Business Discretionary Fund

Purpose of the grant

The Discretionary Fund provides assistance to small businesses and the self-employed based in Argyll and Bute who are facing short-term financial challenges as a result of COVID restrictions, and who have been ineligible for  any of the COVID related business support announced by the Scottish Government since 1 October 2020.

The Fund is focussed on the businesses who need short-term financial help to continue actively trading. It cannot be used to replace lost income for a business that still has sufficient cash reserves to meet its needs.

Please send any enquiries to: dffb@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Before you start

To be eligible, your business must be:

  • Negatively impacted by COVID and facing short-term financial challenges  including returning  income in the period October to December 2020 at least 30% lower than in the equivalent period in 2019
  • Based in Argyll and Bute
  • NOT be eligible for any COVID business grant funds announced by the Scottish Government since 1 October 2020. Please refer to this list of grants which impact on eligibility.
  • The source of at least 33% of your total income for the 12 month period ending 31 March 2020
  • A micro or small business (fewer than 50 employees) and either a Limited Company, Partnership, Sole Trader, Trust, Community Interest Company or Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation 
  • Still trading,  and have been trading prior to 17 March 2020, and now either open or temporarily closed due to the impact of COVID
  • Not in receipt of an enforcement notice as a result of breaching COVID-19 Regulations

If you believe that you are eligible please proceed to the next stage of this application form.   You will need to have the following documents/information ready to upload with your application:

  1. Proof of business type: either: Certificate of Incorporation, Partnership agreement, HMRC Registration showing UTR, Self-assessment documents, valid business insurance policy document, Trust Constitution documents, VAT registration
  2. Recent business bank account statement (or personal bank account by exception) in the name of the business (or applicant for personal)
  3. Your latest accounts or 2019-20 tax return
  4. Proof of address (if your business is home or mobile based)
  5. A summary of the financial impact of COVID on your business and the need for assistance
 
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SECTION 1: ELIGIBILITY
Please select yes or no to each of the following questions. If you cannot answer yes to all you will not be able to submit an application.
YesNo
My business is NOT eligible for any of the Scottish Government COVID related grant support schemes launched from 1 October 2020 to date *
I can provide evidence to show that income from my business in the period October to December 2020 was at least 30% lower than in the equivalent period in 2019 *
My business provided at least 33% of my total income prior to March 2020 *
Financial support is required to help my business continue trading *
My business premises is registered for Non-Domestic rates in Argyll and Bute (if you pay rates through your landlord rather than directly to a Council, you are still eligible to apply but must provide evidence of this arrangement through copy of your lease agreement) *
(OR) My business is home/mobile based and I am registered for Council Tax in Argyll and Bute *
My business has fewer than 50 employees *
My business is either a Limited Company, Partnership, Sole Trader, Trust, Community Interest Company or Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation *
My business was trading as at 17 March 2020 and is either open and operating in a reduced capacity or temporarily closed due to the impact of COVID (Still trading means not in administration, insolvent or a striking-off notice has been made) *
My business is not in receipt of an enforcement notice as a result of breaching COVID-19 Regulations *
My business is not connected to a tax haven, as set out in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No. 2) Act 2020 *
I have not applied for Discretionary support for my business from any other Local Authority *
SECTION 2: APPLICANT/BUSINESS DETAILS
SECTION 3: COVID IMPACT ON YOUR BUSINESS AND THE NEED FOR ASSISTANCE
You can upload this as a separate document in section 4 if you prefer – if so please state below
SECTION 4: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS - Mandatory evidence required for ALL applicants.

Please supply the following evidence to support your claim:

  1. Proof of business type: either: Certificate of Incorporation, Partnership agreement, HMRC Registration showing UTR, Self-assessment documents, valid business insurance policy document, Trust Constitution documents, VAT registration
  2. Recent business bank account statement (or personal bank account by exception) in the name of the business (or applicant for personal)
  3. Your latest accounts or 2019-20 tax return
  4. Proof of address (if your business is home or mobile based)
  5. A summary of the financial impact of COVID on your business and the need for assistance

 

Supporting documentation
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png pdf doc docx.
SECTION 5: DECLARATION

I am applying in full knowledge that the purpose of this grant is to support businesses based in Argyll and Bute facing short-term financial challenges as a result of COVID restrictions, who have not been able to access any other type of COVID business grant support from the Scottish Government from funds launched since 1 October 2020.

I confirm that:

YesNo
I am authorised to make this application on behalf of the above business and that the business /I am based in this Local Authority area *
I understand that any payment received must be declared to HMRC as appropriate as part of the tax return for the business. *
I certify that the information provided in this application is correct and understand that if any information provided is later found to be false, repayment of funding may be required and depending on circumstances criminal proceedings might be instigated. *
I confirm that my business was not in financial difficulty as at 31 December 2019 *

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