Businesses which remain open but have suffered a loss in trade due to the new coronavirus restrictions will be able to claim for a Government support grant.
Finance Secretary Kate Forbes said the hardship grant fund will sit alongside support for companies which have had to close their doors until October 26.
The Scottish Government has announced a £40 million package to help businesses through the latest phase of the pandemic, including the £20 million grant fund administered by local councils.
Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme on Friday, Ms Forbes said she wants to make sure businesses receive the money “as quickly as possible”.
She said the first part of the £20 million fund will provide grants of £2,000 or £3,000 per premises to hospitality businesses which have had to close.
Ms Forbes added: “The second element, though, is quite important and it’s not replicated elsewhere.
“It’s businesses that are seeing reduced trade – they’ve had an impact but they’re not required in law to close.
“So they might be in the supply chain for the hospitality industry or, an issue close to my heart, they might be outwith the central belt, not required to close.”
She said those businesses will be able to claim £1,000 or £1,500 per premises from the hardship fund.
Applications for the grants are due to open on local authority websites on Tuesday.
Critics have said the Scottish Government’s £40 million package will not meet demand, with Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross saying it is “not nearly enough” for the hospitality sector alone.
Ms Forbes added: “We want to get that money out the door as quickly as possible.
“This is a short, two-week break period. It’s having a huge impact, but the grant amounts reflect that it is a short, sharp intervention.”
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