Grant Funding | Glasgow Chamber of Commerce

Grant Funding

COVID 19 Business Support and Continuity Tourism Fund

VisitScotland will distribute funding worth up to £28.8 million to the tourism and events industry as part of a multimillion-pound Scottish Government support package for businesses impacted by the spread of the Omicron COVID variant.

The funding includes up to £9 million for tourism businesses, which will be distributed by VisitScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government.

To help funding reach businesses in the quickest way possible, a one-off payment may be made to businesses previously supported in 2021.

Following discussions with the Scottish Government and the Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group (STERG), it has been decided that the following sectors, previously supported by other funds, will be eligible for top-up grants:

  • coach operators
  • day tour operators
  • hostels
  • inbound tour operators
  • outdoor/marine
  • visitor attractions

To qualify for a grant, a business must still be trading and have been open and incurred a loss between 8 December 2021 and 21 January 2022.

Eligible businesses which were previously supported by VisitScotland through other funds will be contacted directly by email and asked to confirm basic information before payments are made.

Eligible businesses will receive a top-up payment of £6,800 under the fund.

-------

Nightclub Closure Fund

The Nightclub Closure Fund will provide a one-off payment to support nightclubs that were required to close as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) measures in December 2021 and January 2022.

The grant is a one-off payment at the rate of:

  • £25,000 for premises which have a rateable value of up to and including £40,000
  • £35,000 for premises which have a rateable value between £40,001 and £75,000
  • £55,000 for premises which have a rateable value of £75,001 or above

Individual ratepayers with more than one business may receive an award for each registered business entity.

Nightclubs which have previously received support will be contacted and asked to complete an application by 14 January 2022.

Businesses which have not received an invite by 14 January 2022 and believe they should have can contact covidbusinesssupport@gov.scot

Businesses which are registered as a nightclub but have never received COVID-19 funding through their local authority may be eligible for this fund. Additional details will be required in order to assess their eligibility.

--------

Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund 2022

The Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund 2022 will provide a one-off payment to eligible drivers and operators who have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in December 2021 and January 2022.

For drivers, local authorities will make a further payment of £750 to all drivers who previously received a grant through the Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund in 2021.

For operators, local authorities will make a payment to all eligible operators who previously received a grant through the Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund in 2021.

The amount you receive will depend on the number of vehicles you have:

  • owner/operators with one vehicle - a single award of £750
  • owner/operators with 2 to 9 vehicles - a single award of £3,000
  • owner/operators with 10 to 49 vehicles - a single award of £7,000
  • owner/operators with 50 or more vehicles – a single award of £15,000

Local authorities will contact all eligible vehicle licence holders to verify eligibility and arrange payment.

-------

Scottish Government financial support - cultural and events organisations and freelancers

The Scottish Government has announced a £21 million support package to support cultural and events organisations and freelancers experiencing cancellations due to the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant.

The funds will be allocated as follows:

  • £10.2 million for cultural organisations and venues to be administered by Creative Scotland
  • £2.8 million towards the wider events supply chain to be administered by EventScotland.
  • £8 million for the Cancellation Fund for Creative Freelancers to be administered by Creative Scotland.

Creative freelancers can apply for between £500 and £2,000 from the cancellation fund which opens at 2pm on Thursday, 6 January 2022.

Details on who is eligible for the fund and how to apply will be available on Creative Scotland’s website.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): December and January Business Support Top Up - Hospitality - information for businesses

The December and January Business Support Top Up – Hospitality will provide financial support to businesses in the hospitality sector affected by the latest public health advice. 

The grant is a one-off payment at the rate of:

  • £4,500 for premises which have a rateable value of up to and including £51,000, or
  • £6,800 for premises have a rateable value of £51,001 or above

The December and January Business Support Top Up – Hospitality will provide support to businesses in the hospitality sector who have lost crucial bookings during this key trading period where they are registered as one of the following:

  • public houses
  • restaurants,
  • cafes
  • other licensed premises classed as hospitality
  • nightclubs
  • hotels with bars and restaurants

In the first instance, local authorities will contact businesses they have previously made payments to through the Strategic Framework Business Fund. 

-------

£100 million support for business

Updated 17 December 2021

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced the breakdown of a lifeline £100 million financial package to support businesses experiencing cancellations due to the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant.

The £100 million support package is broken down into:

  • £66 million for eligible hospitality businesses
  • £20 million for the culture sector
  • £8 million for food and drink supply chain businesses including wholesalers
  • £3 million for the wedding sector
  • £3 million for the worst affected businesses in the tourism sector, including international inbound tour operators

Final details of the funding available and how to apply is being determined in discussion with business organisations and will be published next week. Eligible hospitality businesses will be contacted directly by their local authorities and will not need to apply for support.

---------

Business Ventilation Fund

The Scottish Government’s Business Ventilation Fund will aim to businesses improve ventilation and air quality on their premises to help reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. The fund will allow businesses to claim back costs to improve ventilation of up to £2500. Support aims to target high-risk settings where people come into close proximity, such as hospitality and leisure sectors.

To be eligible for funding, businesses must:

  • be a small or medium-sized enterprise
  • be in an eligible sector
  • have physical premises
  • pay non-domestic rates

Applications will open the week beginning 22 November 2021.

If your business is in an eligible sector, you will be able to start the application process week beginning 22 November. Next steps:

  • complete an online self-assessment form to receive advice on whether your business requires support to improve ventilation
  • if eligible for support, you will be asked to provide further details about your business and the remedial work you propose to undertake to improve ventilation
  • if the proposed work is approved, you can submit receipts for work carried out and a payment of up to £2,500 will be made

Businesses that have already completed improvements to their ventilation prior to the fund opening will not be eligible to claim costs back. However, they may still be eligible for additional improvements depending on what the prior improvements involved.

For further information, click here.

 

Our Partners

© Copyright 2017 Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. All Rights Reserved.
Glasgow Chamber of Commerce is British Chamber of Commerce Accredited.
Website by Beam Digital and Design. SEO by Boyd Digital