Coronavirus Business Support Fund

The Scottish Government Coronavirus Business Support Fund is being administered by Local Authorities.

Certain businesses may be eligible for a one-off grant aimed at helping to:

  • Protect jobs,
  • Prevent business closure, and
  • Promote economic recovery.

Ratepayers must have been in occupation of the non-domestic property as at 17 March 2020. Only one grant is allowed for each ratepayer regardless of how many non-domestic properties they have in Scotland.

Small Businesses

A one-off grant of £10,000 is available to ratepayers of small businesses who receive Small Business Bonus Scheme or Rural Rate Relief. You can also get this grant if you are eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme but receive Nursery Relief, Disabled Relief, Fresh Start or Business Growth Accelerator.

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Businesses

Ratepayers of businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a rateable value of between £18,000 and £51,000 will be able to apply for a one-off grant of £25,000.

How to Apply 

To apply for a one-off grant under the Coronavirus Business Support Fund please Icon for pdf please download and complete the application form [270.48KB].

The completed application form or any enquiries should be emailed to businessrates@westlothian.gov.uk

We are working on developing an online form which can be submitted directly from our website. This will be made available as soon as possible.

Business Rates Relief

The Scottish Government have announced, as part of a package of measures to help support businesses deal with the impact of COVID-19, additional Business Rates reliefs.

These reliefs will be available to non-domestic properties from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

Additional Reliefs

  • 1.6% relief for all non-domestic properties. This relief effectively reverses the increase in the rate poundage for 2020/21.
  • 100% relief for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses.

You do not need to apply for these reliefs and they will be detailed in your 2020/21 bill. We are currently working with our partners to ensure that your bill is issued to you as soon as possible in April 2020.