New grants announced for newly self-employed and close contact services

French Duncan | 18 February 2021

The Scottish Government have announced two new grants that are now available to apply for, with the application deadline for both being the 16th March 2021.

Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund

This scheme offers a one-off £4,000 payment for anyone newly self-employed that is not eligible for the UK Government’s Coronavirus (Covid-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). 

To be eligible you must meet one of the following requirements:

(i) Became self-employed on or after 6 April 2019 but before 17 March 2020

(ii) Became self-employed between 1 October 2018 and 6 April 2019 but are ineligible for the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) because you weren’t self-employed for a sufficient period of time in the 2018/19 Financial Year to demonstrate that you derived 50% of your income from self-employment.

For full details and the application form please visit the Find Business Support website:

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Mobile And Home Based Close Contact Services Fund

This scheme is for is for owners and operators of mobile and home-based close contact service businesses and registered driving instructors, and offers a one-off £4,000 payment.

Full details of eligibility and criteria, and application form details can be found on the Find Business Support website:

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