£60 million for newly self-employed, close contact businesses and driving instructors.

Two funds to support people whose livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic are now open to applications

Grants will be available for mobile and home-based close contact service businesses – such as make-up artists and hairdressers – as well as registered driving instructors.

The Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund, which paid out more than £11 million in vital support last year, will also re-open for a second round. Both funds will provide £4,000 grants to successful applicants. Full eligibility details are available online.

Mobile and Home-Based Close Contact Services Fund

Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund

SNP MSP Ruth Maguire said:

“It is welcome that new funds will support harder to reach businesses and newly self-employed people across Scotland.  The Scottish Government are focusing their efforts on helping those who are not captured by UK Government schemes.

“The Scottish Government have committed more than £3 billion to support businesses and protect jobs during the pandemic and I would encourage all those affected to check what support is available to help them through such a challenging time.”