Strategic Framework Business Fund

About the Fund

If your business is required to close by law, or required by law to modify its operations, you could be entitled to a grant from the Strategic Framework Business Fund.  There are two types of grant available:

Temporary Closure Grant – if your business is required by law to close

You could be entitled to a grant every four weeks, of either:

  • £2,000 if your business premises has a rateable value of up to and including £51,000
  • £3,000 if your business premises has a rateable value of £51,001 or above

Business Restrictions Grant – if your business is specifically required to modify its operations

You could be entitled to a grant every four weeks, of either:

  • £1, 400 if your business premises has a rateable value of up to and including £51,000 
  • £2,100 if your business premises has a rateable value of £51,001 or above

Grants will be paid every four weeks in arrears.  Payments for the next four week period, from 22 February to 21 March will be made from 22 March. If you are applying for the first time now, or have already applied but not yet been approved, any payment due for the earlier four week periods will be made as soon as your application is approved. 

Once you have applied, you will not need to re-apply if restrictions are extended beyond four weeks.   When restrictions end, any final payment in arrears may be adjusted to reflect the duration of the restrictions to the nearest week.

The Strategic Framework Business Fund is administered by Argyll and Bute Council for businesses based or headquartered in Argyll and Bute.  The criteria for the fund have been set by the Scottish Government and the Council does not have any discretion to vary from them.

Information about the Fund is available on the Scottish Government website

Eligibility for the Fund

Whether your business is eligible will depend on where your premises are located and what level of restrictions are in place at any point in time. See the list of business specifically required by law to modify operations.

The majority of Scotland will come under Level 4 restrictions from 26 December 2020. There are some exceptions within Argyll and Bute: the following will move to Level 3: The Isle of Coll, the Isle of Colonsay, the Isle of Erraid, the Isle of Gometra, the Isle of Iona, the Isle of Islay, the Isle of Jura, the Isle of Mull, the Isle of Oronsay, the Isle of Tiree, and the Isle of Ulva.

Check the Scottish Government website
to see if your business is eligible.

Please do not apply if your business is not listed on the scottish Government Website.  Business eligibility has been specified by the Scottish Government and the Council does not have discretion to change the criteria.

You can apply if:

  • Your business has been directly impacted by restrictions, and the type/sector is specifically mentioned in the list of eligible businesses
  • You have a business bank account - this is the account your grant will be paid into if your application is successful. In exceptional circumstances personal bank accounts can be accepted, for example if you can evidence that you have been unable to set up a business bank account.
  • Your business is registered for non-domestic rates as at 1 November 2020.  If you pay rates through a landlord rather than directly to a  local authority you can still apply but must provide evidence through a copy of the lease agreement
  • Your business was open and trading on 2 November 2020.

Limited companies (including Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations), sole traders, trust and partnerships can apply provided they meet the above criteria.

If your business operates multiple premises you can apply for grants for each premise. Businesses applying for the first time on or after 1 January should submit individual applications to each relevant local authority for all relevant premises in that area.

If your business was eligible for a Restrictions or Closure Grant under Protection Level 2 in force for Argyll and Bute from 2 November but you have not yet applied, you can still do so.

You cannot apply if your business:

  • type or sector is not specifically mentioned in the list of eligible businesses provided by the Scottish Government
  • has breached wider COVID-19 regulations/requirements prior to local restrictions
  • has connections to tax havens, as set out in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020

Application guidance

Application is via an online form and you will not be able to submit an application if you do not meet the criteria or if you do not provide all of the required information. Please read the following guidance before starting your online application.

You will be asked to upload evidence in support of your application. Before you start please make sure you have a scanned copy or photo of the following available:

  • A recent bank statement for your business bank account, clearly showing the account name, account number and sort code; and
  • One of either: Certificate of incorporation, Companies House Registration Number, Partnership Agreement, HMRC Registration, Self-Assessment documents, current business insurance document, Trust constitution documents or VAT Registration document

Please note when uploading these documents with your application, the maximum file size for each document is 5mb. If your files are more than 5mb in size, you will not be able to attach them to your application, and you won't be able to submit your application successfully. If your scanned images, documents or photos are larger than 5mb, there are many tools and apps available for free that allow you to resize images, and photos can be converted into PDF documents for free using Adobe Acrobat Reader or other online tools.

Apply online for the Strategic Framework Business Fund

Please DO NOT APPLY using this form if your business is mobile close contact services or you are a driving instructor. The Scottish Government will publish details separately of how to apply for support.

After you have submitted your application

After you have submitted your online application form to us you should receive an email confirming that your application has been received.  If you have not heard from us please check your email junk or spam folders, and check that your email inbox is not full. Please do not contact us regarding progress with your application unless you have received no acknowledgment that your application has been received. If we have any questions about your application we will normally contact you by email.

If your application is successful you will be notified by email.   Grants will be paid every four weeks in arrears. Payments for the period 22 February to 21 March will be made from 22 March. As soon as your application is approved, any payments due for the periods 28 December 2020 to 24 January 2021 and 25 January to 21 February will be processed. BACS payment should reach your nominated business bank account within 5 working days of you being notified of approval.

If your application is unsuccessful you will be given the reason by email, along with details of the appeal procedure. 

Further information

If you cannot find the answer to your question here, please refer to the Scottish Government website -  Information about the Fund on the Scottish Government website

Please read all this information before contacting us.  No additional information on eligibility for the Fund is available by calling us. To help process grant applications as quickly as possible, we are available to answer calls about the Fund on 01546 604 833 between 2pm and 4pm only, Monday to Friday or you can email sfbf@argyll-bute.gov.uk