I received a grant through the Business Hardship Fund as my business was impacted by the brake restriction in October. Do I need to apply again to the Strategic Framework Business Fund or will I automatically receive another payment?
You will need to apply again. The Business Hardship Fund covering the October brake restrictions closed to applications on 3rd November. The Strategic Framework Business Fund is a separate fund and opened to applications on 13th November. You will need to apply to the Strategic Framework Business Fund here.
You only need to apply to the Strategic Framework Business Fund once and can include all of your premises in a single application. If your application is approved, you will then receive automatic payments for each 4-weekly period in which your business is required to close or restrict its operations by law until 31st March 2020.
Which local authority should I apply to?
You should apply to the local authority area in which your business is headquartered. If that is outside Fife, you can find the application link here.
Please note, your business HQ is not necessarily the same as your registered address. By business HQ, we mean the operational base from which your business is controlled. In most cases, if your business only has one premises the HQ will be the same as your business premises address. We have received applications which have stated that their business HQ is outside Fife but, on further investigation, this has turned out to be the registered address (e.g. the business owner’s home or the premises of their accountant/solicitor).
How do I know if my business is eligible for a grant and whether this will be a closure or restrictions grant?
The full criteria for the fund and the current level which applies to Fife can be found here. A detailed table of the types of business required to close or restrict their operations at each level can be viewed here.
Please note, we have received a number of enquiries and applications from the following types of business which would only qualify for support at level 4:
• Unlicensed accommodation providers (e.g. B&Bs, guest houses, self-catering).
• Close contact services (e.g. hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, spas, portrait photographers) operating from fixed premises.
• Unlicensed cafes which would close at or before 6 p.m. under normal circumstances.
• Retail (specifically non-essential retail. Essential retail would remain open and level 4).
If I don’t apply for the fund during the initial four-week qualifying period, will my payment be backdated?
Yes. As long as you apply before the fund closes (date TBC but will be no later than 31st March 2021) and meet the eligibility criteria, your payment will be backdated to 2nd November 2020 when the Strategic Framework restrictions came into effect.