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Closed COVID-19 funds

The following funds have now closed. You can still visit the websites listed to check the status of applications or to find out where funding has been awarded. 

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  • Closed 31 March: Legal Aid Resilience Fund Information about how to apply for a grant to enable Scottish legal firms and law centres to continue to offer Legal Aid services to the public.
  • Closed 22 March: Support for Small Accommodation Providers Paying Council Tax Fund B&Bs, self-catering businesses and guest houses that have not previously been supported are now eligible to apply for this fund. All business must be re-registered by 22 March 2021 to receive payment. Payments will be made as soon as possible once a business is registered. 
  • Closed 18 March: Campervan and Motorhome Rental Operators Fund The purpose of this fund is to support the financial continuity of eligible campervan and motorhome rental businesses while COVID-19 restrictions on opening and travel are still in place, and to support them to prepare for accepting visitors later in 2021, when it is hoped restrictions will be lifted. 
  • Closed 16 March: Hostel COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund The £2.8 million fund has been established to provide financial support for the Scottish-based hostel sector. It is being delivered on behalf of the Scottish Government by VisitScotland, with development input from Scottish Independent Hostels, Hostelling Scotland and Independent Hostels UK. 
  • Closed 10 March: Scotland's Tour Guides Fund Financial support for Scottish businesses in the attractions sector that have been severely affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Closed 10 March: COVID-19 Scottish Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare Fund If you run a zoo or aquarium in Scotland and are experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, you may be able to apply for a 0% unsecured loan or grant of up to £100,000 to pay for three months of animal care costs. 
  • Closed 08 March: The Seafood Producers Resilience Fund will provide support to eligible shellfish catchers and eligible shellfish and trout aquaculture undertakings. These businesses have lost access to domestic and international food markets as a result of COVID-19, and the difficult trading conditions that have resulted from the end of the transition period following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. 
  • Closed 03 March: Scottish Country Sports Tourism Restart Fund This £1m fund will provide immediate support to tourism businesses within the country sports sector. 
  • Closed 02 March: Hostel COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund The fund aims to help keep hostel businesses operating while coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions on opening and travel are still in place, and to support them to prepare for reopening in 2021 when restrictions are lifted. 
  • Closed 01 March: Temporary Restrictions Fund for Childcare Providers This fund will provide support to childcare services that are currently only permitted to open to look after vulnerable children or those of key workers. The fund will help offset the reduction in income resulting from operating below capacity and ensure these services can remain open. 
  • Closed 26 February: Events Industry Support Fund 2 This fund has been established to provide financial support for Scottish businesses operating across the events industry, particularly those in the industry’s supply chain. 
  • Closed 25 February: Scottish Wedding Industry Fund This fund aims to provide support to businesses whose main income comes from the wedding and civil partnerships industry, which has been significantly impacted by COVID-19. It’s provided by the Scottish Government and administered by Scottish Enterprise, South of Scotland Enterprise and HIE.
  • Closed 23 February: Scotland Coach Operators A £10m fund has been established to provide financial support to Scottish based businesses in the coach operators sector critical to Scotland’s tourism economy. 
  • Closed February: Visitor Attractions Support Fund A £10m fund providing financial support to visitor attractions in Scotland that have been severely affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Guidance is now available. 
  • Closed 26 February: Seafood Producers Resilience Fund. This £6.45m fund will support eligible shellfish catchers and producers, in addition to trout farmers who have faced issues exporting to the EU and have lost access to domestic food markets as a result of COVID-19. 
  • Closed 25 February: Scottish Wedding Industry Fund This fund aims to provide support to businesses whose main income comes from the wedding and civil partnerships industry, which has been significantly impacted by COVID-19. It’s provided by the Scottish Government and administered by Scottish Enterprise, South of Scotland Enterprise and HIE. All of the eligibility criteria, plus a list of documentation you'll need to hand to complete your application is on Find Business Support. Applications will be appraised in the order they’re received until the full fund has been allocated. 
  • Closed 05 February: Tourism and Hospitality Talent Development Programme A new virtual leadership, management and supervisory skills training programme is scheduled to take place in February 2021 to aid the recovery of the tourism and hospitality industry in Scotland post COVID-19. Applications close 5 February 2021. This programme is funded by Scottish Government, and is being administered by HIT Scotland. There will be 975 places available for this programme, with 13 groups of 25 people able to take part in each of the three categories - Supervisor, Manager, Leader. Read the guidance document to see whose eligible and how to apply. 
  • Closed 05 February: Support for leisure, retail and hospitality businesses has been increased through the Strategic Framework Business Fund. If your business is required to close by law or to significantly change its operations due to COVID-19 restrictions, you can apply for grant funding. In addition to the grants businesses receive through the Strategic Business Framework Fund, eligible businesses will also get a one-off grant. To receive this top-up payment, you must apply for the Strategic Framework Business Fund by 5 February 2021. If you have already applied to the Strategic Framework Business Fund, you do not need to reapply for the top-up grant, it will be issued automatically.
  • Closed 05 February: New Funding for Live Theatre & Dance Performances From 10 December, applications are invited from the dance, theatre and multi-artform sector for a share in £600K National Lottery funding through Creative Scotland, for live performance tours from Spring 2021. The deadline for applications was Friday 05 February 2021. 
  • Closed 31 January: Apply for the coronavirus Futures Fund The Future Fund provides government loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors. 
