COVID 19 - Funding Information and Support

We are aware that this is a very challenging time for individuals and businesses and COVID-19 is having a significant impact. We will regularly update this page with funding opportunities and support available.

We are available Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm. You can contact us by emailing and we will reply as soon as possible.

Coronavirus Financial Support for Self Employed

Please view our dedicated page for self-employed funding and support information.

Coronavirus Financial Support for Businesses

The UK Government has created a tool to help find what support is available to businesses. Coronavirus (COVID-19) support is available to employers and the self-employed. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants. Find financial support for your business. 

See below for details of current funding opportunities.

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has unveiled new measures to protect jobs as part of the government’s ‘winter economy plan’.

Furlough, which comes to an end in October will be replaced with the Job Support Scheme from 1 November.

Under the scheme, which will run for six months, the government will contribute towards the wages of employees who are working fewer than normal hours due to decreased demand, and employers will continue to pay the wages of staff for the hours they work. For the hours not worked, the government and the employer will each pay one-third of their equivalent salary.

Employees must be working at least 33% of their usual hours. The level of grant will be calculated based on the employee’s usual salary, capped at £697.92 per month.

The Job Support Scheme will be open to businesses across the UK even if they have not previously used the furlough scheme, with further guidance being published in due course.

Read more details on this announcement.

The Kickstart Scheme is a new £2 billion fund to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment.

Funding is available for each job will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

Funding is available following a successful application process. Applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. If you are unable to offer this many job placements, you can partner with other organisations to reach the minimum number.

Businesses can submit an application via the UK Government website.

The ISCF Transforming foundation industries: Building a resilient recovery fund is an £8 million fund providing grant funding for projects supporting recovery and growth of the UK’s foundation industries.

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund will work with Innovate UK to invest in innovation projects.

These aim to catalyse innovation to support fast recovery and growth from Covid-19 through innovations that improve productivity and sustainability of the UK’s foundation industries (cement, glass, ceramics, paper, metals and bulk chemicals).

Your proposal must help the UK’s foundation industries remain globally competitive and become more environmentally sustainable.

Your proposal must focus on resource or energy efficiency opportunities through the development of:

  • Long-term viability of domestic supply chains
  • New markets
  • New business models
  • New products and services
  • New processes

Your project must not focus on fuel switching or technologies for the capture of emissions, such as carbon capture and storage.

Your project must:

  • Have total eligible costs between £100,000 and £1million
  • Last between 3 and 12 months
  • Start by 1 April 2021

To lead a project your UK registered organisation:

  • Must be either a business of any size or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • Must carry out its project work in the UK
  • Must intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

The competition is open now, and the deadline for applications is 11am on 4 November 2020.

Find out more about this fund, including detailed eligibility criteria and how to apply.

The Museums Resilience and Recovery Fund is a £4m fund to provide support for Scotland’s museums and galleries. The fund will aid the return of staff from furlough and the wider reopening of museums and galleries.

The new Museums Resilience and Recovery Fund will be administered by Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS). MGS will target support to museums in communities where closure would have a heightened impact because of a lack of alternative cultural attractions nearby.

The fund will open to applications on 17 August 2020 and MGS will accept applications on a rolling basis until the fund closes at 5pm on Friday 30 October.

Find out more and apply.

The Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund is a £15 million fund to support organisations that provide opportunities for cultural engagement and who have been unable to trade due to the impact of Covid-19. Applicants can apply for between £10k and £150k, and up to £250k on an exceptional basis.

It includes both organisations who provide opportunities for audience engagement (such as galleries, performing arts spaces, commercial theatres, comedy clubs and nightclubs) as well as those that enable and deliver cultural activity (such as production facilities, music and dance companies).

The fund is open to applications now via Creative Scotland’s online application portal. Deadline for applications is Thursday 24 September 2020 at 12 noon.

The Independent Cinema Recovery and Resilience Fund is a £3.5million fund to help secure the survival of Scotland’s independent cinemas, enabling them to re-establish and adjust their business models in response to Covid-19.

The financial support will cover a proportion of venue fixed costs until end of March 2021.

