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Please note that this fund is now closed for applications. 

Funding update - March 2022

In December 2021 First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a package worth £375 million in business support to mitigate the impact of public health measures introduced to limit the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. VisitScotland and the EventScotland team is administering payments worth up to £19.8 million to the events industry from this funding.

Eligible businesses, which had previously received support through the Events Industry Support Fund, Events Industry Support Fund 2 or the Pivotal Event Businesses Fund, and who had to cancel or postpone events between 8 December and 31 March, have received top-up payments, while a new events fund – Events Industry Support Fund 3 - has been established for event businesses which have previously not had access to COVID-19 event funding support.

Events Industry Support Fund 3

The Events Industry Support Fund 3 was for businesses in the events industry, which had not previously received event-related COVID-19 business support funding, which were still trading and operating, and which had suffered a financial loss due to the cancellation or restriction of events in Scotland between 8 December 2021 and 31 March 2022 due to the Omicron restrictions.

It was open to the self-employed (through limited company or as a sole trader), partnerships and incorporated businesses. Businesses needed to have a place of business in Scotland or be physically operating in Scotland to deliver or supply to the cancelled or restricted events.

Unsuccessful applications to previous COVID-19 funding for the events sector (Events Industry Support Fund, Events Industry Support Fund 2 and/or the Pivotal Events Businesses Fund) needed to demonstrate a material change in circumstances for an application to this fund to be considered.

The application process

Applications for the Event Industry Support Fund 3 are now closed. 

If you have successfully applied and received the automated confirmation of your application, please note, we will be unable to provide individual progress updates. You will be informed of a decision in due course.

Guidance| Events Industry Support Fund 3

Published March 2022

If you have any queries about the fund, please contact eventsindustrysupportfund3@visitscotland.com.

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