Coronavirus (Covid-19) Restrictions Fund

The Scottish Government Coronavirus (Covid-19) Restrictions Fund is being administered by Local Authorities. The Fund has two elements, the Business Closure Fund and the Business Hardship Fund.

The funds will provide one-off grants to businesses very directly impacted by the restrictions implemented on 9 October 2020.

Applications will close on Tuesday 3 November at 5 pm.

Business Closure Fund

A one-off grant is available to hospitality and other businesses required by law to close (except for takeaway) as a result of the restrictions implemented on 9 October 2020.

Am I eligible?

To qualify:

  • The business must have been open and trading before 9 October.
  • There must be a business bank account. This is the account the grant will be paid if successful.
  • The business premises must be registered for Non-Domestic Rates. Businesses that pay rates through their landlord rather than directly are eligible to apply (evidence to be provided through copy of lease agreement). 

Please note:

  • Businesses which have breached wider COVID regulations/requirements prior to the restrictions being implemented are not eligible to apply. 
  • Businesses with connections to tax havens, are not eligible to apply.
  • Retail and businesses that provide takeaway food as the core and established basis of their operations are not eligible to apply.

Grants available

A £2,875 grant is available to qualifying businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or under and a grant of £4,310 is available to qualifying businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000.  

If a business operates multiple premises a grant is available for each premise. The maximum any one business can receive is £21,000 regardless of the number of premises it operates. Businesses operating multiple premises can make one application for all premises. On the application form the premise that forms the business headquarters must be clearly identified.

How to apply

Before starting your application please note the following:

  • Icon for pdf View or download the privacy notice [133.45KB] detailing what information we need and how we will use it. 
  • You must submit all necessary supporting information with your application. Failure to do so will result in a delay in your application being assessed.   
  • We aim to process applications within 5 working days of receipt of a complete application. You will be sent an email confirming the outcome of your application.
  • We are issuing payments on a daily basis directly to the business bank account by bank transfer. It can take up to 3 working days for your bank to process your payment.
  • If you have made an application and have not heard from us within 5 working days, please email businessrates@westlothian.gov.uk

All enquiries should be emailed to businessrates@westlothian.gov.uk

Submit your application to the Business Closure Fund


Business Hardship Fund

A one-off grant is available to:

  • Hospitality businesses and some gyms, required by the regulations to operate in a restricted way.
  • Producers/wholesale businesses based in Scotland supplying primarily short-life goods or produce to hospitality businesses required by the regulations to close or operate in a restricted way and able to evidence a minimum 25% reduction in turnover during the brake period

Am I eligible?

To qualify:

  • The business must have been open and trading before 9 October.
  • There must be a business bank account. This is the account the grant will be paid if successful.
  • The business premises must be registered for Non-Domestic Rates. Businesses that pay rates through their landlord rather than directly are eligible to apply (evidence to be provided through copy of lease agreement). 

Please note:

  • Businesses which have breached wider COVID regulations/requirements prior to the restrictions being implemented are not eligible to apply. 
  • Businesses with connections to tax havens, are not eligible to apply.
  • Retail and businesses that provide takeaway food as the core and established basis of their operations are not eligible to apply.

Grants available:

A £1,440 grant is available to qualifying businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or under and a grant of £2,155 is available to qualifying businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000.  

If a business operates multiple premises a grant is available for each premise. The maximum any one business can receive is £14,000 regardless of the number of premises it operates. Businesses operating multiple premises can make one application for all premises. On the application form the premise that forms the business headquarters must be clearly identified.

How to apply

Before starting your application please note the following:

  • Icon for pdf View or download the privacy notice [133.45KB] detailing what information we need and how we will use it. 
  • You must submit all necessary supporting information with your application. Failure to do so will result in a delay in your application being assessed.   
  • We aim to process applications within 5 working days of receipt of a complete application. You will be sent an email confirming the outcome of your application.
  • We are issuing payments on a daily basis directly to the business bank account by bank transfer. It can take up to 3 working days for your bank to process your payment.
  • If you have made an application and have not heard from us within 5 working days, please email businessrates@westlothian.gov.uk

All enquiries should be emailed to businessrates@westlothian.gov.uk

Submit your application to the Business Hardship Fund