You can apply for eligible costs to address the financial gap between income and expenditure, enabling you to operate at break-even. This fund is not a replacement for all lost income.

Applications are now open via Screen Scotland’s online application portal.

The application deadline is 12 noon on Monday 5 October 2020.

VAT registered businesses can apply a temporary 5% reduced rate of VAT to certain supplies relating to hospitality, hotel and holiday accommodation and admissions to certain attractions.

The temporary reduced rate will apply to supplies that are made between 15 July 2020 and 12 January 2021.


If you supply food and non-alcoholic beverages for consumption on your premises, for example, a restaurant, café or pub, you’re currently required to charge VAT at the standard rate of 20%. However, when you make these supplies between 15 July 2020 and 12 January 2021 you will only need to charge 5%. You will also be able to charge the reduced rate of VAT on your supplies of hot takeaway food and hot takeaway non-alcoholic drinks.

Hotel and holiday accommodation

You will benefit from the temporary reduced rate if you:

  • supply sleeping accommodation in a hotel or similar establishment
  • make certain supplies of holiday accommodation
  • charge fees for caravan pitches and associated facilities
  • charge fees for tent pitches or camping facilities

Admission to certain attractions

If you charge a fee for admission to certain attractions where the supplies are currently standard rated, you will only need to charge the reduced rate of VAT between 15 July 2020 and 12 January 2021. However, if the fee you charge for admission is currently exempt that will take precedence and your supplies will not qualify for the reduced rate.

Find out more.

Grant support is available to help business deal with the impact of COVID-19.  The purpose of these grants is to help protect jobs, prevent business closure and promote economic recovery.

The Business Support Grant Fund offers:

Small Business Support Grant
For small businesses in receipt of Small Business Bonus Scheme relief or Rural Relief on 17 March 2020.

Retail, Hospitality, Leisure Support Grant
For retail, hospitality and leisure business ratepayers with a rateable value between £18,001 and up to and including £500,000.

The Small Business Support Grant and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Support Grant closed to new applications on 10 July. If you have applied, but the council have asked for further information, you must send this before 5pm on Friday 31 July 2020

If you applied, but were turned down, you can ask the council for a review. You must do this before 5pm on Friday 31 July 2020, otherwise your case will not be reviewed.

Tenants or occupiers of shared premises
From 8 June 2020, tenants or occupiers of premises such as shared office spaces, business incubators and shared industrial units for which the landlord is the registered ratepayer may be eligible for a single, one-off £10,000 small business grant.

Eligibility for such small businesses is subject to detailed verification criteria but irrespective of the use or rateable value of the property. A tenant/occupier may only receive a single grant.

Apply to the Business Support Fund (Tenants and Occupiers only).

UPDATE: Due to an overwhelming level of demand, applications to this fund were paused on 17 July to allow Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) to review the applications received so far.

The Scottish Government has confirmed further funding of £330,000 towards the Childminding Workforce Support Fund to enable a second phase of this fund to open. Details to be announced in due course.

The Childminding Workforce Support Fund is a £60k fund providing grant funding for childminders experiencing financial strain due to COVID-19.

Small grants of up to £350 will be available to childminders experiencing financial hardship.

The fund is open to all active registered childminders in Scotland who meet the eligibility criteria (please note that registered childminders who may be temporarily inactive due to COVID-19 are also eligible).

Priority will be given to applicants who can demonstrate that they are ineligible, or have reduced eligibility, for other external sources of financial support.

Applications will also be considered from:

  • Childminders experiencing severe financial hardship due to delays in other payments
  • Childminders experiencing hardship while working to re-establish their business operations

More information can be found via the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) website.

The Transitional Support Fund is an £11.2m fund providing grant support to help childcare providers with the cost of safely reopening.

The Transitional Support Fund will help childcare providers in the private and third sectors, including out-of-school care providers, meet extra costs incurred to comply with public health guidance in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The grants are expected to help with costs for:

  • increased cleaning
  • investment in additional equipment and developing outdoor space to enable more outdoor learning
  • adaptations to support the physical distancing of adults, such as changes to entrance and exit areas and additional signage

Grants will be available to all private and third sector childcare providers, not just those delivering funded early learning and childcare.

