premise. Indoor and outdoor: no admittance after 5pm, closure 6pm)
  • hotels and other licensed accommodation –  no alcohol after 18:00. Meals until 22:00. Alcohol allowed in rooms
  • sports and other facilities no longer able to provide group exercise, includes  dance studios, exercise class/yoga studios, indoor soccer centres
     

First published: 31 Dec 2020 Last updated: 26 Mar 2021 -