Support for Small Accommodation Providers Paying Council Tax Fund

Information on the Support for Small Accommodation Providers Paying Council Tax Fund.

Fund information

This fund is available to support small accommodation providers in Scotland that pay council tax, which have been impacted by the Covid-19 restrictions.

All B&Bs, self-catering businesses and guest houses that were previously supported by either the Bed and Breakfast Hardship Fund or the Creative, Tourism and Hospitality Hardship Fund are automatically eligible for support under this scheme. These business will be contacted by the local authority and invited to register for payment.

B&Bs, self-catering businesses and guest houses that haven't previously been supported are also eligible to apply to this fund. 

New applicants

New applicants to the fund will need to meet the following eligibility criteria.

For B&Bs and guest houses, the business will need to:

  • confirm that the business premises operates as a guesthouse, B&B, or similar small serviced accommodation (see fund guidance for definition)
  • confirm that the applicant/business pays council tax
  • Confirm that your business receipts represent a primary source of income (one third or more of earnings)
  • Confirm that you can provide evidence of active trading up to March 2020 and had intended to continue trading in the tax year 2020 to 2021
  • Confirm that you are not currently in receipt of Covid-19 related business grant support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund for the premises
  • give evidence of business insurance
  • give  evidence of membership, accreditation, registration or listing with a recognised hospitality or tourism agency, representative body or marketing organisation, either national or local (for example, VisitScotland, Association of Scotland's Self-Caterers, SBBA, your local destination marketing organisation, AA, Quality in Tourism, etc)

Please note, an online booking platform listing alone isn't accepted as evidence.

For self-catering businesses, the business will need to:

  • confirm that the business meets the definition of a self-catering property as defined in The Council Tax (Dwellings and Part Residential Subjects) (Scotland) Regulations 1992 [1]
  • confirm that the applicant/business pays council tax
  • confirm that your business receipts represent a primary source of income (one third or more of earnings)
  • confirm that you are not currently in receipt of COVID-19 related business grant support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund for the premises
  • give evidence of business insurance
  • give auditable data to support one of the following statements: My property was occupied for more than 140 days in financial year 2019 to 2020, or due to a poor trading season my property wasn't occupied for 140 days in the financial year 2019 to 2020 but was occupied for more than 140 days in either of the 2 financial years preceding
  • give evidence of membership, accreditation, registration or listing with a recognised hospitality or tourism agency, representative body or marketing organisation, either national or local (for example, VisitScotland, Association of Scotland's Self-Caterers, your local destination marketing organisation, AA, Quality in Tourism, etc)

Please note, an online booking platform listing alone isn't accepted as evidence.

All business must have applied by 22 March 2021 to receive payment. Payments will be made as soon as possible once a business is registered.

Payments

Payments will be made every 4 weeks from the start of January 2021. This will cover the period of Level 4 restrictions which came into effect from 26 December 2020, and the ongoing lockdown period as long as Level 4 restrictions are in place.

This grant isn't retrospectively backdated to 2 November 2020.

How to apply

Please email business@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk to register your interest and request an application form.

Last modified on 18th March 2021

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