Recently self-employed to access new hardship fund

A new grant hardship fund is now open for applications from individuals who recently became self-employed.

Thursday, April 30, 2020
A new grant hardship fund is now open for applications from individuals who recently became self-employed.

The £34 million fund launched today and eligible applicants can apply for a £2,000 grant.

The Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund from the Scottish Government is being administered by local authorities across the country, providing support to those who are recently self-employed, suffering financial hardship and are unable to access other grant support schemes.

These grants make up part of a £100 million Scottish Government fund to support the self-employed and SMEs announced on 21 April 2020.

Open to those who became self-employed on or after 6 April 2019 and who were actively trading up to March 2020, Aberdeenshire Council and Aberdeen City Council are now accepting applications.

Applicants will be required to meet various criteria and it is anticipated successful applicants will receive the funds within 10 days of applying.

Successful applicants may continue to work or take on other employment including voluntary work while applying for or in receipt of grants.

Cllr Jim Gifford, leader of Aberdeenshire Council said: "As our local and national economy suffers the impact of COVID-19, it is vital we support those across all types of employment. We have seen great success to-date through the Coronavirus Business Support Fund which we have also been entrusted to administer, with 2,453 companies accessing more than £28.5 million as of today.

"The Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund is another important support tool to help ease the pressure in some way. If you are self-employed please review the criteria on the Aberdeenshire Council website and submit your application in order to access this funding.

"I would like to once again remind you that our teams are here to support you and your business during this challenging time."

Cllr Douglas Lumsden, co-leader of Aberdeen City Council said, “As an organisation, we are determined to keep doing everything we can to support individuals, families and businesses through the pressures they face during the current pandemic. I would encourage eligible self-employed individuals to submit their applications to Aberdeen City Council as soon as possible so we can help provide the support they need during these difficult times”.

The Aberdeenshire Council application form can be found here.

The Aberdeen City Council application form can be found here.

For an overview of all available business support please click here

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