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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 has been established to provide financial support for Scottish based businesses in the coach operators sector critical to Scotland’s tourism economy.  

About the fund

Following feedback from industry and recognising a funding gap for coach operators with a lower percentage of turnover from coach tourism/private coach hire, the Scotland Coach Operators – COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund – Strand Two has now been created to support Scottish based businesses in the coach tourism and coach private hire sector whose turnover in 19/20 from coach tourism/private coach hire was more than 40% of their total turnover. 

The Fund has been designed to support businseses 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.

Application process

Applications for Strand Two of the Fund are now open until 5pm on Wednesday 30 June 2021. Any applications received after this period will not be considered. Applications will not be assessed on a first come, first served basis. 

Please view the fund guidelines for full eligibility criteria before applying.

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.

 

Strand One

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

Strand One of the Fund was open for applications between 16 February – 23 February 2021 to support coach operators in Scotland whose turnover in 19/20 from coach tourism/private coach hire was more than 55% of their total turnover.

Following feedback from industry and recognising a funding gap for coach operators with a lower percentage of turnover from coach tourism/private coach hire, Strand Two of the Fund has now been 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.