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Article published 10/09/2020

On Friday 28 August Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced £59 million emergency funding for culture and heritage to address the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including £31.5 million for culture.

CreativeScotland is now launching the guidance for one aspect of this support – the Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund.


Who can apply for this fund?

This fund is looking for applications from organisations that are most critical to the cultural life of Scotland and whose existence is threatened by COVID-19 restrictions. It includes both organisations that provide opportunities for audiences (including, but not limited to: galleries, commercial theatres, performing arts spaces, festivals, comedy clubs and nightclubs) as well as those that enable and deliver cultural activity (including, but not limited to: production facilities, music and dance companies).

Organisations need to have been working in Scotland’s culture sector before April 2019, and at significant threat of insolvency as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.

This fund has specific exclusions which can be reviewed at their guidance for applicants on


What do you need to apply?

If your application is eligible then you will be asked to demonstrate:

  • Your organisation’s impact on the cultural life of Scotland
  • That your organisation was financially viable before COVID-19
  • That funding is required to prevent insolvency or job losses



Timings and key dates

Thursday 10 September 2020

Publication of fund guidance and application questions and required additional information

Thursday 17 September 2020 at 12 noon

Online application portal goes live

Thursday 24 September 2020 at 12 noon

Deadline for applications

September and October 2020

Assessments will take place

Early November 2020

Applicants will be informed of decisions


You can find out more information on this fund and how to apply at