Grant amounts will vary according to the size of the childcare setting and will be based on Care Inspectorate registered capacity.

The Transitional Support Fund will open for applications by the end of August 2020. The last date for submitting a grant application will be Friday 9 October. The Fund will be administered by local authorities.

Find out more.

£330k fund which provides museums with up to £7,500 (£10,000 for partnerships) to purchase equipment and training that will enable them to reopen safely and in accordance with restrictions due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

  • This fund is designed to support museums with the costs of opening back up in a way that ensures the safety and confidence of staff, volunteers and visitors while restrictions are still in place due to COVID-19.
  • The fund will support costs of essential adaptations, equipment and training including PPE, screens and barriers and signage. Further examples can be found via the Museums Galleries Scotland website.
  • Any organisation that runs an Accredited museum in Scotland can apply for up to £7,500
  • Non accredited museums in Scotland can apply for up to £1,500 but must demonstrate that they meet criteria that can be found on the Museums Galleries Scotland website.
  • Partnership applications from forums and other groupings of museums that wish to explore consortium buying will also be considered up to the value of £10,000.

The fund will operate on a rolling basis until all funding has been distributed.

In total there is £330,000 available for distribution, £63,000 of which is from the Art Fund to support Scottish Museums.

Please note that any funds awarded should be spent within 6 months of the date that they were awarded.

Further information on eligibility and how to apply can be found via the Museums Galleries Scotland website.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is open now. If you cannot maintain your current workforce because your operations have been severely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), you can furlough employees and apply for a grant that covers 80% of their usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and pension contributions (up to the level of the minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contribution) on that subsidised furlough pay.

Update – 29 May: From 1 July, employers can bring back to work employees that have previously been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim CJRS grant for their normal hours not worked. When claiming the CJRS grant for furloughed hours employers will need to report and claim for a minimum period of a week.

The scheme will close to new entrants from 30 June. From this point onwards, employers will only be able to furlough employees that they have furloughed for a full 3 week period prior to 30 June. This means that the final date by which an employer can furlough an employee for the first time will be 10 June, in order for the current 3 week furlough period to be completed by 30 June. Employers will have until 31 July to make any claims in respect of the period to 30 June.

June and July: The government will pay 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500 as well as employer National Insurance (ER NICS) and pension contributions. Employers are not required to pay anything.

August: The government will pay 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500. Employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions – for the average claim, this represents 5% of the gross employment costs the employer would have incurred had the employee not been furloughed.

September: The government will pay 70% of wages up to a cap of £2,187.50. Employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions and 10% of wages to make up 80% total up to a cap of £2,500. For the average claim, this represents 14% of the gross employment costs the employer would have incurred had the employee not been furloughed.

October: The government will pay 60% of wages up to a cap of £1,875. Employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions and 20% of wages to make up 80% total up to a cap of £2,500. For the average claim, this represents 23% of the gross employment costs the employer would have incurred had the employee not been furloughed.

See the guidance document about which employees you can put on furlough and claim for.

Guidance is available on calculating 80% of your employees’ wages, deciding the length of your claim period as well as information about amending claims and what to do if too much is claimed from the scheme.

Find out more about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme opened on 26 May. Businesses with fewer than 250 employees can apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying COVID-19-related Statutory Sick Pay.

The repayment will cover up to two weeks of SSP, and is payable if an employee is unable to work because they:

  • have coronavirus; or
  • are self-isolating and unable to work from home; or
  • are shielding because they’ve been advised that they’re at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus

If you use an agent who is authorised to do PAYE online for you, they will be able to claim on your behalf. Employers who are unable to claim online should have received a letter on an alternative way to claim. Contact HMRC if you have not received a letter and are unable to make any eligible claims online.

Find out more about the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme and how to apply.

