Support for creative industries and heritage

Funding, support and guidance to help those operating in the creative industries and heritage sectors recover from the challenges of COVID-19


Find out about support available now for those operating in the creative industries sector. 

New 22 September: 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.

Read the guidance and apply on Creative Scotland's website

£4 million Museums Resilience and Recovery Fund

This fund will provide support for Scotland’s museums and galleries and will be administered by Museums Galleries Scotland.

Find out more and apply

£600,000 Creative Communities programme open

Are you part of a community looking to develop your own cultural activities? The Scottish Government’s Creative Communities programme, being delivered by Inspiring Scotland, has a £600,000 fund that could help turn your ideas and aspirations into reality. The fund is open now for applications and closes on 12 August

Find out more and apply 

Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development 

Creative Scotland has launched the Open Fund to enable individuals and organisations to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances. Funding is available of between £1,000 - £50,000 from a total of £7.5m of National Lottery money.

Find out more on the Creative Scotland website

Heritage fund - now open until 31 July

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  

The fund will be available for grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 and will be available to organisations across the full breadth of heritage, including historic sites, industrial and maritime heritage, museums, libraries and archives, parks and gardens, landscapes and nature. This fund is open until 31 July. 

Find out more 

03 JULY: The Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund 

This is a targeted fund of £10 million to support Scotland's performing arts venues. It will help venues who cannot yet reopen to their audiences due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19.

Find out more 

Year round specialist advice 

XpoNorth is continuously updating information and advice to support the sector, sharing knowledge via video, podcast, and blogs whilst also hosting webinars and ‘hangouts’ to answer questions.  

The year round specialist advice service continues as normal and is accessible via the XpoNorth website. 

Businesses can also request a Digital Dashboard to ‘at a glance’ monitor platform activity and inform their digital strategy.

Visit the XpoNorth website 

Closed funds

The below funds have now closed. You may want to check on the status of applications. 

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. The fund closed to applicants on 24 September 2020. You can check application status on the Creative Scotland website.

Bridging Bursary Programme - Screen Scotland

This fund is to support freelance or self-employed screen practitioners working in Scotland’s screen sector (exhibition, distribution, development, production or postproduction for film or television, scripted or unscripted, live-action or animation, talent and skills development, film education) who are experiencing immediate financial difficulty due to the loss of screen sector income in Scotland as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund is now closed. Applications are being processed. 

Find out more 

Guidance for those operating in creative industries

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