Newly Self Employed Hardship Fund

The Scottish Government have put in place a new support measure for those newly self-employed and smaller businesses suffering hardship as result of COVID 19.

The Newly Self Employed Hardship Fund is being administered by North Lanarkshire Council and will be allocated through a one off non-repayable grant of £2,000 to those individuals who have not been able to access any support through any other scheme.  Individuals may only apply for one grant in one local authority area. Applicants may continue to work or take on other employment including voluntary work while applying for or in receipt of this grant.

Eligible applicants can apply for this grant up until 5pm on 10th July 2020.

Eligible individuals must complete the on line application and meet the following criteria:

  • Became self-employed on/after 6 April 2019 and over 50% of individual income is from self-employment.
  • Trading profits below £50,000 in financial year 2019-20.
  • Can provide evidence of active trading up to March 2020 and intend to continue trading in the tax year 2020-21.
  • Have lost business due to coronavirus and experience personal financial hardship as a result.
  • Ineligible for other COVID-19 related business support.
  • Do not receive working age benefit payments (Universal Credit, Statutory Sick Pay, Employment and Support Allowance, Job Seekers' Allowance, Income Support) or have applied for but not yet started receiving Universal Credit.
  • Trade as self-employed, not as a limited company or partnership.
  • Have taken steps to limit costs and expenditure (including through schemes such as VAT deferral and seeking a mortgage payment holiday).
  • Do not have access to sufficient savings or other sources of income to meet basic needs.
  • Individuals must also be able to provide the following supporting evidence, which will be subject to audit:
  • Proof of identity, ideally photographic (for example a valid passport or driving licence).
  • Proof of address (for example a recent council tax bill or utility bill).
  • Evidence of active trading up to March 2020.

Award of funding

North Lanarkshire Council will review your application on behalf of the Scottish Government to assess if you are eligible for the grant. The Council will aim to make payment direct to your nominated bank account within 10 working days on receipt of a fully completed application. Should the Council require any additional information or other evidence this may delay your application being processed within 10 working days.

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Further Enquiries

If you have any further queries on your eligibility for the Newly Self Employed Hardship Fund, please contact us by e-mailing: and we will respond to your query as quickly as possible. It is important for all enquiries that you include your include your full name, business name and a contact telephone number. If you have submitted an application, please quote your reference number in the subject line in any correspondence.  Please review the pdf icon Frequently Asked Questions [252kb] for additional information. 

Privacy Notice

North Lanarkshire Council will use the information you provide on this form to process your grant application. It will share that information with the Council's Council Tax and Benefits departments in order to verify your details. It will also share your information with Business Gateway if you indicate that you wish further business advice. It will not keep your information for any longer than is necessary.

A full privacy statement relating to how the Council uses your information to administer the NSEHF, including information about your information rights and contact information for the Council's Data Protection Officer, can be found pdf icon here [468kb].

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