The SNP Government’s £25 million fund to improve ventilation in business premises and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission across North Ayrshire and Scotland opens today (Tuesday 23 November) at 15:00.
Small and medium-sized businesses such as restaurants, bars and gyms will be able to claim back costs of up to £2,500 to undertake work such as the installation of carbon dioxide monitors and remedial improvement work to windows and vents.
Businesses will be able to fill in a self-assessment form on findbusinesssupport.gov.scot to receive advice on improving their current ventilation systems and identify if they are eligible for financial support, their local authority.
Kenneth Gibson MSP said:
“While it’s great that this autumn and winter, we will be able to go out and socialise again, this does bring an increased risk of spreading COVID.
“Effective ventilation is a key public health measure to help reduce this risk, and therefore the potential to attract up to £2,500 funding is an excellent incentive for businesses to improve their ventilation systems.
“Please find out if your business is eligible and apply via the Find Business Support Ventilation Fund website as soon as you can."
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the £25m Ventilation Fund in September 2021.
An expert advice group chaired by Professor Tim Sharpe from the University of Strathclyde recommended that businesses should be supported to improve ventilation.