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Business support grants & rates relief

Responding to COVID-19

COVID-19 Discretionary Fund
The aim of this fund is to mitigate the short term financial challenges being experienced by businesses adversely impacted by restrictions and regulations introduced since October 2020 to control the spread of COVID-19. It enables individual local authorities to direct additional financial support to specific groups, sectors or businesses within their local business communities who are experiencing immediate financial challenges as a result of current restrictions and regulations.

To find out more about the Aberdeenshire Council Discretionary Fund and to apply please visit this page.
To find out more about the Aberdeen City Council Discretionary Fund and to apply please visit this page.

COVID-19 Strategic Framework Business Fund
If a business is required to close by law or to significantly change its operations due to COVID-19 restrictions from 2 November 2020, it may be eligible for this grant funding. Please see the relevant local authority's website for payment schedules and details of top-up grants. Links can be found below.

Business Temporary Closure Grant
The business temporary closure grant is for business required to close by law:
• £2,000 for premises which have a rateable value of up to and including £51,000
• £3,000 for premises which have a rateable value of £51,001 or above
The grant is payable for every four weeks for the duration the protective measures to close the business apply.
Please click here
to check the list of eligible business types/ sectors.

Find out more:
Aberdeen City Council
Aberdeenshire Council

Business Restrictions Grant


The Business Restrictions Grant is a grant for businesses that remain open but are specifically required to modify their operations by protective measures, payable every four weeks in arrears for the duration measures are in place. This means that your business is legally required to close earlier than normal, for example, not that you have to adopt physical distancing or that the demand for your products or services has been reduced because of the pandemic or other restrictions which impact on individuals and communities:
• £1,400 for premises which have a rateable value of up to and including £51,000
• £2,100 for premises which have a rateable value of £51,001 or above
Please click here to check the list of eligible business types/ sectors.

Find out more:
Aberdeen City Council
Aberdeenshire Council

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All businesses in the retail, hospitality and tourism sectors will be eligible for one year’s 100% non-domestic rates relief from 1st April 2020. You do not need to apply for this, it will be automatically applied when your rates bill is raised.

Contact Aberdeen City Council's Business Rates team: 01224 346146
Contact Aberdeenshire Council's Business Rates team: 01346 415824

Business Support Grant Fund Statistics:
Aberdeen City Council Grant Statistics
Grant awards summary up to 14 July 2020

Scottish Government Grant Statistics

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