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Funding update - January 2022

In January 2022, funding of up to £9 million for tourism was announced by the Scottish Government to mitigate the impact of public health measures introduced to limit the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. 

The money is designed to recognise the economic impact of the steps people were asked to take from early December 2021 and the restrictions in place affecting some sectors since then. 

Businesses which were previously supported by VisitScotland under this Hostel COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund will be contacted directly by email and asked to confirm basic information before payments are made. Once businesses have responded, we will carry out further finance checks before issuing payment. We hope to pay businesses within no more than ten working days of their applying for the funds.

Eligible businesses will receive a top-up payment of £6,800 under the Fund.

The Hostel COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund is now closed for applications. 

The £2.8 million Fund was delivered by VisitScotland, developed with input from Scottish Independent Hostels, Hostelling Scotland and Independent Hostels UK. It was established to provide financial support for the Scottish based hostel sector.  

Following feedback from industry and recognising a funding gap for larger hostels in Scotland, a second strand of the fund was created to support hostels in Scotland with a rateable value above £51,000 who were not eligible for the first strand of funding. The eligibility criteria for both strands of this Fund is set out in the guidance notes

If you have any queries about the Hostel COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund, please contact