Around £220 million of further grants are being made available to support businesses in Scotland during the pandemic.
The Scottish Government measures include £120 million to extend the Small Business Grant scheme to ensure that, in addition to a 100% grant on the first property, small business rate payers will be eligible to a 75% grant on all subsequent properties.
A £100 million fund is also being made available to protect self-employed people and viable micro and SME businesses. This fund will be channelled through local authorities and enterprise agencies to target newly self-employed people and businesses who are ineligible for other Scottish Government or UK Government schemes.
Applications will be open by the end of the month, and the new arrangements for the Small Business Grant will be in place to receive applications on 5th May.