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The Scottish Government has introduced the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Strategic Framework Business Fund to help businesses closed or impacted by the current protective measures across Scotland. West Dunbartonshire Council administers these grants on behalf of the Scottish Government to eligible West Dunbartonshire businesses.

Business Temporary Closure Grant - Businesses required to close by law can apply for a temporary closure grant. Eligible businesses with a rateable value up to and including £51,000 are entitled to a £2,000 grant and eligible businesses with a rateable value of £51,001 or above are entitled to a £3,000 grant, payable every four weeks for the duration protective measures are in place. An upper limit of £15,000 in total in any four-week period applies to eligible businesses operating multiple premises.

Business Restrictions Grant - Businesses remaining open but required to modify their operations by protective measures can apply for a grant of £1,400 if your business premises has a rateable value of up to and including £51,000 or a grant of £2,100 if your business premises has a rateable value of £51,001 or above. Grants are payable every four weeks for the duration protective measures are in place and an upper limit of £10,500 in total in any four-week period applies to any eligible business operating multiple premises.

Eligibility

The Scottish Government has set out the eligibility information and our online application form takes you through each stage of the eligibility criteria.

How to apply

To apply for either grant, please complete the online application form.

Businesses operating multiple premises can apply for grants for each eligible premise. You should apply to the local authority area in which your business is headquartered and are only require to submit one application form.

Applications can be made up to 31 March 2021.

Please complete the online application form and you will receive an automated message to confirm we’ve received your application. Our business support team will then review your application and be in touch if they require further information.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Strategic Framework Business Fund online application

Payment

Grants are paid every four weeks in arrears and the first payment is due after 30 November 2020.

Where restrictions are extended beyond a four-week period or the level of protection in West Dunbartonshire changes, businesses do not need to reapply, with the grant entitlement reviewed and automatically awarded. When restrictions end, any final payment in arrears may be adjusted to reflect the duration of the restrictions to the nearest week.

We appreciate the importance of awarding these grants as quickly as possible and ask for your patience. We aim to pay the grants within three days of an approved application and payments will only be made into the business’ bank account.

If you require further information, please email cvbsf@west-dunbarton.gov.uk

 

Unsuccessful applicants will receive an email with the reason why the application has been unsuccessful and applicants can email cvbsf@west-dunbarton.gov.uk if they require further information on their application decision.