Snowsports centres across Scotland are to share a £3 million funding package to support them through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
£2 million funding was originally announced in December but has now been increased to £3 million. The funding will support snowsports centres that have been forced to close due to level four restrictions to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
Applications to the fund opened on Monday 1 February and will distributed through Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Scottish Enterprise (SE). The agencies will proactively contact each centre that is eligible.
Snowsports centres are critical to Scotland’s rural economy, worth an estimated £30 million and providing over 600 jobs in some of our most remote areas.
I’m pleased to announce an additional £1 million has now been added to make up the £3 million fund. The funding will protect these businesses who are currently losing vast amounts of income due to be being closed as part of the measures taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
All of this is especially difficult given the mountain resorts are seeing some of the best conditions in years so it is key that we inject financial support to make sure these centres are kept from financial ruin and ready to welcome back visitors when the time is right.