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Coronavirus (COVID-19): summary of Scottish business support funding

Scotland-wide management information on delivered funds including local authorities breakdowns. Reflects the position in the last updated description.

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Business support funding: Scotland-wide allocations

Since the start of the pandemic in spring 2020, over £4.7 billion in business support has been used to help mitigate the economic impacts of the virus.

This document provides Scotland-wide management information on the funds delivered up to mid-April 2022.

The table covers the vast majority of funds and was compiled from existing publications of funds. This may not include a smaller number of unpublished schemes. 

The total reported here includes several types of funding. It includes direct grants paid to businesses, as well as a small number of loans.

It also includes non-domestic rates (NDR) relief granted to businesses. The relief is included for up until March 2022 (the end of the financial year).

Headline Figures

 

Total value of awards paid to date (£m)

TOTAL FINANCIAL YEAR 2022-23 4

Non-Domestic Rates - Financial Year 2021-22

712

Omicron Funding (2021-2023)

315

Local Authority Delivered Funds 2021-22 (incl. Omicron) 685
Sector Funding 2021-22 (incl. Omicron)

202

TOTAL FINANCIAL YEAR 2021-22 1,599

Non-Domestic Rates - Financial Year 2020-21

824

Local Authority Delivered Funds 2020-21

1,843

Sector Funding 2020-21

498

TOTAL FINANCIAL YEAR 2020-21

3,165

OVERALL TOTAL 2020-2022

4,767

Financial year 2022-23

Fund

Applications Received

Applications Approved

Number of awards paid to date

Total value of awards paid to date (£m)

Fund for seasonal rangers programme

 N/A

N/A

 N/A

3.9
TOTAL FINANCIAL YEAR 2022-23 

 

 

 

4

Financial year 2021-22

Fund

Applications Received

Applications Approved

Number of awards paid to date

Total value of awards paid to date (£m)

Non-Domestic Rates - Financial Year 2021-22

Application based Non-Domestic Rates Reliefs: 100% Retail, Hospitality and Leisure, aviation (RHLA) relief [4]

Information not held centrally

At least 18,280 for 100% RHLA relief [5]

Same as application approved

712

Total Non-Domestic Rates - Financial Year 2021-22

 

 

 

712

Omicron Funding - Local Authority Delivered Funds - Financial Year 2021-22

Hospitality: December and January Business Support Top Up

12,408 10,727 10,727 51.5

Hospitality and Leisure: January Business Support Top Up

14,410 12,420 12,464 19.9

Public House Table Service Restrictions Fund January

2,411 2,317 2,317

6.4

Nightclub Closure Fund

161 131

131

4.4

Scottish Brewers Support Fund

104

98

98

1.0

Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund 2022

N/A

N/A

28,767

25.0

Local Authority Covid Economic Recovery Fund [10] N/A N/A N/A 80.0

Omicron Funding - Sector Funding - Financial Year 2021-22 

Freelancers Hardship Fund

1,946

1,766

1,766

3.0

COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Tourism Fund

N/A

993

993

7.9

Scottish Wedding Industry Fund Top Up 2

2,789

2,562

2,562

2.9

Spectator Sport Fund

N/A

N/A

5

2.8

Grant support for the events sector

1,048

968

668

12.2

Close Contact Fund

12,477 12,473 9,449 22.6

Outbound Travel Support Fund

704

303

303

4.4

Fund for cultural businesses, organisations venue and grassroots venues 275 205 204 13.1
Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers 3,500 2,504 2,504 7.5
EventScotland International programmes N/A N/A N/A 1.3
EventScotland National Programme N/A N/A N/A 0.7
DigitalBoost Fund 4,494 3,403 2,684 4.0
Museums Recovery Fund 60 N/A N/A 3.0
Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas 28 26 26 3.2
Inbound Fund Top Up N/A 184 184 7.3
Scottish Wholesale Food & Drink Resilience Fund 51 40 40 5.4
Food & Drink Producers Fund 43 37 37 1.2
Fund for National Performing Companies 5 5 4 2.0
Museums and Galleries Support N/A N/A 2 0.1
Cultural Organisations Recovery Fund 314 283 251 9.3
Support for Edinburgh Festival 4 4 4 2.3
Scottish Youth Theatre N/A N/A 1 0.7
New Lanark Trust N/A N/A 1 0.3
Top up of existing Creative Scotland Open Fund N/A N/A N/A 4.2
Outdoor Education Centres Support Fund 32 N/A N/A 2.0

Total Omicron Funding (2021-2023)

 

 

 

315

Local Authority Delivered Funds - Financial Year 2021-22 

Restart Grants [9]

N/A

N/A

49,222

427.0

Localised Restrictions Support Fund

N/A

N/A

8,489

9.6

Routemap extension fund

N/A

N/A

11,131

12.6

Additional Softplay Support One-off Payment

N/A

N/A

91

0.6

Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operators Fund (June 2021)

N/A

N/A

32,443

46.5

Total Local Authority Delivered Funds 2021-22 (incl. Omicron)

