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Scotland Tour Operators Fund

On behalf of the Scottish Government we’ve widened the scope of the Scotland Inbound Tour Operators – COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund criteria and introduced a new fund - the Scotland Day Tour Operators – COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund to support more Scottish based businesses in the tour operator sector critical to Scotland’s tourism economy. 

About the funds

The £15 million fund is being delivered by VisitScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government and has been developed with input from the Scottish Tourism Alliance, the Scottish Destination Management Association, the Scottish Incoming Golf Tour Operators Association, UK Inbound and the Scottish Independent Tour Operators Association. 

Due to the complexity and breadth of businesses within the sector, a two-strand approach to grant funding is necessary to meet the needs of the sector.  

The two strands are: 

  • Scotland Inbound Tour Operators - COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund  
  • Scotland Day Tour Operators - COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund

Application process and preparation

To make the process as easy as possible for businesses who’ve already submitted an EOI for the Scotland Inbound Tour Operators – COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund and for those who will now be eligible to apply for this funding due to the extended criteria and second funding strand, we’ve created two application processes as part of the overall Tour Operators fund. 

Please review the full guidance document for the funding strand you wish to apply for. This includes eligibility criteria to establish whether your business is eligible to apply.  

The Scotland Inbound Tour Operators - COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund criteria is currently being reviewed in line with industry feedback. As a result the guidance document has been removed and the revised version will be available early next week prior to applications going live. Applications for this fund will now be open from 12pm on Thursday 4 March 2021 until 5pm on Thursday 18 March 2021.

Applications for the Scotland Day Tour Operators - COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund will be open from 12pm on Thursday 4 March 2021 until 5pm on Thursday 11 March 2021. 

Applications must be submitted during this time period and will not be considered on a first come first served basis. 

Once applications go live and you’ve submitted your application for one of these funds, you’ll 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 inboundtouroperators@visitscotland.com.

Questions about the fund

If you have any queries about the funds, please contact  inboundtouroperators@visitscotland.com.