Scottish Business Rates Grant during COVID-19

To help owners of non-domestic properties, including businesses, deal with the impact of COVID-19, the Scottish Government has made changes to non-domestic rates.



These grants will be available to non-domestic properties from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. Who meet either one of the following:

• Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with a rateable value between £18,001 and up to and including £50,999 will be able to apply for a one-off grant of £25,000.


• A one-off grant of £10,000 will also be available to small businesses who get:

  • Small Business Bonus Scheme relief
  • Rural Relief

You can also get this grant if you applied for Nursery Relief, Business Growth Accelerator Relief or Disabled Relief but are eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme.

It is important to note that you can only apply for one and not both grants available.

You will be able to find your Rateable Value (RV) on your latest rates bill.

For those who believe they qualify under Retail, Hospitality and Leisure, please check the following list. COVID-19 Types of Retail, Hospitality and Leisure PDF (opens in a new tab)

These lists are not exhaustive. If you think you may be eligible for this relief, contact your local council.


Applying for a Grant

Applications for these will be handled by local council and a link to all 32 councils across Scotland is below.

It will be possible to apply for the grants from 24 March 2020 and they will be available to 31 March 2021.

Councils will aim to make payment within 10 working days of receiving a grant application form.

Some councils have or are developing online applications, where online applications are available as at todays date, we have provided a link, others are paper applications which need to be emailed to the council. Online application are likely to be faster and it is our understanding that all councils will develop these but you may wish to complete paper applications to avoid further delay. Do not apply twice as this will delay applications further.


Deferring payment of non-domestic rates

If you’re struggling to pay your non-domestic rates bill you should contact your local council and ask them about your payment options.

Links to local council applications
Aberdeen City – open PDF
Aberdeenshire – open PDF
Angus – open PDF
Argyll and Bute – open PDF
Clackmannanshire – open PDF
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles) – open PDF
Dumfries and Galloway – open PDF
Dundee City –
East Ayrshire – open PDF
East Dunbartonshire – open PDF
East Lothian – open PDF
East Renfrewshire – open PDF
Edinburgh – open PDF
Falkirk – open PDF
Fife – open PDF
Glasgow – open PDF
Highlands – open PDF
Inverclyde – open PDF
Midlothian – to be released contact the council for advice on how to apply
Moray – open PDF
North Ayrshire – open PDF
North Lanarkshire – open PDF
Orkney – open PDF
Perth & Kinross –
Renfrewshire –
Scottish Borders – open PDF
Shetland – open PDF
South Ayrshire – open PDF
South Lanarkshire –…coronavirus_business_support_fund
Stirling –….coronavirus-business-support-fund-application-online-form/
West Dunbartonshire –
West Lothian – open PDF