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Small Businesses without Government Support can apply for Grants

Businesses who haven’t received any financial support during the pandemic can claim a £2,000 grant from the Scottish Government through the council.

The Scottish Government has given Perth and Kinross £831,000, which was increased to £1.6 million, for businesses who’ve missed out on the opportunity for support from the government over the past year.

One Highland Ward councillor, John Duff, said: “The council has set up it’s one point six million point discretionary fund, aimed at providing small grants for qualifying business; those who have not any financial support since ninth October of last year.

“One off grants of two-thousand pounds are available, and full details and the application forms can be found by searching for discretionary fund on the council’s website.

“These two-thousand-pound payments are grants so don’t need to be paid back, but they may count towards your taxable income for the year.”

This funding being offered is looking to help with the recovery of small businesses across Scotland’s communities.

The council say ‘this funding is aimed at micro and small businesses across all sectors and company types, including those that do not pay Non-Domestic Rates.’

Explaining who the funding is for, the council set out:

• Businesses that supply goods or services to those who have been closed or restricted (e.g. home-based bed & breakfast businesses; cleaning businesses; tradespeople and facilities management businesses)

• Businesses facing hardship as an indirect consequence of the current travel restrictions (e.g. kennels and catteries; tour guides; removals),

• Businesses who do not have business premises and are therefore ineligible for grants attached to the non-domestic rates system. (some of which may be picked up in a national fund- e.g. close contact businesses such hairdressers and beauticians who do not operate out of business premises).

Businesses looking to make an application for the support available to them can find out more on: https://www.pkc.gov.uk/discretionaryfund

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