Coronavirus Business Support Fund and Business Rates Relief

The Scottish Government Coronavirus Business Support Fund is being administered by Local Authorities. It consists of the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.

Coronavirus Business Support Fund

Applications to the Scottish Government Coronavirus Business Support Fund have now closed.

Applications received after 5pm on Friday, 10th July will not be considered.

Outstanding Applications - Important Information

If you have made an application in the last 10 working days and have not yet heard the outcome, please be assured that your application will be processed and we will contact you in due course.

If we require further information to process your application, we will contact you to request this information and you must provide this by the date specified, otherwise we will consider you to have withdrawn your application.

If you previously applied for a grant but we requested further information from you in order to assess your application, then you must provide this by 5pm on Friday 31 July, otherwise we will consider you to have withdrawn your application.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 must be received by 5pm on Friday 31 July.

If you made an application more than 10 working days ago and have not been advised of the outcome, please contact us at businessrates@westlothian.gov.uk


Business Rates Relief

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

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

General 1.6% Relief

This relief effectively reverses the increase in the rate poundage for 2020/21 for all ratepayers. The 1.6% relief is awarded on your gross rates bill.

You do not need to apply for this relief so it will be automatically detailed on your bill.

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Relief

This relief effectively reduces the rates bill for qualifying ratepayers who wholly or mainly use their property for specific purposes within the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors to nil for 2020/21.

If the property was unoccupied on 17 March 2020 no relief can be awarded. However, if the property is closed due to the UK or Scottish Government's requirements or advice on COVID-19 they will be treated as being occupied and relief can be awarded.

You do not need to apply for this relief so it will be automatically detailed on your bill.

You can find more information on what property use qualifies and does not qualify for the relief on the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Relief page.