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

The Renfrewshire COVID-19 Discretionary Business grant has now closed to applications.

This fund was for small businesses, micro businesses and the self-employed in Renfrewshire experiencing the most disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic but ineligible for other Covid-19 grants.

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


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, vehicles, 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


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.