Update: From 26 May, the maximum loan size available under the scheme will increase from £50m to £200m up to 25% of turnover, so that some larger firms which do not qualify for the Bank of England’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility will be better able to access enough finance to meet their cashflow needs during the outbreak. Companies receiving help of over £50 million through CLBILS on terms of more than 12 months must agree certain restrictions, including not paying dividends and exercising restraint on senior management pay.

This scheme will be open on Monday 20 April. British Business Bank will operate the CLBILS via its accredited lenders. A lender can provide:

  • Up to £25 million to businesses with a turnover from £45 million to £250 million
  • Up to £50 million to businesses with a turnover of over £250 million

Not every accredited lender can provide every type of finance available under CLBILS, and the amount of finance offered varies between lenders. Please see the lenders’ websites for more information on the amounts they are able to offer.

Apply for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and find a lender.

Update: The VAT payment deferral period ends on 30 June 2020. This means you’ll need to:

  • Set-up cancelled direct debits in enough time for HMRC to take payment
  • Submit VAT returns as normal, and on time
  • Pay the VAT in full on payments due after 30 June

Any VAT payments deferred between 20 March and 30 June should be paid in full on or before 31 March 2021. You can make additional payments with subsequent returns.

Contact HMRC if you are unable to pay the VAT due and may need time to pay as soon as possible and before the payment is due.

If you’re a UK VAT registered business and have a VAT payment due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020, you have the option to:

  • Defer your VAT payment
  • Pay the VAT due as normal

HMRC will not charge interest or penalties on any amount deferred as a result of the Chancellor’s announcement.

You can only defer:

  • Quarterly and monthly VAT returns’ payments for the periods ending February, March and April
  • Payments on account due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020
  • Annual accounting advance payments due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020

You can apply online via the UK Government website to move to monthly returns to improve your cash flow if you’re in a repayment position. You still need to submit your VAT returns on time.

Trade Credit Insurance, which provides essential cover to business-to-business transactions, will receive up to £10 billion of UK Government guarantees.

The Trade Credit Reinsurance scheme, which has been agreed following extensive discussions with the insurance sector, will see the vast majority of Trade Credit Insurance coverage maintained across the UK. The guarantees will support supply chains and help businesses to trade with confidence knowing that they will be protected if a customer defaults or delays on payment.

The scheme is available on a temporary basis for nine months, backdated to 1 April 2020, and running until 31 December 2020, with the potential for extension if required. The scheme will be delivered through a reinsurance agreement that is open to all insurers currently operating in the UK market, covering both domestic and overseas trade with payment terms of up to 2 years

Implementation of the scheme is subject to state aid approval, agreement of full form documentation with insurers and acceptance of applications from insurers for participation

Further information can be found via the News section of the UK Government website.

The COVID Working Capital Loan provides Scottish SMEs with a loan to help fund working capital and cashflow needs. Eligible businesses may be able to borrow between £25,000 and £100,000, or up to £250,000 in exceptional circumstances.

All borrowers will be given an initial 3-month capital and interest holiday, with interest fixed at 6% thereafter.

Businesses must be able to prove they were not previously in financial difficulty, were financially viable at 31st December 2019 and demonstrate that with the support of a COVID Working Capital Loan they can trade through this pandemic.

Businesses should have tried to access the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) or Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) available from the UK Government before applying to Business Loans Scotland for a COVID Working Capital Loan. Current or previous borrowers from Business Loans Scotland, as well as those businesses which have successfully applied to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) or the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) are also eligible to apply.

Applications can be made through the Business Loans Scotland website until 31 December 2020.

The Bounce Back Loan scheme will help small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and up to 25% of a business’ turnover. The maximum loan amount is £50,000.

The government will guarantee 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months.

Loan terms will be up to 6 years. No repayments will be due during the first 12 months. The government will work with lenders to agree a low rate of interest for the remaining period of the loan.

If you’ve already received a loan of up to £50,000 under CBILS and would like to transfer it into the Bounce Back Loan scheme, you can arrange this with your lender until 4 November 2020.

Apply for the Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan Scheme and find a lender.

The Bounce Back Loan scheme launched on 4 May 2020.

