Small premises now eligible for £10,000 grants.
Properties occupied by charities can now apply for the £10,000 Small Business Grant Scheme to help with pressures caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The extension of the scheme is expected to result in an additional £31 million being made available to more than 3,000 small properties occupied by charities – including day centres, workshops and halls. It will apply to properties which are in receipt of any Charitable Rates Relief or Sports Relief, but are otherwise eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme.
Finance Secretary Kate Forbes, said:
“Our package of business support is under constant review as we look for improvements that can be made to existing schemes, or any gaps we are able to fill.
“It had become clear that many charities which run small premises, such as day centres and halls, had been hit hard by loss of revenue during the pandemic. This is particularly pressing for small and medium-sized charities which deliver health and social care support, and are heavily reliant on income from their retail operations.
“In order to support these vital charities we have therefore taken the decision to open up the Small Business Grant Scheme to allow them to apply for grants of £10,000 on the first eligible property and £7,500 on any additional eligible properties.”
Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin said:
“I welcome this announcement from the Scottish Government, which will provide much needed support in the sector through additional grant funding to charities which run small premises.”
“The coronavirus crisis is putting great strain on our charitable sector, with many organisations facing reduced income and ongoing costs throughout the lockdown.
“This funding can provide significant support to many organisations and groups in my constituency, therefore, I encourage all who need it to apply.”
The Small Business Grant Scheme is administered by local authorities. Organisations can apply for the scheme through their local council.