Coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect most businesses in some way. If you're a local business looking for help, and your questions aren't answered below, Business Gateway Falkirk will be able to signpost you to advice and support.


    Strategic Framework Business Fund

    Businesses which continue to remain closed or are directly impacted by law, due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions may be eligible to apply to the following funds:

    • Business Temporary Closure Fund - a grant of £2,000 or £3,000 (depending on rateable value) for businesses required to close by law.

    • Business Restrictions Fund - a grant of £1,400 or £2,100 (depending on rateable value) for businesses that remain open but are specifically required to modify their operations by protective measures, eg your business is required by law to close earlier than normal.

    Both funds will be payable every 4 weeks in arrears for the duration measures are in place.

    The fund is now live. For more information visit our page on the Strategic Framework Business Fund.


    Business Adaptation Fund

    Maximum grant available £2,500. Please note, the applicant must cover the cost of the first £1,000 of spend.

    We recognise that some businesses will incur considerable additional costs to reopen their business and keep staff and public safe through the COVID-19 pandemic. This new fund is available to support those small and medium sized businesses where the costs of adaptations, social distancing and safety measures amounts to over £1,000.

    The fund can provide up to 50% of eligible costs where the first £1,000 is paid by the business to a maximum contribution of £2,500 and can support items such as property adaptations, the purchase of screens, PPE equipment, signage, street furniture and other social distancing measures.

    The table below provides examples of the level of grants which may be available through this scheme.

    Applicants spend Eligible spend over £1000
    (NB The applicant must cover the cost of the first £1000 of spend)
    Falkirk Council Grant/ Contribution
    £1500  £500  £250 
    £2000  £1000  £500 
    £2500  £1500  £750 
    £3000  £2000  £1000 
    £3500  £2500  £1250 
    £4000  £3000  £1500 
    £4500  £3500  £1750 
    £5000  £4000  £2000 
    £5500  £4500  £2250 
    £6000  £5000  £2500
    (maximum contribution)

    Please note this grant is for new spend that your business has to incur and can't be used for items already purchased.

    Eligibility criteria

    The business must have a dedicated business bank account (you will be required to provide the account details as part of the application process and this is the account your grant will be paid into if successful).

    • The business has not breached wider coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations/requirements
    • The business is not connected to a tax haven, as set out in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No. 2) Act 2020
    • Business must be classified as an Small Medium Enterprise (SME) – Less than 250 employees and turnover less than £45 million
    • Business must not be in any debt to the council eg Business rate arrears
    • The business must be operated on a full time basis
    • The business must operate from commercial premises within the Falkirk Council area, for which there is a signed lease/rental/licence agreement in place
    • At the time of submitting the application, the business cannot be in bankruptcy, liquidation or similar.
    • The business has not previously been awarded from the Business Adaptation Fund or the Business Resilience Fund. Businesses can only be awarded one grant from each of the funds.
    • The business is not a community groups, not for profit organisations, voluntary or charitable organisations (except social enterprises).

    For any queries in relation to this fund - please email:

    Business Resilience Fund

    We aim to support business change and development following the COVID-19 pandemic. The recent period of lockdown has forced many businesses to rethink their model of delivery or to focus on certain elements of their business which could help to sustain or grow the business over time.

    This fund provides financial assistance to help businesses meet their new business objectives. It can support plant, equipment and machinery expenditure (including IT), property expansion/improvements, exhibiting at a national trade show or the costs of developing innovative products or processes. The fund can provide up to 50% of eligible costs, up to a maximum contribution of £10,000.

    Please note this grant is for new spend that your business has to incur and can't be used for items already purchased.

    Eligibility criteria

    The business must have a dedicated business bank account (you will be required to provide the account details as part of the application process and this is the account your grant will be paid into if successful).

