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The Hostel COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund has been established to provide financial support for the Scottish based hostel sector.  

About the fund

The £2.3 million fund is being delivered by VisitScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government and has been developed with input from Scottish Independent Hostels, Hostelling Scotland and Independent Hostels UK.  

 The fund is open to proprietors of hostel businesses. They may be a sole trader, a partnership, a company limited by shares or by guarantee, a registered charity, a Scottish limited partnership or any other legal entity recognised under Scots Law.  

The applicant may either own or lease its business premises, but in either case they must be the party which runs the business which is the subject of the application.    

We’re anticipating a high demand for this fund across the sector. Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria along with providing the supporting documentation will receive a grant award of up to £10,000 per eligible hostel.

Application process

Applications are now open until 12pm on Tuesday 2 March 2021.   

Any applications received after this period will not be considered. Applications will not be considered on a first come, first served basis.  

Please refer to the  full guidance document, when completing an application. 

If you require the online form in another format for accessibility reasons, this can be made available upon request.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automatic reply from VisitScotland advising that your application has been received.   

If you do not receive an automatic response advising that your application has been received please contact


Questions about the fund 

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