The Exclusive Use Grant
The Exclusive Use Grant was announced as part of the same package in December 2020 – to be referred to: as required, as the ‘Exclusive Use Grant’.
In recognition of the restrictions on gatherings and the one household rule for self-catering accommodation, Exclusive use properties that provide accommodation are eligible for one off grants of £10,000, if they pay Non Domestic Rates and have been evaluated by the Scottish Assessors Association as an Exclusive Use Venue providing overnight accommodation, either in their main building or in lodges at the property, or a combination of both. There is no cap on the number of premises per business.
Delivery to be via local authority NDR teams, and verification that a property was recorded by the rates assessor as being an exclusive use venue, prior to 1 January 2021 to be carried out, in conjunction with the rates assessor.
Local authorities to identify and invite relevant businesses to apply, rather than running an open application process, to avoid large volume of in-eligible applications.
To be eligible a business should not have received a one-off £25,000 payment from the Hospitality Sector Top-Up Payment, or grant from the Scottish Wedding Industry Fund (self declaration acceptable). Where a business premises that is eligible for an exclusive use payment, is already in receipt of a 6k hospitality top up they will receive an additional £4k to bring the total sum to the £10k grant for exclusive use.
The maximum sum payable to a single premises under the Large Self-catering and Exclusive use funds combined is £10k. A business cannot be paid both 2k under Large Self-catering and 10k under Exclusive Use.
The business should be trading on 2 November 2020.
NB recent estimates suggest there are a total of 61 properties recorded as exclusive use venues.
For B&Bs paying council tax - additional support valued at £1m every 4 weeks to be referred to: as required, as the ‘Support for B&Bs paying Council Tax Grant’.