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Covid-19 Grant Support

In April 2020, the Scottish Government made available additional grant funding for vulnerable Scottish SMEs which are vital to local, regional and national economies and for tourism, hospitality and creative industry businesses experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19.

Scotland’s enterprise agencies worked at pace with VisitScotland and Creative Scotland to design and deliver this funding via two short-term funds:

  • A £30 million national Creative, Tourism & Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund for small creative, tourism and hospitality companies not in receipt of other COVID-19 business grants. The fund was designed to support companies in tourism, creative industries and hospitality experiencing immediate hardship, due to ineligibility for other COVID-19 Government grant support. The focus was to help companies who could demonstrate a negative cashflow position over three months and those furloughing staff were eligible to apply.
  • A £120 million national Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund (PERF) for viable but vulnerable SME firms which are vital to Scotland’s economy. The fund was designed to support companies with working capital to help them continue trading or to come out of hibernation and the focus was on firms that are vital to local, regional or national economic prosperity and those who could help to kick start the recovery.

At SOSE, we administered over £12m of this funding to almost 300 businesses across Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders. Many of the businesses would not have survived without this vital support. You can see the list of businesses who we have helped below.  




Remember - if you have already applied for available streams of funding and are genuinely still struggling, or you have a good idea to adapt or diversity your business, please get in touch with us so we can talk to you. 

View the South of Scotland businesses in receipt of Covid-19 Grant Support

Pivotal Enterprises and Resilience Fund (PERF)