    • The business has not breached wider coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations/requirements
    • The business is not connected to a tax haven, as set out in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No. 2) Act 2020
    • Business must be classified as an Small Medium Enterprise (SME) – Less than 250 employees and turnover less than £45 million
    • Business must not be in any debt to the council eg Business rate arrears
    • The business must be operated on a full time basis
    • The business must operate from commercial premises within the Falkirk Council area, for which there is a signed lease/rental /licence agreement in place
    • At the time of submitting the application, the business cannot be in bankruptcy, liquidation or similar
    • The business has not previously been awarded from the Business Adaptation Fund or the Business Resilience Fund. Businesses can only be awarded one grant from each of the funds.
    • The business is not a community groups, not for profit organisations, voluntary or charitable organisations (except social enterprises).

    For any queries in relation to this fund, please email:

    Business Adaptation and Resilience Grants Frequently Asked Questions

    Can businesses apply for both grants?

    Yes, businesses can be awarded one grant from each grant fund – the Business Resilience fund and Business Adaptation fund.

    Can funding be claimed which have already been incurred by businesses?

    No, this must be new spend. Purchases must not be made, or committed to, prior to the grant being approved.

    Can training costs be included as expenditure?

    Training costs can be considered where they are part of the overall project costs and are directly relating to an investment.

    For example a business invests in new piece of machinery and staff require to be trained on this and there is an external cost.

    Please note, staff time is not an eligible cost.

    Can second-hand equipment be purchased?

    Equipment must be purchased from registered businesses. Business receipts or invoices would need to be provided.

    What type of PPE is eligible to be claimed?

    PPE which is single use/disposable is not eligible to be claimed, for example, face masks, disposable gloves, antibacterial wipes.

    Fixed PPE equipment is eligible, for example, protective screens, hand sanitising units, queue barriers etc.

    Are general business running costs eligible?

    No, any costs which are routinely incurred by your business are ineligible. Examples of this would be the purchase of stock, general consumables and cleaning materials.

    Can new machinery or equipment be leased and be funded via these grants?

    No, machinery or equipment must be purchased by the businesses. Businesses will be required to evidence the payment of items via bank statements etc. before the grant will be paid. Purchases made by hire purchase, lease or other finance agreement would not qualify.

    Can I apply for some of the costs of a larger project?

    Yes, provided the items being claimed meet the criteria of the funds and the business can demonstrate that these items have been purchased and paid for via the business bank account.

    What type of businesses cannot apply?

    Community groups, not for profit organisations, voluntary or charitable organisations (except social enterprises) are ineligible for the grant.

    Can I pay for eligible items by cash?

    No, all payments for approved expenditure must be made through the business bank account and supported by invoices/receipts from suppliers. Items or services paid for by cash do not meet audit trail requirements and are not eligible for grant.

    What IT hardware spend is eligible to be claimed?

    IT costs relating to the business having to adapt or adopt new technology to carry on trading or diversify. Replacement or upgrading existing IT equipment, which currently meets the needs of the business, would not be eligible.

    What IT software spend is eligible to be claimed?

    Bespoke software which is tailored to the business and allows the business to carry on trading/grow/diversify is eligible. Off the shelf software such as Microsoft, Sage, Quickbooks etc that are standard business operating software would not be eligible.

    Can I claim for costs such as Broadband or Web Hosting?

    No, any ongoing charges which would be considered business as normal are not eligible to be claimed. Any funding received should relate directly to a specific project rather than on-going regular business.

    Can I claim for computer software user licensing or technical support?

    Any initial, one off, licensing or technical support costs relating to the implementation of new software or hardware, as part of a larger project, would be eligible to be claimed. However any ongoing licensing or technical support costs (for example, an annual technical support payment or licence fees) would not be eligible.


    Business Restart Loan

    The Business Restart Loan (previously the Falkirk Business Loan Fund) offers SME's in the Falkirk Council area with short term cash flow issues, interest free loans between £1,000 to £5,000.

    Eligible businesses must be able to demonstrate:

    • That they have been adversely affected by COVID-19
    • That they have the ability to grow and create employment
    • That they have been trading for a minimum of 6 months

    The interest rate is fixed at 0% and loans will be repayable by monthly direct debit instalments from an established business bank account for a period of up to 3 years. A repayment holiday may be granted at the absolute discretion of DSL. There is no administration fee.

