Furlough Support Grant

Information about the Furlough Support Grant.

The Furlough Support Grant gives businesses with grants of £1,650 to help meet the cost of re-furloughing staff by supporting the 20% employer's contribution that they're needed to pay under the current UK Government Job Retention Scheme.

This fund is open to businesses in the 5 health boards that had to close due to increased restrictions and covers the period from 9 October 2020 to 31 October 2020. The Job Support Scheme goes live on 1 November 2020 and won't need an employer contribution to wages for businesses that are closed.

Please note, businesses who have already applied for the Coronavirus Restrictions (Closure) Fund will be contacted by their local authority to check if they're eligible for furlough support. 

An award of £1650 will be made for each of the business premises where at least one employee is furloughed.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for this support you must meet the following criteria:

  • Your business was required by law to close under the Covid-19 brake restrictions for licensed premises (retailers and businesses that provide takeaway food as the core of their business aren't eligible for this grant).

  • Your business is located in one of the following health boards areas: Ayrshire and Arran, Forth Valley, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire or Lothian.

  • Your business was trading on 9 October 2020.

  • You've a dedicated business bank account, which you'll be required to give the account details as part of the application process. This is the account your grant will be paid into if successful.

  • Your business premises are registered for non-domestic rates. If you pay rates through your landlord rather than directly to a council, you're still eligible to apply but must provide evidence of this arrangement through copy of your lease agreement.

  • Your business hasn't breached wider Covid-19 regulations or requirements prior to the Covid Brake Restrictions being implemented on 9 October 2020.

  • Your business isn't connected to a tax haven, as set out in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No. 2) Act 2020.

  • Your business is based or headquartered within the local authority to which you're making this application and the premises included in this application are located within that local authority area.

Before you start

You'll need: 

  • Your business bank account details
  • Certificate of Incorporation or Companies House registration number.
  • Partnership agreement or HMRC registration.
  • HMRC registration, self-assessment documents or valid business insurance document.
  • Constitution documents, HMRC registration or VAT registration document.

Apply now

Please note, you should only apply below if your business is based in East Renfrewshire. Otherwise you should apply to the relevant local authority where your business is based.

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Last modified on 17th November 2020

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