Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund (NSEHF)

The Scottish Government's Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund is designed to support newly self-employed individuals who have not been able to access support through other schemes.

The Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund offers non-repayable hardship relief grant payments of £2,000. 

Before starting the online application, please ensure you have the appropriate supporting documentation available to upload:

Mandatory Items (all 3 items must be included in your application):

  • Proof of Identity (ideally photographic. E.g. a valid passport or driving licence) 
  • Proof of Address (e.g. a recent Council Tax bill or utility bill) 
  • Bank Statements (business or personal) Covering 3 Months to March 2020 Showing Income and Outgoings from Self-employment

Plus Any 2 of the Following Items must be included in your application:

  • Evidence of a supplier or reseller trade account (active)       
  • Evidence of valid business insurance (current)       
  • HMRC Unique Taxpayer Reference (if registered).  If not yet registered, copy of correspondence/other details showing registration is being sought/or provide further details to explain position.       
  • VAT Registration Number      
  • Marketing materials for your business, e.g. business website, active social media - provide links
  • Other evidence of business activity to support your claim


To view the criteria and apply visit: Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund application

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