Strategic Framework Business Fund

The Scottish Government has committed additional grant funding for those businesses required to close or directly impacted by restrictions under their new Strategic Framework. These are being made available as two separate funds – the Business Temporary Closure Fund, and the Business Restrictions Fund.

These funds are now live for applications on the Highland Council website. Full details of eligibility criteria and the application process are available at that link, and we have summarised the key details below.

Both funds will provide grants every four weeks in arrears for as long as protective measures are in place. The first grant for each will be payable for the period 2 November to 30 November 2020.

Business Temporary Closure Fund

Available to businesses required to close by law, this Fund will provide grants of either £2,000 or £3,000 (depending on rateable value).

As Highland is currently in Level 1, at present eligibility is restricted to the following businesses:

  • Nightclubs – open until at least 2am at the weekend, the main or routine operation of the premises is after 7pm, majority of the premises are given over to permanent dance floor facilities.

Business Restrictions Fund

Available to businesses that are able to remain open but are legally required to close earlier than normal, this Fund will provide grants of £1,400 or £2,100 (depending on rateable value).
*Please note that The Highland Council received confirmation from The Scottish Government on Tuesday 24th November that licensed hotels are eligible for the Business Restriction Grant.

As Highland is currently in Level 1, at present eligibility is restricted to the following businesses:

  • All hospitality businesses subjected to time restrictions on their operations by law – includes restaurants, pubs, bars, licenced sports and social clubs and licensed premises.
  • Theatres, sports stadia, conference and exhibition centres, comedy clubs, concert halls and music venues subject to a specific cap on the number of people who can attend an event

Supporting Evidence Required

Once you have established that your business is eligible to apply – please note you must check the full eligibility criteria – ensure you have the following evidence to hand in support of your application:

  • Rates reference number – this can be found either on the front of your bill or by searching the Scottish Assessors Association website.
  • Proof of business bank details – including account name, sort code, account number, dated within 3 months of the application date
  • If you pay rates through a landlord, a copy of your lease agreement

You can apply online at the Highland Council website, and the Council is urging eligible businesses to apply as soon as possible. Should the Highland area move up a protection level, the eligibility criteria may change and we will advise of this as soon as possible.

If you have any queries that are not dealt with on the website or if you are having difficulty completing the application form, please contact


Page updated 24/11/2020