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About the fund

The £800,000 COVID-19 Marine and Outdoor Tourism Restart Fund: Round Two is being delivered by VisitScotland, with development input from Sail Scotland and Wild Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government. VisitScotland is the awarding body for this Fund.  

The Fund is intended to provide support to marine and outdoor tourism businesses who have been significantly affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19).   

Round Two is to specifically support Scottish-based businesses in the marine and outdoor tourism sector that have faced hardship due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and to help keep them in business as they recommence operations. 

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. Businesses may only apply to one strand.  

The two strands are: 

1. Marine & Boating Tourism Operators 
2. Outdoor Wildlife, Adventure & Activity Sector Tourism Businesses 

This money is part of the original £104.3 million Scottish Government funding package – no new money has been provided for funding. 

Who can apply?

This Fund is aimed at responsible tourism operators in Scotland who provide a sustainable outdoor related activity to visitors on land, in the air or in the marine environment.  

This will encompass a broad span of activity types from wildlife watching to charter, day boat trips, sailing holidays, bushcraft and survival, and activities such as canoeing, mountaineering, hot air ballooning and paragliding.  

Take a look at the full criteria guidance document for more information on who can apply. 

Guidance document | COVID-19 Marine and Outdoor Tourism Restart Fund: Round Two

Published August 2021

Eligibility criteria for round two of the Fund

If a business applied for and was successful in Round One of this Fund, it will not be eligible for additional funding under Round Two.  

Businesses who applied to Round One but were rejected because they did not meet the eligibility criteria for Round One can apply for Round Two if they meet the eligibility criteria set out in the guidance document. These businesses will need to submit a new application to be considered for Round Two. 

Businesses can only be successful and receive a grant award from one of the funds announced by the Scottish Government on or since 15 December 2020, regardless of the body who is administering the fund. The tourism announcement was made by the Scottish Government on 21 December 2020.  

What are the key changes for Round Two of the Fund?

  • Applicants must meet the criteria of a 40% minimum annual turnover related to tourism activity, and these activities must be undertaken in Scotland. 

  • Addition of certain airborne activities. The full list of eligible activities can be found in the guidance document. 

What is the application process?

Applications for Round Two of the Fund are now open until 5pm on Wednesday 29 September. Please have a copy of the guidance nearby so you can refer to it when completing your application.

If you have any queries about the Fund, please contact Marine&OutdoorFundEnquiries@visitscotland.com.

The Marine and Outdoor Tourism Restart Fund | Background

In February, we launched the £4 million Marine and Outdoor Tourism Restart Fund with grants of up to £15,000 per company for responsible tourism operators providing sustainable outdoor-related activity to visitors on land and in the marine environment. The Fund was developed in collaboration with sector bodies Wild Scotland and Sail Scotland. 

Round One of the Fund was open for applications between 2 February – 9 February 2021 to operators in Scotland whose turnover in 2019/20 from tourism activity was more than 75% of their total turnover.  

Following feedback from industry and recognising a funding gap for marine and outdoor operators, Round Two has been created to support marine and outdoor tourism operators in Scotland who meet the eligibility criteria set out in the guidance document. 

The Marine and Outdoor Tourism Restart Fund: Round One

The Marine and Outdoor Tourism Restart Fund: Round One is now closed for applications.  

If you have any queries about the Fund or your application please contact Marine&OutdoorFundEnquiries@visitscotland.com.

Find out more about funding opportunities in our funding section.