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Article published 27/01/2022

Funding support for businesses

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced a total package worth £375 million in business support. This money is being committed to mitigate the impact of public health measures introduced to limit the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

Funding administered by VisitScotland

We are administering payments worth up to £28.8 million to the tourism and events industry as part of a multi-million-pound funding package for businesses impacted by the spread of the Omicron variant.

The funding includes up to £9 million for tourism and £19.8 million for events that we will distribute.

The money is designed to recognise the economic impact of the steps people have been asked to take from early December and the restrictions in place affecting some sectors since then. 

We're working to ensure the funding goes to businesses in the quickest way possible.

Tourism top-up funding

The  £9 million COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Tourism Fund package for tourism includes £6 million from the £375 million in business support that was previously announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and £3 million that has been repurposed from Phase 1 of the Tourism Recovery Programme.

Following discussions with Scottish Government and the Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group (STERG), it has been decided that the following sectors, previously supported by funds we administered, will be eligible for top-up grants:

Businesses which were previously supported by VisitScotland under coach operators, day tour operators, hostels and inbound tour operators have been contacted directly by email and asked to confirm basic information before payments are made. We hope to pay businesses within no more than 10 working days of their applying for the funds.

Eligible businesses will receive a top-up payment of £6,800 under the COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity (Tourism) Fund.

We are committed to ensuring it is as simple as possible for businesses, operators and event organisers, to access the money.

We are preparing the funds for marine and outdoor and visitor attractions.

Events top-up funding

On the 3 January, it was announced that part of the 19.8 million events funding package will go towards events businesses impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions put in place in December last year.

Eligible businesses, which have previously received support through the Event Industry Support Funds or the Pivotal Event Businesses Fund, will receive top-up payments through the Omicron top up funding for events businesses and will be contacted on Friday 28 January. There will be no application process.

Our EventScotland team continues working with the Scottish Government and the Event Industry Advisory Group to determine the best way of distributing the remaining funding to support to those event businesses continuing to experience cancellation or postponements in February and March, or who may have previously not had access to COVID-19 event funding support. 

Read our events funding news story for more information on eligibility and criteria.

Funding administered by our partners

Further information on other funds, including for hospitality and leisure, creative freelancers, wedding industry, and food and drink supply chain businesses, is available on the Find Business Support website.