The Scottish Government last week announced new Business Support Grants of £10,000 and £25,000, which aim to keep companies in business, protect jobs and promote economic recovery during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Work between Government officials and all Scottish councils has continued over the course of the last week and a process for the timely and effective processing of the grants has now been agreed.
How To Apply
Payments through Stirling Council will be issued in the coming days, with the process in full swing from Monday 5th April. All successful grant applications will simply be paid into the nominated bank account.
The application process is live and grants are available until 31 March 2021.
Further information and the online application form is available here.
Convener of Stirling Council's Finance and Economy Committee, Councillor Margaret Brisley, said: “This is an incredibly difficult time for businesses across Stirling and for people worried about their jobs. Our officers are working extremely hard to ensure that these businesses get the right support and financial help that they are entitled to as quickly as possible.
“Thanks to the swift processing of applications, these grants are now being issued to help keep local companies in business and help them recover from the huge impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had.”
Small Business Support Grant (£10,000)
Grants of £10,000 are available to ratepayers of properties with specified uses in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS) or Rural Relief, or those eligible for SBBS but in receipt of Nursery Relief, Disabled Relief, the Business Growth Accelerator Relief or Fresh Start.
Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Support Grant (£25,000)
Grants of £25,000 are available to ratepayers of properties with specified uses in the leisure, hospitality and retail sectors with a rateable value of between £18,001 and £51,000.
Vice Convener Cllr Alison Laurie said: “These grants are designed to help protect jobs, prevent business closure and promote economic recovery. We are all working together to support businesses while this period of uncertainty continues and the delivery of these new grants will offer essential support for businesses as they face up to the disruption.”