Renfrewshire Council

Grants, loans and financial help for local businesses impacted by coronavirus

You may be eligible for a grant, loan or other financial help if your business has been closed or impacted by coronavirus including:


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The coronavirus job retention scheme, also known as the furlough scheme, enables employers to claim for some of their employee's wages if they are furloughed because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

This scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021.

Read more about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and how to make a claim on the GOV.UK website.


Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

You may be able to claim up to two weeks Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for your employees' sickness absence resulting from coronavirus. Read more about the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme and how to make a claim on the GOV.UK website.


Renfrewshire COVID-19 Discretionary Business Grant

This grant is for small businesses, micro businesses and the self-employed in Renfrewshire who are experiencing the most disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic but are not eligible for other Covid-19 grants.

It supports:

  • Businesses in commercial premises with responsibility for rates who can demonstrate a considerable income loss since October 2020. Businesses with a rateable value of up to £9,999 can get a grant of £5,000 and businesses greater than £10,000 can get a grant of £10,000.
  • Businesses in hardship operating from a home or from a leased commercial premise can qualify for a £2,500 grant.
  • Newly self-employed businesses started between 17 March 2020 and 1 October 2020 who haven't qualified for any other support will be eligible for a £2,500 grant.

Businesses eligible for other COVID-19 support cannot apply for this grant. This includes businesses eligible for support through the Strategic Framework Business FundNewly Self-Employed Hardship FundMobile and Home-Based Close Contact Services Fund and the Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund.

Before you apply, read the full eligibility criteria in the online application form to check: 

  • your business qualifies for the grant
  • you have all the information we need to process your application. 

You should apply as soon as possible.

We will assess and verify applications case-by-case, and they will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis, with only one application per business allowed.

If your application is approved, we aim to make payment within five working days. If your application is incomplete, it may be delayed and not assessed in time for the funds to be allocated. 

Contact our Economic Development Team at econdev@renfrewshire.gov.uk if you need more information.

Apply for a Renfrewshire COVID-19 Discretionary Business Grant


Grants for businesses closed by restrictions

The Coronavirus (COVID-19): Strategic Framework Business Fund helps businesses closed and impacted by the restrictions across Scotland. Renfrewshire Council administered these grants on behalf of the Scottish Government to eligible Renfrewshire businesses. This fund is now closed.

On Monday 19 April 2021, any business who received a grant from the Strategic Framework Business Fund will automatically receive a combined final 2-week supplement and a one-off restart grant to help them re-open. 

Read more details about the Strategic Framework Business Fund on the gov.scot website.

Email econdev@renfrewshire.gov.uk if you need more information about an application you've made to Renfrewshire Council for this grant.


Graphic illustrating the Renfrewshire Business Adaptation Grant

Renfrewshire Coronavirus Business Adaptation Grant

This grant is provided by Renfrewshire Council as part of a package of support developed following discussion with 500 local companies on what can make the biggest short-term difference.

It provides a match-funded grant from £1,000 to £2,500 to help small and medium sized businesses, including self-employed people, to adapt their premises to meet physical distancing requirements. 

It includes the purchase of screens, signage and protective equipment resulting from Coronavirus, but it is not able to be used towards employee wages, general purchase of stock or routine maintenance. 

The grant is open to retrospective applications for businesses who have already purchased the necessary equipment. 

To qualify for support, your business must operate from a commercial premise in Renfrewshire. For expenditure between £1,000 and £2,000, the business pays the initial £1,000 and the grant will pay the difference; for expenditure between £2000 and £5000, the grant will pay 50% of costs.

Apply for a Business Adaptation Grant


Graphic illustrating the Renfrewshire Business Resilience Grant

Renfrewshire Coronavirus Business Resilience Grant

The Business Resilience Grant is provided through our Renfrewshire Coronavirus Business Support fund. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and provides a 50% match-funded grant from £1,000 up to £10,000 to support small and medium sized businesses, including people self-employed, in meeting changed objectives and plans for growth. 

This includes purchase of new equipment, property expansion or improvements or the costs to exhibit or develop new products and processes. 

The grant can't be used towards employee wages, general purchase of stock or routine maintenance. To qualify for support, the business must operate from a commercial premise in Renfrewshire.

Apply for a Business Resilience Grant


Graphic illustrating the Renfrewshire Business Restart Loan

Renfrewshire Coronavirus Business Restart Loan

The Business Restart Loan, provided through our Coronavirus business support fund, offers small and start-up businesses and people self-employed with interest free loans between £1,000 to £5,000 repayable up to three years, to help with short-term cashflow. The loans are provided through partnership with Right Way Credit Union.

Apply for a Business Restart Loan


Bounce Back Loan Scheme

Small and medium sized businesses affected by Coronavirus could borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 through the Bounce Back Loan Scheme. This scheme closed to new and top-up applications on 31 March 2021.

Find out more about the Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan Scheme on GOV.UK


Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Businesses with an annual turnover of up to £45million could apply to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) to access loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5million for up to six years. The scheme was delivered through commercial lenders, backed by the UK Government-owned British Business Bank. The scheme closed to new applications on 31 March 2021.

Find out more about the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme on GOV.UK


COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility

Larger firms affected by a short-term funding squeeze could access the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility which saw the Bank of England buy short-term debt. This scheme closed to new applicants on 23 March 2021.

Find out more about the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility on GOV.UK


Business Loans Scotland

Business Loans Scotland is a consortium of Scotland's 32 local authorities, providing loan finance up to £100,000 to new and growing small and medium sized businesses across Scotland.

Visit the Business Loans Scotland website for details.