The Perth and Kinross Council is launching a fund with grants for small businesses looking to start up or grow.
Small businesses with less than ten employees can now apply for grants of up to £1,000 for anything between equipment, commercial property development and more.
Sole traders, community groups, social enterprises and co-operatives can apply, however, gambling shops and off licenses are excluded from eligibility.
Council leader Councillor Murray Lyle said: “Small businesses will be critical in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Around 60% of Scots are employed by small to medium-sized enterprises and, as such, microbusinesses are key to our economy.
“Whether it is a boutique shop, a café or a new business just getting started, these grants will help firms develop as we move out of the pandemic and so I am delighted the Council is able to administer these grants and help start our economic recovery.”
Other applications for the money raised by the grants includes the digitisation of small enterprise.
The money can be used to develop e-platforms, greater digital integration and market online.
A spokes person for the Perth and Kinross Council added: “Over the past year, Perth & Kinross Council has paid out more than £80 million in business grants to help support businesses through the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown. This scheme is part of a wider package of business support recently approved as part of the Economic Wellbeing plan.”
Applications can be sought on: http://www.pkc.gov.uk/microenterprisefund