The Future Fund is a £250m fund which issues convertible loans to innovative UK companies with good potential, which typically rely on equity investment and are currently affected by Covid-19. Loans range from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors.

The application process is investor-led. This means an investor, or lead investor of a group of investors, applies in connection with an eligible company.

The Future Fund Portal opened for applications on Wednesday 20 May and is open for applications until 30 September 2020.

Find out more.

The Creative Freelancer Hardship Fund is a £5 million fund to address the current financial hardship being felt by creative freelancers who normally work in the culture sector, but whose work has been impacted by Covid-19.

It is anticipated that this fund will open for applications early October.

The Sustainable Innovation Fund is a £10 million fund providing grants for new research and development projects focusing on sustainable economic recovery from COVID-19. This funding is from Innovate UK.

The aim of this competition is to help all sectors of the UK rebuild after the effects of COVID-19.

This competition is round 3 of 3.

There is no minimum or maximum limit on your total project costs. Each funded partner can claim up to 80% of their eligible project costs, up to a maximum of £175,000.

Applications are now open and the competition closes Wednesday 30 September 2020 at 11am

Further information including detailed eligibility criteria and how to apply can be accessed via the UK Government website.

Up to £90 million is available in continuity grants, paid upfront, to SMEs and third sector organisations who are existing Innovate UK award holders and who are at risk of abandoning their project due to a sudden shortage or even unavailability of funds directly related to COVID-19.

Continuity grants are available to eligible SMEs from now until 29 May 2020.

Continuity loan applications are now open and will remain open until all the money is allocated or 31 December 2020 – whichever is earlier.

Further details and guidance will be sent to existing Innovate UK customers.

Find out more.

The UK Government has announced £750m worth of grants and loans for R&D focused SMEs. Innovate UK, the national innovation agency, will accelerate up to £200 million of grant and loan payments for its 2,500 existing Innovate UK customers on an opt-in basis.

£550 million will also be made available to increase support for existing customers. £175,000 of support will be offered to around 1,200 firms not currently in receipt of Innovate UK funding.

Find out more.

The Scotland Asia Partnerships Higher Education Research (SAPHIRE) Fund is a new £45,000 fund which invites Scottish universities to bid for funds to improve and grow existing joint research projects within three major Asian countries: India, Japan and Pakistan.

The fund will support research related to recovery from COVID-19 under five core subjects – clean and sustainable water supply; renewable energy; life sciences; data-driven innovation such as artificial intelligence; and innovative technology, including sustainable industrialisation.

Each award will be in the region £5000 to £10,000 per project.

For more information on how to apply, and to access the relevant forms and guidance, please contact the RSE Awards Team.

Application deadline is 1 October 2020 at 12 noon.

The Sustaining Creative Practice Fund is a £5 million fund which supports artists to continue developing new creative work that will make a significant contribution to Scotland’s recovery from Covid-19.

This includes £1.5 million for the Culture Collective programme, mentioned in the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government, supporting organisations employing freelance artists to work in and with communities across Scotland. The remaining £3.5m will be added to Creative Scotland’s existing open fund which is open for applications from individuals now.

More information on eligibility and how to apply to the Open Fund can be accessed via the Creative Scotland website.

This fund aims to enable creative organisations  to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances.

Funding for Individuals – Freelance and self-employed artists and creative practitioners in Scotland can apply for projects supporting the development of their practice.

Funding for Organisations – Organisations and groups based in Scotland whose work or project involves the arts, screen and creative industries.

Find out more about this fund.

The Community & Third Sector Recovery Programme is a £25 million programme providing specialist advice and financial support (grants and loans).

The aim is to help organisations to adapt and change so they can re-open and operate sustainably post-COVID whilst continuing to have a positive impact on people and communities.

This programme will have two strands, the Adapt & Thrive Programme and the Communities Recovery Fund.

The Adapt & Thrive Programme aims to support organisational change. Working with an advisor, organisations will be supported to develop a plan so they can operate sustainably post-COVID. Funding to implement the plan is also available in the form of grants (£5,000 – £25,000) and flexible 0% interest loans (from £25,000 to £250,000). In some cases, a blended approach of both grant and loan may be recommended. When this is the case, the minimum loan ‘portion’ that can be offered is £25,000.

