Support for business community - Coronavirus

At this time, the only fund being administered by Aberdeenshire Council is the Discretionary Business Fund. View full details of eligibility and to apply.

With the escalation of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to reassure the businesses and communities of Aberdeenshire that we are working on your behalf to minimise the negative impact on the economy. We are liaising closely with both the UK and Scottish governments and will continue to do so as the situation develops. From this, we aim to develop a transferable action plan that will help us to assist our businesses and residents.

Together with our partner organisations, we will work, as far as is practically possible, to lessen the negative impact that is being felt from the effects of COVID-19. We appreciate that this is a very difficult time for your business and we are here to support you.

We also share updates as they become available on Twitter and LinkedIn. If you have a specific request and wish to contact a member of the Aberdeenshire Economic Development team, please email

View advice on reopening a business. The information is supported by officers from a number of services in the council, such as Trading Standards, Area Teams and Economic Development.

If you require cross service support in order to assist in your business re-opening or adapting following lock down restrictions, please fill in the Easing Lockdown Support form and we will assist you with your enquiry or table your proposal at our Easing Lockdown Support Forum.

Please send full details of your proposal including site location plan, any other plans, photographs or detail that may allow a full response to Please add your site address into the subject of the email; the more comprehensive your submission the quicker we can respond.

Essential services and key workers

View guidance on essential services and key workers.

Business grants

Find out about:

COVID-19 Strategic Framework Business Fund

COVID-19 Discretionary Business Fund

Returning to workplace guidance

View advice on reopening a business and guidance for employers and employees on how to work safely.

Sector specific support

View support available for specific sectors such as food businesses, tourism, oil and gas sector, seafood, third sector, creative community and small bed and breakfasts.


View information on job retention scheme and statutory sick pay. View details about the Kickstart job placement scheme


View support available for self-employed and information about the Newly Self Employed Hardship Fund.

Loan schemes

View information on loan schemes available for businesses.


View information on VAT deferral, time-to-pay and IR35 off payroll deferral.


View information on business recovery support such as Future Fund.

Other available funding and support

View other sources of funding and supportFind out more about eviction and protection for renters.

Economic Development work review

Please view a brief snapshot view of some of the work that has been taking place over the past year of 2020 by Economic Development: