Small Business Support Grants are based on Business Rates (Non-Domestic Rates) and are being administered by Local Authorities.
Business Rates are devolved to the Scottish Government, so the Scottish Government has provided funding to the Local Authorities to pay these Grants.
Eligible businesses (those with business premises since 17th March 2020) that are in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme or Rural Relief etc., have to apply to their Local Authority for payment of the £10,000 Grant. Some businesses are currently ineligible for this Grant (e.g. Furnished Holiday Letting, Self-Catering Accommodation etc.). However, the Scottish Government are presently reviewing the ineligibility of some of these businesses, so this may be subject to change.
Eligible businesses should visit their Local Authority's website. There you should be able to download an application form for completion, which you can then email back to your Local Authority. Some Local Authority websites have the facility to make an online application.
The Local Authorities are aiming to pay out successful claims within 10 working days of receipt of the application.
The deadline for making Small Business Support Grant applications is 31st March 2021.
Here is a link to the Scottish Government's 'find business support' website, where you will find more details and information on the Small Business Support Grant: https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/service/coronavirus/local-authorities-coronavirus-grants