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Scottish Government Business Support Fund

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Fife Council is administering Coronavirus Business Support Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government for businesses in Fife. It consists of the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.

These payments are grants and not loans. A grant awarded in respect of valid application therefore does not need to be paid back by the recipient.

Outstanding applications 

  • If you made an application in the past 10 working days and have not yet heard the outcome, please be assured that this will be processed by the local authority who will contact you in due course. If the local authority requires further information to process your application, they will contact you and you must provide this by the date specified, otherwise the local authority will consider you to have withdrawn your application.
  • If you previously applied to the local authority but they requested further information from you in order to assess your application, then you must provide this by 5pm on Friday 31st July, otherwise the local authority will consider you to have withdrawn your application.
  • If you previously applied for a grant but were considered ineligible, you may request an internal review of your case. Requests for an internal review received after 5pm on Friday July 31st will not be considered.
  • If you previously applied to your local authority but your application was dependant on the views of the relevant Assessor (for example to determine if the premises should be included in the Non-Domestic Rates Valuation Roll), this may be delayed until the Assessor is able to make a site visit. In such cases, where possible, the local authority will endeavour to process your application using other evidence to support their decision.
  • If you made an application prior to the past 10 working days and have not been advised of the outcome, you should contact your local authority at rates.team@fife.gov.uk , providing your application reference number (if you have it), property address and date of application if possible.
  • Applications received after 5pm on Friday, 10th July will not be considered.

Who can apply and what types of grants are available?

Initial One-Off Grant - Small Business

Eligible business ratepayers can apply for an initial one-off grant payment as detailed below up to 5pm on 10th July 2020. Only one initial grant is allowed per ratepayer regardless of the number of premises held.

The ratepayers of businesses located in a non-domestic property can apply to access a support fund and receive an initial one-off Small Business Support grant of £10,000. The ratepayer must have been, as of 17 March 2020:

  1. in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS)
  2. in receipt of Rural Relief
  3. eligible for SBBS but in receipt of Nursery Relief, Disabled Relief, Fresh Start Relief, Business Growth Accelerator Relief, Enterprise Areas Relief, Discretionary Sports Relief, or Charitable Rates Relief.

This is only available if they were the ratepayer for a premise occupied for that business use on 17 March 2020.

Initial One-Off Grant - Retail, Hospitality, Leisure

A separate one-off initial grant of £25,000 is available to the ratepayers of businesses in the Retail, Hospitality or Leisure sectors operating in a premise with a rateable value of £18,001 or up to £51,000. This is the rateable value as at 17 March 2020 regardless of any subsequent reduction in rateable value due to an appeal. This is only available if they were the ratepayer for a premise occupied for that business use on 17 March 2020.

Additional grants for ratepayers with multiple properties

Following the award of an initial one-off grant, each additional property for which the applicant is the ratepayer, which also meets the eligibility criteria will qualify for a grant equal to 75% of the grant.

A separate application is required for each property.

Cumulative Rateable Value Grant

Commencing 5 May ratepayers of properties in the Retail, Hospitality, and Leisure sectors whose individual rateable values do not exceed £18,000, and whose cumulative rateable value is between £35,001 and £500,000 –  will now be able apply for the Small Business Grant Fund for each of their qualifying retail, hospitality, or leisure properties.

Grant for Tenants and Occupiers

Tenants and/or occupiers of non-domestic properties such as shared office spaces, incubators and industrial units, where they are not the ratepayer but can evidence that they are required to contribute towards the charges associated with the non-domestic rates liability via the ratepayer for that property may now be eligible for the SBGF, provided the property meets the necessary qualifying criteria, and satisfactory supporting evidence can be provided.

These grants are aimed at helping keep companies in business and keep productive capacity so that they can recover. Their intention is to:

  • Protect jobs
  • Prevent business closure
  • Promote economic recovery

The deadline for applications to the Business Support Fund is 10 July 2020.

How to Apply

Please complete all of the parts of this online application that apply to you in full. Fife Council will review your application and assess if you are eligible for the grant.

  • Information provided by an applicant will be verified against other information sources held by Fife Council. This will assist timely application processing, fraud prevention and for auditing purposes.
  • Applications may be subject to delay if incomplete or incorrect details are supplied.
  • If a grant is awarded on the basis of false or inaccurate information, it may result in arrangements being made to recover the award, and legal proceedings being initiated.

Please read the following information before submitting your form.

  • Applicants are required to submit separate applications for each individual eligible property.
  • Ratepayers with multiple eligible properties in different Local Authorities are required to make separate applications to each Authority in which the properties are situated
  • In all applications, ratepayers must disclose the details of previous applications for grant support under this Scheme, whether the application was approved or otherwise.
  • You must submit all necessary supporting information with your application. Failure to submit required documentation may result in a delay.
  • This Fund is part of a suite of measures designed to support businesses experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19. To support as many different types, sizes, and sectors of business as is possible, recipients of one Fund may not be eligible to receive support from another. Businesses are encouraged to refrain from claiming additional grant support unless absolutely necessary and, when making this determination, to consider on the Scheme’s objectives above.

Frequently asked questions

I don’t know my Rates account number?

Your 11 digit rates account number can be found on any correspondence issued by Fife Council’s Business Rates Team. If you are unable to locate this, please quote the 9 digit valuation reference number, which can be found at www.saa.gov.uk, or a six digit property reference number found at www.fife.gov.uk/businessrates under publications.

When completing your application, please make sure that you populate all other relevant fields. We will contact you - by either letter or email - with your 11 digit rates reference number, if we need further verification or information. We will then ask you to resubmit your application quoting this rates reference number.

Do I need to include a copy of a bank statement?

Yes. A bank statement no older than three months must be attached to your email. This can be an electronic download, a scanned copy of a paper statement, or photographic image of a statement. Please note that applications without a valid bank statement will not be processed. The team will be in touch asking for this to be provided if it is not included with your email and it may take longer to process your application.

Who can I contact for an update on my application?

We are working hard to process applications, so there is no need to contact us at this time about an existing application. If there are any issues, or you are not eligible to apply, we will contact you. Please bear with us.

What is the deadline for applications?

Applications can be submitted up to 10 July 2020.

I should be the ratepayer or the ratepayer eligible for small business bonus but the Rates team have not been informed?

You need to let the rates team know of any changes by visiting www.fife.gov.uk/businessrates and completing the change of ownership or change of tenancy form. Applications for relief can be made by clicking the Business rate reductions button.

I am an occupier, but my landlord is responsible for paying rates.

The ratepayer is eligible for the grant.

When can I expect to receive a grant payment?

We are busy processing grants. Payments of the £10k and £25k grants started on 7 April 2020.

The team is working hard to process the applications and will pass successful applications for payment as soon as possible. We are processing grants in date order and as soon as we are able, which may take some time given the volume of applications. We are committed to supporting Fife businesses, and we will process your request as quickly as possible.

We know many of you are waiting to hear about your application. Our business teams continue to work around the clock to approve and award applications. Businesses that have waited over 10 days can contact ec.dev@fife.gov.uk and we’ll investigate your claim.


Click here for more information about the Scottish Government Business Support Fund.