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Article published 30/04/2020

The Scottish Government has made funding available for tourism, hospitality and creative industry businesses that are experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19 and are not eligible for other sources of support (except UK Job Retention Scheme).

There’s also additional grant funding available for viable Scottish SMEs that are vulnerable as a result of the impact of COVID-19, but are vital to local, regional and national economies. 

Creative, Tourism & Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund

The £20 million Creative, Tourism & Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund for small creative, tourism and hospitality companies not in receipt of other COVID-19 business rates relief and related grant support.

Eligible businesses can apply online through the FindBusinessSupport website and successful applicants can anticipate receiving funds within 10 working days from the receipt of completed applications.

Please be aware the volume of applications going through this site is extremely high and you may have difficulty getting through to the application form at the present time. You may wish to try later. Application assessments will not begin until Monday so please don’t worry if you haven’t yet managed to get through.

The fund aims to support companies in tourism, creative industries and hospitality that are experiencing hardship, because they are ineligible for other COVID-19 Government grant support.

The focus is to help companies manage cashflow commitment for the next three months, and those furloughing staff are still eligible to apply.

Essential eligibility criteria:

  • Companies up to 49 employees
  • Experienced at least a 50% loss of current or projected revenue
  • Not in financial difficulty pre 31 December 2019
  • Companies can-not be in receipt of other COVID-19 government grant support, except Furlough Scheme
  • Not for pre-revenue companies
  • Must have a business bank account

Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund

The £45 million Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund for viable but vulnerable SME firms who are vital to Scotland’s economy.

Eligible businesses can apply online through the FindBusinessSupport website and successful applicants can anticipate receiving funds within 10 working days from the receipt of completed applications.

Please be aware the volume of applications going through this site is extremely high and you may have difficulty getting through to the application form at the present time. You may wish to try later. Application assessments will not begin until Monday so please don’t worry if you haven’t yet managed to get through.

The fund aims to support companies with working capital to help them continue trading or to come out of hibernation and the focus is on firms that are vital to local, regional or national economic prosperity and those who can help to kick start the recovery. 

Essential eligibility criteria:

  • Companies with up to 249 employees that have been trading successfully prior to Covid-19  
  • Less than €50m turnover or balance sheet total of €43m.
  • Can demonstrate the funding will support the business to be viable
  • Not in financial difficulty before 31 December 2019
  • Must have business bank account

Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund

In addition, the Scottish Government has made available a new £34 million Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund for newly self-employed facing hardship through £2,000 grants.

Information and links to Local Authority online applications forms is available through the FindBusinessSupport website and applicants can anticipate receiving funds within 10 working days from the receipt of completed applications.

Open for applications

There is huge demand expected for these fund so please visit the FindBusinessSupport website to check your eligibility as soon as possible.

Please be aware the volume of applications going through this site is extremely high and you may have difficulty getting through to the application form at the present time. You may wish to try later. Application assessments will not begin until Monday so please don’t worry if you haven’t yet managed to get through.