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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 Visitor Attractions Support 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.

Visitor Attractions Support Fund

The Visitor Attractions Support Fund is now closed for applications. 

If you have any queries about the Visitor Attractions Support Fund, please contact grantawards@visitscotland.com.

About the fund

The £10 million fund is being delivered by VisitScotland on behalf of Scottish Government and was developed with input from the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA).

The COVID-19 lockdown, travel guidance and current social distancing measures continue to place visitor attractions under considerable financial strain. The purpose of this fund is to help keep visitor attractions in business while the restrictions remain in place. Visitor attractions play an important role in both the tourism industry and in local communities in Scotland.  

This fund was open to visitor attractions who meet the definition of a ‘visitor attraction’ as set out within the guidance notes, and who had an annual turnover in excess of £10,000. Please note, not all applicants who applied will be successful, and those who are may not receive the full amount requested.

Find out more about funding opportunities in our funding section.