COVID-19: Discretionary Business support - UPDATE

This update was published on 6th April 2021 by Stirling Council.

The discretionary "Business Support Fund" has been re-opened for a brief period by Stirling Council. It is designed to provide support for small and micro businesses (fifty employees or fewer) that have been unable to obtain support since October last year. This second application opportunity is there for businesses that did not apply during the first round (from 18th January to 3rd February). The following designations are eligible:

  • Limited Company (including Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations and social enterprises)
  • Sole Traders
  • Trusts
  • Partnerships
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Freelancers
  • Self-employed individuals
  • Sub-contractors

Please note that applications may only be made from 9am on Wednesday 7th April until 5pm on Tuesday 13th April. Click on the link below for further information.

Stirling Council website

COVID-19: Community support

This update was published on 31st March 2021 by Stirling Council on behalf of Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN).

SSEN has announced the launch of a £280,000 fund to build local resilience and protect vulnerable community members. The 2021 round of the Resilient Communities Fund will open on Tuesday 6th April, with £280,000 available for non-profit making organisations, community groups and charities working to protect and enhance the resilience of those most vulnerable in the north of Scotland. The deadline date for applications is Thursday 10th June. For further details, please click on the button below for the SSEN website.

SSEN website

COVID-19: Business support

This update was published on 16th March 2021 by Stirling Council.

Stirling Council has launched a fund to support Bed & Breakfast providers, Guest Houses and self-caterers who pay Council tax. It is only open for ONE WEEK until Tuesday 23rd March 2021. Please pass on the link to anyone who may be interested! (Click on the button below for the link.)

Stirling Council website

This update was published on 28th January 2021 by Stirling Council.

Stirling Council has launched a specific support fund for Taxi and Private Hire companies and drivers. See the link below for details.

Stirling Council website

There is also support from the Scottish government for businesses in the wedding sector. See the link below.

Find Business Support website


COVID-19: Business support

This update was published on 11th January 2021 by Stirling Council.

This is a link to a recent email from STEP and Business Gateway Stirling with an update on the current financial support that is available for businesses.

STEP and Business Gateway email

COVID-19: Financial support during Covid-19 crisis

This update was published on 5th November 2020 by Stirling Council.

This document collates information published by both the United Kingdom and Scottish governments and includes the latest changes in Scotland, linked to the new system of five "tiers".

Click on the button below to see the full document which has been stored in our Filing Cabinet.

Financial Support

COVID-19: Self-isolation Support Grant

This information was published on 13th October 2020 by Stirling Council.

This grant of £500 is for those who will face financial hardship due to being asked to self-isolate and will be targeted at people who are in receipt of Universal Credit or legacy benefits, with some discretion to make awards to others in financial hardship. It will be delivered through the existing Scottish Welfare Fund, which is administered by local authorities. For further details, follow the link below to the Scottish government website.

Scottish Government website

COVID-19: Funding for community and third-sector organisations

This update was published on 26th September 2020 by Stirling Council.

Here are two links to programmes or funds that offer support for community or third-sector organisations and groups. One is the "Adapt and Thrive" programme and the other is the "Communities Recovery Fund". Click on the relevant button below for links to the relevant websites.

Adapt and Thrive Programme Communities Recovery Fund

COVID-19: Business support

This update was published on 26th September 2020 by Stirling Council.

The UK Government provides a range of guidance and support options for business owners, including a subscription service that notifies you of changes and updates in the information available. Click on the button below for the relevant page on the government website.

UK Government website


COVID-19: Bed & Breakfast Hardship Fund

This information was first published on 15th June 2020 by Stirling Council.

This fund is to offer hardship relief to businesses that provide Bed & Breakfast and other "Small Serviced Accommodation" but don't have a business bank account and have not been able to access support through other schemes. Applications for this fund opened on Monday 15th June 2020. Successful applicants will receive a one-off payment of £3,000. For further details see the Stirling Council website by clicking on the button below.

Stirling Council Website

COVID-19: Money Saving Expert advice

Update published on 22nd April 2020 by Stirling Council.

A collection of information, advice and guidance referring to problems arising from the pandemic crisis has been published by the Money Saving Expert website. Please click on the button below for further details.

Money Saving Expert website

COVID-19: Funding for organisations during Covid-19 crisis

Update published on 15th April 2020 by Stirling Council regarding grants from Scottish Government.

The Scottish Government has changed its position on awarding grants to businesses in Scotland. Businesses are now able to claim per property rather than receiving a single grant of £25,000 for the whole business.

This will see £25,000 given to the first business property, with subsequent premises given seventy-five per cent (75%) of that. This now brings the position in Scotland more closely into line with that operating in the rest of the United Kingdom. For further information, click on the button below.

Scottish Government Support

Information first published on 9th April 2020 by Stirling Council regarding grant opportunities from Persimmon Homes.

Persimmon Homes is keenly aware that the charity sector is experiencing particular hardship during these difficult times as local communities take action to contain the outbreak of Covid-19. Two amazing charity schemes operated by Persimmon will see millions of pounds handed out to groups supporting, specifically, the under-18s and people aged over seventy.

Building Futures

Persimmon's Charitable Foundation has this week committed to relaunching its "Building Futures" scheme for 2020. As part of its sponsorship of Team GB, Persimmon will donate more than £1 million to support children in sport, health and education. We are calling on local groups that support children within your area to apply. It can all be done online remotely via the link below.

Building Futures

Community Champions

Persimmon's Community Champions initiative has run since 2015 and gives away £64,000 every month in single donations up to the value of £1,000. So far over £3.5 million has been donated in the UK. Persimmon has decided that, from April 2020, all funding will go directly to groups supporting the over 70s. For further details click on the link below.

Community Champions

This information was first published on 2nd April 2020 by Stirling Council

Various funds have been announced recently to help organisations deal with the impact of coronavirus on services:

Third Sector Resilience Fund - a £20m emergency fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations which find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Third Sector Resilience Fund

Community Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund - the National Emergencies Trust has set up a Coronavirus Appeal to raise funds for local charities and grassroots organisations that can provide vital support - funds for Scottish organisations will be distributed by Foundation Scotland.

National Emergencies Trust

Creative Scotland - three funding programmes have been launched to help provide further support to sustain the country’s creative community impacted by coronavirus.

Creative Scotland

Charities Aid Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Fund - grants of up to £10,000 to help smaller organisations to continue to deliver much-needed support.

Charities Aid Foundation

Further funding information and links are available on the Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub funding page.

Third Sector Information Hub

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