Business support grants & rates relief

Responding to COVID-19

Small Business Bonus and Rural Relief schemes continue for all eligible businesses:
Small Business Bonus Scheme
Rural Relief

Business Support Fund provided by the Scottish Government and administered by local authorities:
• If you are eligible for either the Small Business Bonus or Rural Relief schemes, you may also be eligible for an additional £10,000 grant from the Scottish Government
• If your property has a rateable value between £18,000 and £51,000 you may be eligible for a £25,000 hospitality, leisure and retail property grant

Extension to grant schemes
From May 2020, eligibility to the small business support grant scheme has been extended to include:
• Ratepayers with multiple properties (only in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors) with individual rateable values under £18,000 but whose cumulative rateable value is between £35,000 and £51,000
• Those eligible for SBBS but in receipt of Nursery Relief, Disabled Relief, Fresh Start Relief, Business Growth Accelerator Relief, Discretionary Sports Relief, or Charitable Rates Relief.
• Small properties in enterprise areas that are eligible for SBBS but are in receipt of enterprise area relief

Apply to the business support grants:
Aberdeenshire Council
Aberdeen City Council
*Please note: Both local authorities are currently dealing with a high volume of applications and are processing these as quickly as possible.

• 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

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