Highland Council accepting applications to Business Closure Grant Scheme in wake of coronavirus restrictions
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Highland Council has launched the Temporary Business Closure Grant scheme for businesses which have had to close due to the Covid-19 measures introduced on Boxing Day.
The Closure Grant operates as a two-tiered scheme, with a grant of £2000 for premises which have a rateable value of up to and including £51,000 and a grant of £3000 for those businesses with a rateable value of £51,001 and above.
The grant is payable every four weeks, in arrears, for the duration that protective measures are in place.
Councillor Trish Robertson, chairwoman of the council's economy and infrastructure committee, said: “We recognise the significant financial hardships faced by business at this time, and the council is pleased to assist the Scottish Government in getting this essential grant out to Highland businesses.”
First payments are due towards the end of January and all affected businesses can find out more and make an application here
Some eligible businesses who have already received two Business Restriction grant payments for November and December will automatically get the Temporary Closure grant paid to them.
Businesses who were eligible but had not yet applied for their Business Restriction Grant, only need to apply for the Closure Grant and the council will automatically assess and pay them the Business Restriction Grant as well if eligible.
A range of other grants are expected to be made available over the next few weeks including Taxi and Private Hire; Newly Self Employed, Mobile Close Contact Services and a Highland Discretionary Business Grant scheme.
The council has been asked to deliver these grant schemes and says more information on eligibility and how to apply for each will be provided when it becomes available.