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

French Duncan

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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