 

 

 

685

Sector Funding - Financial Year 2021-22

 Scottish Wedding and Events Top Up Fund

3,600

3,593

3,534

2.8

 Legal Aid Business Support Fund

365

334

334

6.8

 Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund 2

N/A

N/A

53

8.6

 Culture Organisation and Venues Recovery Fund 2

N/A

N/A

278

8.3

 Emergency Spectator Support Fund[8]

N/A

N/A

7

13.2

 Covid-19 Support Scheme for Self-Catering Businesses

290

156

156

1.6

 Independent Cinema Recovery and Resilience Fund 2

N/A

N/A

25

1.9

 Marine and Outdoor Tourism Restart Fund (Round 2)

43

18

15

0.1

 Legal Aid Resilience and Recovery Fund [9]

289

85

85

0.6

 Scotland Coach Operators COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund Round 2

24

15

15

1.3

Total Sector Funding 2021-22 (incl. Omicron)

 

 

 

172

Total Financial Year 2021-22 

1,569

Financial Year 2020-21

Fund

Applications Received

Applications Approved

Number of awards paid to date

Total value of awards paid to date (£m)

Non-Domestic Rates - Financial Year 2020-21 

100% Retail, Hospitality and Leisure, aviation (RHLA) relief & 1.6% Universal relief outturn [1], [2]

 N/A - automatically granted

28,400 for 100% RHLA relief; 1.6% for >250,000 properties [2]

 Same as applications approved

1,001

Value of relief repayments from relief recipients as at 03/09/2021 [3]

N/A

N/A

N/A

-177

Net value of support provided by RHLA and 1.6% Universal Relief in 2020-21 [1]

N/A

N/A

N/A

824

Total Non-Domestic Rates Relief

 

 

 

824

Local Authority Delivered Funds - Financial Year 2020-21

Business Support Fund Grants (Small Business Grant Scheme and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grant Scheme)

107,750

91,429

91,429

1,021

Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund – Round 1 [6]

8,006

5,673

5,673

11.3

Bed and Breakfast Hardship Fund

639

404

404

1.2

October Circuit breaker: Closure

4,859

3,673

3,673

11.4

October Circuit breaker: Hardship

6,215

3,591

3,591

5.6

October Circuit breaker: Furlough Top-up

2,354

2,171

2,171

3.6

October Circuit breaker: Contingency

N/A

253

253

6.9

Strategic Framework Business Fund

69,150

47,658

47,658

344.8

Restart Grants [9]

N/A

/A

49,222

17.8

Local Authority Discretional Fund (including Glasgow Top-up)

34,428

27,444

27,531

104.4

Hospitality, Retail and Leisure Top-up Fund

N/A

N/A

33,388

234.3

Island Equivalent Fund

2,653

2,451

1,660

7.7

Island Equivalent Payments Top-up

N/A

N/A

605

4.1

Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund (March 2021)

N/A

N/A

21,838

32.8

Contingency Fund – Travel Agents, Brewers and Indoor Football Centres

N/A

N/A

345

5.4

Exclusive Use and Large Self Catering

N/A

N/A

1,443

3.0

Small Accommodation Providers (SAP-CTF) – Wave 1, 2 and 3

N/A

N/A

1,481

8.8

Top Up Payments To Licensed Bingo Clubs And Casinos

N/A

N/A

57

2.9

Transitional Support Fund for Childcare Providers

N/A

N/A

1,588

9.4

Temporary Restrictions Fund for Childcare Providers

N/A

N/A

N/A

7.1

Total Local Authority Delivered Funds 2020-21

 

 

 

1,843

Sector Funding - Financial Year 2020-21

 Creative, Tourism and Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund

3,413

1,894

1,894

23.6

 Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund

5,069

1,763

1,763

121.8

 Early Stage Growth Challenge Fund (grants and convertible loan notes)

199

90

90

25.0

 Pre-seed Fund (grants and wrap around support)

85

57

57

3.0

 Sea Fisheries Intervention Fund

867

836

836

8.4

 Aquaculture Hardship Fund

N/A

93

93

0.8

 Scottish Seafood Business Resilience Fund

N/A

132

132

5.8

 Coronavirus Support Scheme for Self-catering businesses [7]

N/A

150

150

1.5

 Coronavirus Liquidity Support for SME Housebuilders (Loans)

52

38

38

18.0

 Creative Scotland and Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary Funds

2,831

2,293

2,293

4.3

 Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund – Round 1 [6]

98

68

68

2.2

 Cultural Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund

348

233

233

13.2

 Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund

N/A

79

79

12.2

 Independent Cinemas Recovery and Resilience Fund

27

27

27

3.5

 Museums and Galleries Scotland Recovery and Resilience Fund (not incl. top up) [6]