  • Closed 18 January: The Pivotal Event Businesses Fund is open to event businesses whose primary role as organisers, suppliers, contractors and venues is critical to the survival of the events sector in Scotland, and upon whom the wider events industry and supply chain are most reliant for their own business and operations. Expressions of Interest for the Pivotal Event Businesses Fund will reopen temporarily to allow businesses who were unable to complete the EOI due to the Festive holiday period, the opportunity to apply.
  • Closed 22 December: The Pivotal Event Businesses Fund is a £6 million fund being delivered by VisitScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. Applicants can apply for grants from £25,000 up to a maximum £150,000.
  • Closed 13 December: Support for nightclubs and soft play One-off grants of up to £50,000 will be available to businesses in both sectors through the COVID-19 Contingency Fund. Grants will be based on rateable value. Local authorities will be contacting businesses directly to get the information needed to progress their claim.
  • Closed 13 December: COVID-19 Scottish Wholesale Food and Drink Resilience Fund apply to the Scottish Wholesale Food and Drink Resilience Fund which provides grants for food and drink businesses suffering hardship as a result of coronavirus.
  • Closed: Screen Hardship Fund This fund is to support freelance screen practitioners working in all parts of Scotland’s screen sector who are experiencing immediate financial hardship. Applications opened on Tuesday 22 September and will remain open until all funds have been expended.  
  • Closed 16 November: Funding for Scottish islands to ditch single-use packaging Scotland’s islands could lead a revolution in the way we shop with financial support being provided to eradicate wasteful packaging. Zero Waste Scotland will administer a total of £600,000 in grant funding provided by the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund to empower shops, from Shetland to Arran and all the islands in between, to take the next steps in the war on waste by ditching single-use packaging and moving to reusable options. Applications for funding are open until 5pm on 16 November 2020.
  • Closed 13 November: Green Recovery - Low Carbon Energy Project Capital Funding Expression of interest form and guidance for funding to stimulate and accelerate the delivery of low carbon energy opportunities across Scotland, including the provision of support to projects in urban, rural, island and remote parts of Scotland and areas that are off gas grid.
  • Closed 25 November: New grant for local projects A new £1 million ‘Scotland Loves Local’ fund will provide grants of between £500 and £5,000 to hundreds of projects to promote town centre and online businesses. Grants can be put towards providing safe shopping information for residents and tourists, the installation of public health infrastructure such as protective screens, physical distancing markers, hand sanitising equipment and PPE.
  • Closed 18 November: The Culture Collective Fund is a pilot programme which will establish a network of creative practitioners, organisations and communities, working together to create a positive difference locally and nationally in response to COVID-19.
  • Closed 05 November: Connecting Scotland is a £15 million Scottish Government fund being delivered through the SCVO aiming to support around 23,000 low income households without proper internet access to get online. 
  • Closed 31 October: New support for Scottish grassroots music venues - The £2.2m fund was launched on 26 August and delivered through Creative Scotland. The purpose of the fund is to provide grassroots live music venues, that were financially sustainable before COVID-19, with the funds to prevent permanent closure and help with sustainability. 
  • Closed 23 October: Young Company Capital Investment Grant Scheme We've launched a new grant scheme in partnership with Business Gateway for start-up or young (less than five years old) businesses and social enterprises, the Young Company Capital Investment Scheme. This will provide grant funding of up to 50% of the costs (up to £50,000) for capital equipment. The scheme is open to SMEs with a UK registered address, that can provide evidence of economic activity in the Highlands and Islands. 
  • Closed 24 September: Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund the Scottish Government announced a £59 million fund on 28 August for culture and heritage. The first phase of this fund opens to applications on 17 September.
  • Closed 14 September: Events Industry Support Fund announced Details of the £6 million fund to help the events sector recover from the COVID-19 pandemic was announced on 24 August. The fund will comprise of a one-off grant of £10,000 to support businesses in the events industry, particularly those in the supply chain that are facing hardship.
  • Closed 09 September: Hotel Support Programme The core purpose of the Hotel Support Programme is to protect sustainable employment in the medium term within larger hotels in Scotland. It is highly targeted and can be used alongside other COVID-19 support schemes.
  • Closed 18 May: Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund - the fund was a grant scheme for Scottish SMEs that were able to demonstrate that they had been made vulnerable by COVID-19 but could present a strong business case for a viable future. A full list of companies to be awarded a grant as part of this funding programmes has now been published on the Scottish Enterprise website.  
  • Creative, Tourism and Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund -the fund was an avenue of support for small creative, tourism and hospitality companies not in receipt of other COVID-19 business grants. The fund was designed to support companies in immediate hardship due to the current situation. A full list of companies awarded support can be found on the Scottish Enterprise website
  • Fund closed to applications: The Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund. Decisions will be communicated no later than 24 September 2020.
  • Closed to new applicants 31 July: Early Stage Growth Challenge Fund
  • Closed to new applicants 10 July: Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund.
  • Closed to new applicants 10 July: The Bed and Breakfast Hardship Fund is being administered through local authorities. If you have any queries about this fund or your application, please contact your local authority directly.  
  • A £34m Wellbeing Fund to support organisations across the third sector that are providing important services for people as a result of coronavirus - this fund is closed. Find out more about your application on the SVCO website.  
  • A £2m fund launched by Creative Scotland to help artists and freelancers with grants of between £500 and £2,500 The Bridging Bursary Funds are now closed. Creative Scotland is currently processing all requests received. 
  • A £3m scheme for around 100 businesses which make a full time living from shellfish growing and trout farming. This round of funding closed on 30 June. 
  • Closed to new applicants 29 June. £100 million emergency loan fund supporting small and medium-sized house builders with liquidity issues due to the temporary closure of the house building sector as a result of COVID-19 (18 May 2020) 

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