What does this involve? Funding is available for businesses affected by measures introduced in December 2021 to control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Close contact services Further details on the funding available for close contact businesses, including hairdressers and beauticians, will be published shortly.
Creative freelancers Creative freelancers working in the arts, screen and creative sectors who are experiencing immediate financial hardship because of cancellations and deferrals can apply for the COVID-19 Cancellation Fund for Creative Freelancers. View guidance and eligibility for freelancers on the Creative Scotland website.
Events sector Further details for the event sector will be published shortly.
Hospitality businesses Hospitality businesses which have lost bookings during the festive trading period and previously received support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund will receive a top-up payment. Eligible businesses will be contacted directly by their local authority. View guidance and eligibility for hospitality on the Scottish Government website.
Hospitality and leisure businesses Hospitality and leisure business that are impacted by the requirements for physical distancing and capacity limits that came into force from 27 December 2021 and previously received support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund will receive a top-up payment. Eligible businesses will be contacted directly by their local authority. View guidance and eligibility for hospitality and leisure businesses on the Scottish Government website.
Nightclubs The Nightclub Closure Fund will provide financial support to eligible nightclubs that are required to close to members of the public. Nightclubs which have previously received support will be contacted and asked to complete an application by 14 January 2022. Read guidance and eligibility for nightclubs on the Scottish Government website.
Taxis and private hire The Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund 2022 will provide a one-off payment to eligible drivers and operators. Local authorities will make a further payment to all drivers and operators who previously received a grant through the Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund in 2021. Read guidance and eligibility for taxis and private hire on the Scottish Government website.
Tourism sector Parts of the tourism sector previously supported by VisitScotland will be eligible for funding including coach operators, day tour operators, hostels, inbound tour operators (outdoor/marine) and visitor attractions. VisitScotland will provide further details of the fund shortly. View guidance for the tourism sector on the VisitScotland website.
Wedding sector Wedding supply chain businesses that previously received support through the Scottish Wedding Industry Fund may be eligible to receive a top-up payment and will be contacted directly from week commencing 17 January. Venues not eligible for the Scottish Wedding Industry Fund will be eligible for the hospitality business support. Venues not eligible for hospitality business support will receive the additional payment from the Scottish Wedding Industry Fund. More details will be available shortly.
Wholesale food and drink A further round of the Scottish Wholesale Food and Drink Resilience Fund will run in January 2022.
Am I eligible? Funding is available for Scottish businesses in the following sectors affected by the coronavirus measures introduced in December 2021:
close contact services
taxi and private hire drivers and operators
tourism sector, including inbound tour operators
wedding sector supply chain
wholesalers affected by hospitality cancellation
What does this cost? This is a free service.
Who is this for? Scottish businesses in sectors affected by the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) measures from December 2021.
How long does this take? Top-up payments for hospitality, leisure, nightclubs and taxi and private hire will be made as soon as possible in January. Timescales will vary depending on the specific fund.
Next steps If you have read all the information and guidance provided and still have questions about the Scottish Government's most recent support for businesses, please email email@example.com