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Scottish Government emergency funding – Sept 2020

Following the announcement by Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, on Friday 28 August of £59m emergency funding for culture and heritage to address the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, including £31.5m for culture, Creative Scotland today (3 September 2020) published initial details regarding the 5 emergency funds to be delivered over the coming weeks.

You can follow the link at the foot of this article for further information on the following funds:

  • Culture Organisations & Venues Recovery Fund – £15m
  • Creative Freelancer Hardship Fund – £5m
  • Sustaining Creative Practice Fund – £5m
  • Youth Arts Fund – £3m
  • Independent Cinema Recovery & Resilience Fund – £3.5m

Key takeaways from the press release include:

Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund
Eligibility criteria & guidelines for applying are in development, to be published on Thursday 10 September. Fund will open for applications on Thursday 17 September and awards will be made by the first week in November.

Creative Freelancer Hardship Fund
Will 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. Anticipated opening for applications – early October

Sustaining Creative Practice Fund
Includes £1.5 million for the Scottish Goverment’s already announced ‘Culture Collective’ programme. The remaining £3.5m will be added to Creative Scotland’s existing open fund which is open for applications from individuals now

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

Further details regarding each of the funds to follow over the coming weeks.

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