Town centre small business grant gives helping hand with Covid-19 safety

Small businesses in Fife’s main Town Centres could now get a £100 grant towards the cost of public health and safety measures required to reopen safely and cope with Covid-19.

Fife Council is committed to supporting town centres, and small businesses can now apply for help with the cost of Covid-19 public health measures.

Applications are invited from businesses located in Fife’s town centres: Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline, Glenrothes, St. Andrews, Cupar, Cowdenbeath, Leven, Lochgelly, Burntisland, Anstruther, Newburgh, Inverkeithing, Rosyth, Dalgety Bay, Kincardine.

What is being funded?
Grants can reimburse costs already incurred. Eligible expenditure can include:

  • PPE, such as face masks, visors, gloves for use by staff or customers.
  • Hand sanitiser & sanitiser dispensing units.
  • Protective screens installed at cash-desks and other public interface areas.
  • Internal signage related to public safety.
  • Other items may be considered eligible at the discretion of Fife Council.

Who can apply?
Small Businesses only. To be eligible for consideration, the applicant business must:

  • Operate from business premises that are accessed by the public.
  • Have no more than three business outlets in a business chain.
  • Have no more than 5 full-time employees per business outlet.

Cllr Altany Craik, Convener for Fife Council’s Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, said: “If you run a small business in one of Fife’s main town centres you can now apply for a £100 grant to help with the cost of Covid-19 public health measures. As we welcome people back to Fife’s Town Centres, this new grant can give some much-needed help to many of our smaller businesses, as they try and recover from the lockdown. It can help the likes of shops, cafes and offices comply with the current public health regulations, giving some added confidence and comfort to staff and customers alike, to stay local and spend local.”

“Fife Council is committed to supporting our town centres. This latest funding, being administered by Business Gateway Fife, is just one of our projects now underway that will provide an extra boost for Fife’s economy and support new measures for town centres, addressing immediate concerns and helping our communities recover.”

Businesses can apply online at Business Gateway Fife, by visiting their website at   https://www.businessgatewayfife.com/covid-safety-grant and completing a short online form. Any business needing further help or advice on this, or other forms of support available, can get in touch with Business Gateway Fife on 01592 858333 or email info@bgfife.co.uk