116

90

90

4.6

 Museums and Galleries Scotland Covid-19 Adaption Fund

97

92

92

0.3

 Museums and Galleries Scotland Digital Resilience Fund

77

68

68

0.1

 Museums and Galleries Scotland Urgent Response COVID-19 Fund

29

20

20

0.6

 Scottish Wedding Industry Fund

3,478

2,817

2,808

25.8

 Scotland Pivotal Event Businesses Fund

129

103

103

11.4

 Culture Collective Fund

64

26

26

5.9

 Scottish Wholesale Food and Drink Resilience Fund

113

41

41

5.5

 Grassroots Music Venue Stabilisation Fund - Round 2 [6]

89

84

84

4.0

 Ski Centre Support Fund Round 1

8

8

8

3.0

 Ski Centre Support Fund Round 2

13

13

13

3.8

 Travelling ShowPeople Fund

201

149

149

1.5

Sector & Destination Operational and Market Readiness Fund

90

46

46

1.4

 Youth Arts Emergency Fund

46

38

43

1.0

 Visitor Attraction Support Fund (excludes those publicly owned tourist attractions)

407

340

340

9.7

 Marine and Outdoor Tourism Restart Fund Round 1

461

345

345

3.2

 Mobile and Home Based Close Contact Services Fund

10,033

8,945

8,945

35.8

 Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund – Round 2 [6]

9,668

8,669

8,669

34.6

 Events Industry Support Fund

833

505

505

8.1

 Events Industry Recovery Fund 2

611

419

409

7.4

 Scottish Events Recovery Fund

400

277

227

1.9

 Three Arts Venues

N/A

N/A

3

3.0

 Museums Recovery and Resilience Fund Top Up [6]

60

59

59

2.9

 Museums and Galleries Covid-19 Adaptation Fund

37

37

37

0.2

 Childminder Grants

3,669

3,657

3,657

2.7

 Legal Aid Resilience and Recovery Fund [9]

289

85

85

2.3

 Hostel COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund

216

176

176

2.5

 Scotland Coach Operators COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund Round 1

147

117

117

8.4

 Scottish Country Sports Tourism Restart Fund

142

105

105

0.8

 Scotland’s Tour Guides Fund

516

491

491

2.7

 Tour Operators Fund (including international inbound and larger domestic operators)

278

189

189

14.2

 Campervan and Motorhome Rental Operators Fund

90

72

72

0.8

 Hardship Fund Creative Freelancers

4,816

4,639

4,639

16.8

 Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Fund

4

4

2

0.7

 Hotel Support Programme

N/A

N/A

70

13.7

Emergency Spectator Support Fund [8] N/A N/A 19 46.8

Total Sector Funding 2020-21

 

 

 

531

Total Financial Year 2020-21 

3,198

Overall Total 2020-2022

4,767

Footnotes

  1. £824m is the provisional net outturn for total expenditure on RHLA relief and the 1.6% Universal Relief. It should be noted that the £824m of relief that has been awarded to ratepayers via these Covid-19 related measures is greater than the net additional benefit to ratepayers, because covid-19 related relief expenditure will have, in part, displaced previously awarded reliefs that existed prior to 2020-21 (e.g. a property previously receiving 25% SBBS relief could have received 100% RHL relief automatically in 2020-21). It is not possible to quantify precisely the value of displaced relief expenditure.
  2. This is based on a snapshot of relief recipients as at July 2020 and includes premises owned by ratepayers that later repaid these reliefs to the Scottish Government. The Universal 1.6% relief was automatically awarded to every non-domestic property (>250,000 properties).
  3. As at 3/9/2021 the Scottish Government has received payments from relief recipients totalling £177.4m reflecting the support that was automatically provided through the RHLA relief and 1.6% Universal Relief in 2020-21 to these ratepayers. This total is likely to increase should the Scottish Government receive further payments from other relief recipients.
  4. The £712m figure for 2021-22 is an SFC forecasts as published on the 9th of December 2021 and will be subject to revision once final outturn data is available. £56m has also been estimated for 2022-23 but is not included in the above totals.
  5. This is based on a snapshot of relief recipients as at June 2021, further applications for RHLA relief are expected to be received and processed after this date and are not captured in the snapshot.
  6. Scheme is listed multiple times due to rounds of payments/grants.
  7. £1m of Scottish Government funds was allocated to the support scheme for self-catering businesses. This was topped up with £0.5m of visit Scotland funds to meet demand.
  8. contains a mix of grants and loans and paid across the financial year, totalling £59.7m.
  9. These funds were paid over the financial year- Restart Grants totalled £444.8m and Legal Aid Resilience and Recovery Fund totalled £2.3m.
  10. £80m for the Local Authority Covid Economic Recovery Fund has been transferred as a general revenue grant to local authorities (LA breakdown published in Annex G of Local Government finance circular under 'Business Support & Low Income Household'- see link below).

Sources

Contact

Correspondence and enquiries

For enquiries about the publication please contact: Pippa Stone, COVID-19 Business Support Statistics
Email: Pippa.stone@gov.scot 

Contact

For general enquiries about Scottish Government statistics, please contact: Office of the Chief Statistician, Telephone: 0131 244 0442, e-mail: statistics.enquiries@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

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