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Scotland Coach Operators – COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund | Strand Two

The Scotland Coach Operators – COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund – Strand Two was established to provide financial support for Scottish based businesses in the coach operator sector critical to Scotland’s tourism economy and for businesses who didn’t meet the criteria for the previous coaches fund. 

About the fund

Please note that applications for the Scotland Coach Operators – COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund – Strand One  and Strand Two are now closed. 

Strand One supported coach operators in Scotland whose turnover in 19/20 from coach tourism/private coach hire was more than 55% of their total turnover.

Strand Two was created to support coach operators in Scotland whose turnover in 19/20 from coach tourism/private coach hire was more than 40% of their total turnover. 

The Fund was designed to support businesses that are facing hardship due to the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to keep them in business while restrictions on travel are still in place, and to support them to prepare for recommencing operations when restrictions are lifted. It will provide targeted support to those businesses who are operating the newest and most environmentally friendly vehicle fleet.

The total budget for Strand Two of the Fund is £1.6 million - part of the £104.3 million Scottish Government package announced at the end of last year. The Fund is being delivered on behalf of the Scottish Government by VisitScotland, with development input from the Confederation of Passenger Transport. VisitScotland is the awarding body for this Fund.   

The amount awarded to each applicant will be determined by the eligibility criteria and supporting information provided as set out within the guidance notes.

Questions about the fund

If you have any queries about the Scotland Coach Operators – COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund – Strand Two application or process, please contact coachoperatorsstrandtwo@visitscotland.com.

Find out more about funding opportunities in our funding section.