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

    This fund is now closed for applications.

    If you are in receipt of this funding, more information about the dates and values of the final payments can be found on the Strategic Framework Business Fund page.


    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.

    Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available to support 50% of eligible expenditure (minimum project spend is £2,000).

    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, vehicles 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.

    Can I use the Adaptation Grant for CCTV?

    Installation or upgrade of CCTV is not an eligible cost – this is considered as a security enhancement and as such is considered routine business expenditure.

    Are retailers able to apply for the Resilience Grant?

    Applications from the retail sector cannot be considered unless the business can demonstrate that they are servicing more than a local market. This means they are attracting customers from out with the Falkirk area, and are providing something that is unique and not available from any other local retailers. For example – a specialist skate boarding shop.

    Where a retailers sales only serve the local market, providing grant support can cause displacement ie if one local business receives support but this leads to another local business in the area losing customers then this has no added value to the Falkirk economy.


    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:


    Business Loans Scotland

    Business Loans Scotland is a consortium of Scotland's local authorities, providing loan finance up to £100,000 to new and growing, small and medium sized businesses(SMEs) across Scotland.

    The loan fund offers gap funding to SMEs within the geographic area of operation (including Falkirk) where public sector funding (including Business Loans Scotland's contribution), does not exceed 50% of the total funding package. Visit www.bls.scot for further information and how to apply.


    Regional Selective Assistance

    Regional Selective Assistance is a Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise discretionary grant scheme to encourage businesses to carry out investment that will create or safeguard jobs.

    Depending on location and other criteria, large businesses in the Falkirk Council area can receive a grant of up to 15%, while small businesses can receive a grant of up to 35%.

    Small businesses employ fewer than 50 people and either:

    • Have a turnover of less than £6.7 million or
    • Have a balance sheet total (net assets) of less than £6.7 million

    Medium businesses employ fewer than 250 people and either:

    • Have a turnover of less than £34 million or
    • Have a balance sheet total (net assets) of less than £29 million

    Recovery Loan Scheme

    The Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) provides financial support to businesses across the UK as they recover and grow following the coronavirus pandemic.

    You can apply to the scheme if COVID-19 has affected your business.

    You can use the finance for any legitimate business purpose – including managing cashflow, investment and growth. However, you must be able to afford to take out additional debt finance for these purposes.

    RLS will run until 31 December 2021, subject to review.


    Other support available

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

    For more information about any of these support schemes, please contact us: