Covid-19 Support Grants


Some (but not many) SCRA affiliated clubs are potentially eligible for Scottish Government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) business support grants. To be eligible, clubs need to have premises attracting a ratable value.

Scottish Government have introduced two grant schemes to help owners of non-domestic properties deal with the impact of coronavirus,. The Retail, Hospitality, Leisure Support Grants provides £25,000 grants for businesses with a rateable value between £18,001 and £51,000. The Small Business Support Grants provides £10,000 grant for clubs with a rateable value of £18,000 or under. These are grants not loans and do not need to be repaid. The grants are not ‘means tested’ i.e. an applicant does not need to evidence the financial impact of the pandemic on their business. However they are only available to clubs with premises attracting a ratable value.

Full details of these grants are available at: https://www.mygov.scot/non-domestic-rates-coronavirus/grants-to-help-businesses-during-coronavirus/

For detail of wider advice and support for sports clubs and community organisations visit the SportScotland website:

  • Retail, Hospitality, Leisure Support Grant: Sports clubs can apply for a one-off grant of £25,000. The website includes a list of types of properties which are or are not eligible. The list of eligibility covers many types of sport clubs and facilities but is not exhaustive. If eligibility is not clear, encourage clubs to consider applying.
  • Small Business Support Grant: For this scheme clubs need to be claiming Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS), Rural Rates Relief, or Discretionary Sports Relief. The website includes a list of types of properties which are or are not eligible. The list of eligibility covers many types of sport clubs and facilities but is not exhaustive. If eligibility is not clear, encourage clubs to consider applying. If a club has more than one property they should consider the guidance around the overall cap on property value for SBBS and the guidance on claiming grants for more than one property.

Clubs are responsible for considering their own eligibility and should read the guidance on the Scottish Government website. Applications are made through the club’s local authority website, with the Scottish Government website linking to the appropriate page on each local authority website. The application is straight forward and clubs can apply for a grant from now until 31 March 2021. Local authorities will aim to make payment within 10 working days of receiving a grant application form.

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