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The Highland Council COVID-19 Small Business Grant

Before you apply

As part of its response to the COVID-19 emergency, the Scottish Government is making grants available for certain businesses and has asked the Council to administer the Grant Scheme on its behalf within the Highland Council area.

Does my business qualify?

To establish if your business is eligible or not, please refer to the Scottish Government’s website pages (external link) or the Scottish Assessor (external link).

If you do not qualify please see our further information and support page.

Eligibility for this grant is defined by the Scottish Government (external link). To be eligible your business premises must have been occupied on Tuesday 17 March 2020. Only businesses who are currently on the Non-Domestic Rates register may apply for this grant (i.e. businesses who pay council tax will not qualify).

Businesses operating in a qualifying premises

  • Businesses operating in an eligible premises and that were in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme or Rural Relief as of 17 March 2020, can apply for a grant of £10,000 (external link).
  • This £10,000 small business grant is now extended to include ratepayers with multiple properties with individual rateable values under £18,000 but whose cumulative rateable value is between £35,000 and £51,000 and as such currently do not qualify for Small Business Bonus Scheme.
  • Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with a rateable value between £18,001 and up to and including £51,000, if operating in that sector as at 17 March 2020, will be able to apply for a grant of £25,000 (external link).

Self-catering businesses

There is a separate grant available for self-catering businesses. If you have a self-catering business, to apply please follow the guidance on our Self-Catering Business Grant page.

What can I apply for?

Businesses that qualify for both grants may request the £25,000 grant only.

From the 5th May, businesses which operate from a number of eligible properties will be able to apply for more than one grant. Further details on this recent change of eligibility and how to apply will be made available on this webpage nearer the time.

If you applied for Nursery Relief, Disabled Relief, Sports Relief and Enterprise Areas Relief but are eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme you will also qualify for this grant.

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