    To apply, contact DSL:


    Childminders Support Grant

    • Funding of £3.2 million has been made available for childminders who have been financially impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
    • A flat rate grant of £750 will be paid to all registered childminders in Scotland in order to secure the sustainability of their businesses.

    The Scottish Government and the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) are working to finalise the details of the scheme. Further information on eligibility and how to apply will be published shortly.


    Discretionary Fund

    This fund closed at 5pm, 26 February. If you did not get your application in then please read the update below about a new, wider version of the fund which will come on line from mid March.

    The Scottish Government have now announced additional money will be available for the Falkirk Council Discretionary Fund, which will allow us to provide additional support to businesses in the Falkirk area. As a result we will be able to re-open a new revised version of this fund from the 15 March.

    • We will finish assessing the current applications to the current fund that are now in our system.
    • As a result of this announcement we will review and widen the criteria of the existing scheme and how this may change to reflect this new budget.
    • Once our proposals to deliver this additional funding have been approved the new Discretionary fund Mark 2 will re-open and we anticipate this being around the 15 March.

    Once the new fund is live we will announce this through our social media channels -

    Please note businesses who have already had approval from the Falkirk Council Discretionary Fund will not need to re-apply under the new criteria. If larger awards are available these will be automatically paid to eligible businesses .

    This fund will support small or micro businesses (50 employees or lower) facing financial challenges and hardship as a direct result of restrictions put in place due to COVID-19. Specifically this will be aimed at businesses who have not been able to access any other Government funding support since October 2020.

    A one off grant of £2000 per business will be available for eligible businesses.

    The following categories of businesses can apply:

    • Limited Company (including Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations and social enterprises)
    • Sole Traders
    • Trusts
    • Partnerships
    • Community Interest Companies
    • Freelancers / subcontractors
    • Self-employed who are in receipt of Self-employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) or Newly Self-employed Hardship Fund (NSEHF)
    • Hairdressers who rent chairs
    • Motor-home hire businesses

    To be eligible businesses must have less than 50 employees and:

    • Be operating from premises and is registered for Non-Domestic Rates, or are home based. For example, small and micro businesses in shared commercial space providing in-person services who do not have their own business rates assessment (eg yards, workshops, business centres)
      OR
      Not be legally required to close but that have experienced restricted trading or demonstrable supply-chain challenges (over 50% trade affected by COVID-19 restrictions)

    Businesses NOT eligible for the fund include:

    • Any business which has received a grant through the Strategic Framework Business Fund (Closure/Restriction Fund).
    • Any taxi drivers who have received a grant through the Taxi and Private Hire Support Fund.
    • Coach operators, Mobile Close Contact Services, Travel Agents, Tour Operators, Visitor Attractions, Wedding and Events venues and accommodation providers. Separate funding was announced for these businesses by the Scottish Government on 09 December 2020, and is expected to be made available in January and February 2021.
    • Individuals who became self-employed after 06 April 2019 but before 17 March 2020 - the Scottish Government has announced a second round of funding through the Newly Self-employed Hardship Fund.

    Closing dates for applications is 5pm 26 February 2021. Only one application per business can be submitted.

    For more information about the fund please email


    Event Industry Support Fund

    Existing recipients of this fund will be contacted directly from 29 January.

    Events Industry Support Fund 2

    Eligibility criteria and application process to be announced week of 8 February, opening for applications week commencing 15 February. This fund will be for new applicants, who were ineligible previously.


    Scottish Wedding Industry Fund

    This fund aims to provide support to businesses whose main income comes from the wedding and civil partnerships industry, which has been significantly impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It's provided by the Scottish Government and administered by Scottish Enterprise, South of Scotland Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

    The fund offers a fixed grant amount based on turnover. The funding tiers are:

    • A £5,000 grant for businesses with a pre-COVID-19 turnover between £10,000 and £49,999 A £10,000 grant for businesses with a pre-COVID-19 turnover between £50,000 and £99,999
    • A £15,000 grant for businesses with a pre-COVID-19 turnover between £100,000 - £249,999 A £25,000 grant for businesses with a pre-COVID-19 turnover of more than £250,000

    Applications will be appraised in the order they’re received until the full fund has been allocated.