The Adapt & Thrive Programme will run until March 2021.

The Communities Recovery Fund aims to support the delivery of services in communities that were suspended or reduced because of COVID, or the creation of new services that tackle new challenges presented by COVID. This fund will offer grant support of between £5,000 – £25,000 to implement changes to facilities, services and activities and up to £75,000 for partnership applications.

Applications for both funds are open now. Find out more.

In some cases, there will be an overlap and organisations may wish to access both Adapt and Thrive and Communities Recovery programmes. The single online application form covers both of these funds meaning the applicant can request support from both programmes and will be prompted to complete all relevant questions.

This means that, while an organisation’s request will be assessed separately by each strand, the organisation only needs to complete one form and its request can be assessed simultaneously. To receive support from both, an organisation will need to meet all relevant criteria for each programme.

This fund is to support organisations to continue their operations in the ‘new normal’, to re-establish or re-design their activities to comply with new regulations in addition to providing emergency support for those who need it most.

The funding is to support constituted community groups and charities that are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in their local community with grants of between £1,000 and £5,000. Only constituted groups, with a governing document, can apply. Organisations must have an income of less than £250,000 to apply to this fund.

This fund cannot support the loss of income. Organisations seeking funding to assist with loss of income or support ongoing salary costs please visit the SCVO website for details on the Third Sector Resilience Fund and Supporting Communities Fund.

Application forms, fund guidance and FAQ’s can be accessed via the Foundation Scotland website.

Aquaculture businesses affected by the collapse of international markets due to the coronavirus pandemic can apply to cover the costs of storing unsold stock

To be eligible you must be an Aquaculture Enterprise, broadly defined as a business practicing the farming of fish, crustaceans, molluscs, aquatic plants, algae, and other organisms.

The eligible costs you can apply for are the additional storage costs occurring between 1 February and 31 December 2020 as a consequence of the COVID‐19 outbreak.  These are expected to be the cost of refrigeration/freezing and transport. Other costs will be considered on a case by case basis.

Further details including application guidance and how to apply can be found via the Scottish Government website.

Before you make an Application please contact with brief details so your interest can be registered.

The Youth Arts Fund is a £3 million fund to ensure creative opportunities for children and young people continue to exist across Scotland despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

The fund will include targeted and open funding to youth music and wider youth arts organisations, a scheme to devolve grants locally to artists who work with young people and small grants delivered directly to young people to support them fulfil their creative ambitions.

This fund will be distributed by the following routes:

  • A £1.05 million Targeted Fund. The purpose of this fund is to offer strategic youth music and wider youth arts organisations targeted funding to support infrastructure and project delivery. 20 targeted national and regional arts organisations, who have an established track record and existing relationships with freelancers working with the fund’s priority groups, will be invited to apply.
  • An open Access Fund of at least £1.2m, designed to support an increased range of music-making projects, as well as introducing projects which deliver across wider art-form areas. This fund is now open to applications. Deadline for Applications is Thursday 12 November 2020.
  • A £700,000 Small Grants Scheme which will be open to organisations and local authorities and will provide funding directly to freelance artists to undertake artist led youth arts activities within communities. Full details will be announced on Thursday 24 September.
  • A £50k boost to the Nurturing Talent Fund to provide opportunities to young, emerging artists who are entering a challenging funding environment.

The Scottish Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare Fund is a £2.6m support fund for zoos and aquariums.

If you run a zoo or aquarium in Scotland and are experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, you may be able to apply for a 0% unsecured loan or grant of up to £100,000 to pay for three months of animal care costs.

Loans are the primary support mechanism and will be made available to any zoo or aquarium that meets the criteria. Grants will only be available when loan support would not be viable. This is considered to be the case where a zoo or aquarium has 12 weeks or less operating costs remaining, including any loan or overdraft facilities.

Find out more via the Scottish Government website.

Applications are now open. Call 0300 244 9999 to request an application pack, or email