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Back to Business Fund

The purpose of the Back to Business Fund (BBF) is to provide grants to help businesses address specific, immediate priorities in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This enables them to adapt or modify their premises or operating model in order to address new challenges in their trading environment.

BBF criteria have been devised to reflect feedback received through the Covid-19 Business Survey recently conducted by the council and to ensure the optimum economic impact.

The BBF focusses on providing grant funding as a contribution towards specific projects or investments being undertaken by applicants in direct response to Covid-19 and is not geared towards addressing working capital requirements or day-to-day cashflow issues.

BBF grants will provide 100% of eligible project costs (excluding VAT), up to a maximum grant award of £2,500 with one application per business. 

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, your business must be able to meet all of the following criteria:

  • The business is based in North Lanarkshire. Please note - applications from home-based businesses will only be considered in exceptional cases.
  • The business is a micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (up to 250 employees).
  • The business has been trading as of 17 March 2020 and can evidence you were actively trading as of 7 June 2021.
  • The business can clearly evidence a significant loss of income as a result of COVID-19 restrictions and demonstrate why external financial assistance from North Lanarkshire Council is essential.
  • The business is viable and can provide evidence to validate this as part of the application.
  • The business has not incurred any project-related expenditure until after a formal decision on the grant application has been received.
  • The business owns the business premises or has more than 12 months remaining on a commercial lease at the date of application. Home-based businesses must be trading (not incorporated) for more than 12 months and will only be considered for support in exceptional cases.
  • The business is not connected to a tax haven, as set out in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No. 2) Act 2020.

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Supporting Evidence

You will need to provide the following evidence to support your application:

  • Evidence of Incorporation- any one of the following: 
    • Company (inc. SCIO): Certificate of Incorporation or Companies House registration number. 
    • Partnership: Partnership agreement or HMRC registration. 
    • Sole Trader Self Employed and Freelancers: HMRC registration, Self-assessment documents or valid business insurance document. 
    • Community Interest Company: Certificate of Incorporation 
    • Trust: Constitution documents, HMRC registration or VAT registration document. 
  • Evidence of Business bank statements dated within three months of the application clearly showing the name, address, sort code and account number. If you do not have a business bank account, we will only accept personal bank accounts where they clearly show business transactions.
  • Evidence of lost income. This could be in the form of a recent profit and loss account, management accounts, cash flow statements, invoices and receipts, details of contracts lost, cancelled booking diaries/work schedules, cancelled sales/orders, cancelled customer bookings due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Evidence of ownership/commercial lease. This could be a copy of i) premises lease summary or ii) e-mail from landlord confirming duration of tenancy agreement, or iii) proof of ownership.
  • Evidence of projected project costs. This should include formal supplier quote(s) for all eligible items/works seeking grant support.
  • Evidence of a project plan. In your own words, provide a summary of the project and detail how the Back to Business funding will help your businesses address specific, immediate priorities in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic, thereby enabling the business to adapt or modify their premises or operating model in order to address new challenges in their trading environment.

Application - how to apply

To apply please complete all parts of the below application form and return it to alongside the requested supporting evidence. 

Please ensure you complete all parts of this application and provide the relevant evidence required. Insufficient evidence will lead to a delay in your grant application being processed. For additional information on application process and the evidence required please see the guidance notes below.


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Page last updated:
14 Feb 2022

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