    Short-term loans for businesses

    Eligibility for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme has now been extended to include larger businesses as well as SMEs. To find out how the scheme works visit the British Business Bank website. Lenders will now have the flexibility to extend the length of these loans from a maximum of 6 years to 10 years. Closing date 31 January 2021.

    Bounce Back Loans with 'Top up' scheme

    Small businesses can apply for a 100% government-backed Bounce Back Loan. Businesses will be able to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash within days. Loans will be interest free for the first 12 months. To apply for this loan scheme you must complete an online application form.

    You can now 'top up' your Bounce Back Loan. This is applicable to businesses which haven't already borrowed the maximum amount permitted under the scheme (ie 25% of total turnover). Please note this option can only be used once.

    From Feb 2021 Pay as You Grow repayment flexibilities now include the option to delay all repayments for a further 6 months, meaning businesses can choose to make no payments on their loans until 18 months after they originally took them out. The option to pause repayments will now be available to all from their first repayment, rather than after 6 repayments have been made.Pay as You Grow also allows borrowers to extend the length of their loans from 6 to 10 years (reducing monthly repayments by almost half) and make interest-only payments for 6 months.


    Support for Brewers, Indoor Football Centres and Travel Agents

    Three funds have been announced and will be administered by Falkirk Council. Businesses who fall into these categories will be contacted by us directly to seek the necessary information to confirm their eligibility and process payment. If you haven't been contacted by 8 February 2021, please get in touch.


    Taxi and Private Hire Support Fund

    The Scottish Government has announced details of the fund to support taxi and private hire drivers.

    The Council will be in touch with drivers, via email, who may be eligible to let them know what the process will be for claiming the grant. You don't need to contact us at this stage.

    Further details on eligibility can be found on the Scottish Government website.

    For any enquiries please email:


    Bed and Breakfast Grant

    This fund provides financial support for B&Bs in Scotland that do not pay non-domestic rates, but do pay council tax, and which have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 restrictions.

    Falkirk Council will identify and invite eligible businesses to register for payment. There is no need to apply.

    For full eligibility and criteria please visit Find business support in Scotland: Support for Bed and Breakfasts Paying Council Tax Grant.

    If you haven't been contacted by 01 March 2021, please get in touch.


    Exclusive Use Grant

    This fund provides financial support for exclusive use properties such as lodges and holiday homes impacted by the single household restrictions during COVID-19. Exclusive use businesses are eligible if they pay non domestic rates and have been evaluated as an exclusive use venue by the Scottish Assessors Association.

    The grant will make one-off payments of £10,000 to eligible applicants.

    Falkirk Council will identify and invite eligible businesses to register for payment. There is no need to apply.

    For full eligibility and criteria please visit Find business support in Scotland: Exclusive Use Grant.

    If you haven't been contacted by 01 March 2021, please get in touch.


    Large Self Catering Grants

    This fund is for larger self-catering properties (7 or more guests) impacted by the single household restrictions during COVID-19. The grant will make one-off payments of £2,000 to eligible applicants. Falkirk Council will identify and invite eligible businesses to register for payment. There is no need to apply.

    For full eligibility and criteria please visit Find business support in Scotland: Large Self-Catering Grant.

    If you haven't been contacted by 01 March 2021, please get in touch.


    Mobile and Home-Based Close Contact Services Fund

    This fund is for owners and operators of mobile and home-based close contact service businesses and for registered driving instructors. Eligible applicants will receive a one-off £4,000 payment (£2,000 for the period to end December 2020 and a further £2,000 to cover the period from January 2021 onwards).

    For full eligibility and criteria please visit Find business support in Scotland: Mobile And Home Based Close Contact Services Fund.

    To apply to this fund please visit: https://www.bizsupport.scot/


    Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund

    This fund offers a one-off £4,000 payment for those whose status as being newly self-employed makes them ineligible for the UK Government's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme.

    For full eligibility and criteria please visit Find business support in Scotland: Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund.

    To apply to this fund please visit: https://www.bizsupport.scot/


    Other financial support available

    The UK government has created a support finder tool to help businesses see what support may be available to them.