Strategic Framework Business Fund

Once you have applied

Processing your application

You will receive an automated message once you have submitted your application online.

Your application will be reviewed to ensure that you have supplied all the necessary information to enable us to check that you qualify for a grant and to make payment to you.

Our team will contact you by telephone/email if we require any additional information. To help prevent fraud, we will never ask you to provide bank details over the phone. Any correspondence in relation to such an application will be from an official Highland Council email address.

When authorised for payment, you will receive an automated email advising that the BACS payment is due (normally this will reach your account after 2 working days).

The Scottish Government is making this grant available four weeks in arrears. It will therefore be early December 2020 before the first grant payments will be received by eligible businesses. If the COVID-19 protection measures continue and grant is again due for the period after 30 November 2020, the current advice from the Scottish Government is that this will be an automatic payment to you and you will not need to re-apply.

If Highland moves level during any four week time period, grant payments to eligible businesses will be adjusted on a pro-rata basis to reflect the duration of the restrictions at a particular level (to the nearest week). 

If you do not agree with a decision taken to not award a Business Grant

If you are assessed as not being eligible for the grant we will write to you explaining the reason why. If you think the wrong decision has been made, you will be able to appeal and explain why you believe your business is eligible for the grant.

Details of the appeal process will be included in any rejection correspondence sent to you.

What other business support schemes are available?

The Council has details on other types of support that is available to businesses and individuals from both the UK Government and the Scottish Government. This can be seen at our Support for business page.

Further information on support available can also be found at FindBusinessSupport.scot.

For those who do not qualify for this funding, further support may also be available from Business Gateway.

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