Scottish Government Emergency Funds Update
Publication of Funding Guidance for £5million Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers
Applications invited from: 12noon, Monday 26 October 2020
Funding Guidance for the Scottish Government’s £5million Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers through Creative Scotland has been published today and is available to access on the Creative Scotland website.
Applications are invited from 12noon, Monday 26 October to creative freelancers working in the arts and creative sector who are experiencing immediate financial hardship due to the loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Specifically, the fund is open to:
The one-off awards of between £500 and £2000 will be delivered through a range of partners who are operating existing hardship funds, alongside direct support from Creative Scotland for eligible freelancers whose roles are not supported by external funds. The external partners are: BECTU, Crafts Council & Craft Scotland, Help Musicians, Society of Authors and Visual Arts Scotland.
Awards are non-competitive and will be administered through a simple and speedy process. Applications will open through our online portal from 12 noon on Monday 26 October 2020. All applicants will register on the Creative Scotland site before being channelled to the relevant funding partner to complete their application.
The Hardship Fund has no formal deadline and will remain open until funds have been allocated. It is anticipated that applications will be paused before the fund has been fully allocated to allow those who may need additional support to apply, to access the fund.
We aim to ensure that all eligible recipients will receive money in their account within 4 weeks of submission of a request.
The Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers is one of a series of Scottish Government emergency funds for creativity and culture being administered through Creative Scotland.
These funds have been put in place to help mitigate the immediate impacts of COVID-19 on the creative and cultural sector. There are five new emergency funds which were announced by the First Minister on Friday 28 August and which are being delivered through Creative Scotland as follows:
Previously announced funds from the Scottish Government are:
Updates on all emergency funds are being published regularly on the Creative Scotland website and publicised through media and social media communications.
Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and The National Lottery. www.creativescotland.com
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