Discretionary Grant Scheme

How to apply

Please carefully read the information provided here and in the application form to ensure you have completed the application form correctly and have provided the correct evidence.

Before completing this application, confirm your business is eligible. To complete your application, you will be required to attach a number of supporting documents. Please ensure you have downloaded/ scanned/ photographed copies of the required evidence before completing the form.

Preparing your evidence

Download any relevant files i.e. bank statements, to your computer, tablet or mobile. You can also use your mobile or camera to photograph your evidence. We need good quality and clearly readable evidence.

Accepted file types are – .pdf, .jpeg/.jpg, .gif, .png or .zip up to a file limit of 4MB. Please save the evidence to your device. Make sure your evidence is in chronological order.

Completing your application form

Your application can only be processed when complete. To submit a complete application form, you need to provide:

Bank account details

This does not need to be business bank account but must be an account that demonstrates business banking.

Please ensure that that the bank statement is clearly legible and includes account name, address, sort code and account number and is dated within 3 months of the application date. If the statement does not provide this information in a legible manner, we will be unable to process your application for grant and a delay will be incurred.

Business details

  • Company (incl. Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations and Community Interest Companies): Certificate of Incorporation or Companies House/SCIO registration number.
  • Partnership: Partnership agreement or HMRC registration.
  • Sole Trader/ Self-employed: HMRC registration, Self-assessment documents or valid business insurance document.
  • Trust: Constitution documents, HMRC registration or VAT registration document.

Reduction in trading

  1. Must be during any three-month period from start October 2020 to end February 2021, in comparison with same three-month period in 2019/2020.
    1. P&L Statement in form of Management Accounts or;
    2. Complete bank statements from any three-month period from October 2019 to February 2020 and October 2020 to February 2021 or;
  2. By exception: if trade affected by Boxing day 2020 lockdown, a reduction in trade during January or February 2021 in comparison to January or February 2020 can be used.
    1. P&L Statement in form of Management Accounts or;
    2. Complete Bank Account Statements for the selected month in 2020 and in 2021 or;
  3. By exception: if the business is seasonal in nature, a reduction in full year trading during 2020 in comparison to 2019.
    1. P&L Statement in form of Management Accounts for the whole year, or;
    2. Complete Bank Account Statements of any three-month period between March 2020 and February 2021 and the same three-month period within the year 2019/2020 or;
  4. By exception: if the business was set-up during 2020, the business will need to compare to any three-month period since January 2020 when they were trading
    1. P&L Statement in form of Management Accounts for the chosen three-month period, or;
    2. Complete Bank Account Statements of any three-month period since the business started and any three months period between October 2020 and February 2021

If you have any queries regarding your eligibility, please refer in the first instance to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s).

The Discretionary Grant Scheme closed to new applicants at 5pm on 9 April 2021

If your query is not already addressed and dealt with here, please contact COVID-19grantenquiries@highland.gov.uk

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