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COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity (Tourism) top-up fund

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 was designed to recognise the economic impact of the steps people were asked to take and the loss of revenue specifically between 8 December 2021 and 21 January 2022.

Businesses which were previously supported by VisitScotland under this Hostel COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund were contacted directly by email and asked to confirm basic information before payments were made. This process has now closed and eligible businesses will receive a top-up payment of £6,800 under the Fund.

About 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

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