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Grant Funding

Tourism Recovery Fund for EV charge points

The Destination Net Zero programme is one of the Scottish Government’s funded Covid-19 tourism recovery projects. It aims to provide support for businesses to develop their Net Zero Action Plans, building their resilience and aligning with Scottish Government targets.

The Fund aims to contribute to businesses’ recovery and resilience and prepare Scottish Tourism for the future and the growth of electric vehicle (EV) usage.

What funding is available?

The funding available is 75% of the total cost of the charge point and installation (including applicable VAT), up to a maximum of £15,000.

Funding will be allocated on a first come, first served basis until 8 September 2022 (or earlier if budget is used before this date). Funding is not available for installations that have already taken place or for installations already in progress.

Who can apply?

The Fund is open to all eligible tourism businesses in Scotland who have an appropriate space in which an EV charge point can be safely installed and used by visitors and staff. Read the full criteria document.

The business must own the land on which the EV charge point is installed or, if the property is leased, have written permission from the landowner for the installation.

It is a condition of the funding that following installation, the EV charge point must be made available for visitors or guests to use, for which a charge can be levied by the business.

Eligibility criteria

The Fund is only available for micro or small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) businesses based in Scotland who have been trading for at least 12 months.

Applicants must be a tourism business and must market themselves as a tourism business.

For additional information on eligibility, please read the full eligibility criteria.

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Events Industry Support Fund 3 - Event Recovery

The Events Industry Support Fund 3 is for businesses in the events industry that have not previously received event-related COVID-19 business support funding. Businesses must still be trading and operating, and must have suffered a financial loss due to the cancellation or restriction of events in Scotland between 8 December 2021 and 31 March 2022 due to the Omicron restrictions.

The Events Industry Support Fund 3 is delivered by VisitScotland and its EventScotland team on behalf of the Scottish Government.

This fund is for businesses in the events industry that:

  • have not previously received event-related COVID-19 business support funding
  • are still trading and operating
  • have suffered a financial loss due to the cancellation or restriction of events in Scotland between 8 December 2021 and 31 March 2022 due to the Omicron restrictions (the “Events Disruption Period”)

It is open to the self-employed (as a limited company or as a sole trader), partnerships and incorporated businesses.

Businesses must have a place of business in Scotland or physically operate in Scotland in order to deliver or supply to the cancelled or restricted events.

Eligible businesses should be involved in one or both of the following:

  • the staging or delivery of live sporting and cultural events and festivals that take place outdoors or indoors and which are open to the public to attend, participate in or spectate safely
  • attracting, hosting or supporting business events, incentives and conferences

The application form will be available from Thursday 24 March, with guidance available from Monday 21 March.

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Omicron business support fund - Tourism Recovery

This fund is now open. This fund supports businesses which were not eligible to receive previous COVID-19 recovery funding through the 6 original tourism funds available in 2021.

It was established to provide support for businesses operating in the 6 sectors identified as having been most affected by Omicron, following feedback from the industry and in recognition of a funding gap for a small number of tourism businesses in Scotland.

The eligible sectors are coach operators, day tour operators, hostels, inbound tour operators, marine/outdoor and visitor attractions.

The Omicron Business Support Fund is delivered by VisitScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government.

VisitScotland is supported in this process by industry bodies involved in the development of the original funding rounds for their sectors (ASVA, Sail Scotland, Wild Scotland, CPT, SIGTOA, SITOA, Hostelling Scotland).

This fund closes at 5pm on Wednesday 30 March 2022.

As part of the process, VisitScotland will contact the applicant.

Businesses will have to show that they were open between 8 December 2021 and 21 January 2022 and were impacted directly as a result of the COVID-19 Omicron restrictions during this period.

The grant award is a single flat rate payment of £6,800.

Applications will not be assessed on a first come, first served basis.

If your application is rejected, you can appeal this decision as set out within the rejection email.

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Scottish Wholesale Food & Drink Resilience Fund and Scottish Food & Drink Producers Fund 

Food and drink wholesalers and producers affected by coronavirus restrictions can now apply for funding.  

Grants will be provided to businesses through the £15 million Scottish Wholesale Food & Drink Resilience Fund and the £2 million Scottish Food & Drink Producers Fund.

Applications open today and close at 23:59 on Sunday 13 February.

The £2 million Scottish Food & Drink Producers Fund will provide support to primary and secondary food and drink producers who supply to the hospitality sector, and who have encountered hardship as a consequence of heightened restrictions introduced by the Scottish Government between 8 December 2021 and 24 January 2022.

The £15 million Scottish Wholesale Food & Drink Resilience Fund will provide:

  • £10 million of support for food & drink wholesalers encountering hardship as a consequence of the public health restrictions imposed on hospitality and on-trade during the period from January 2021 to August 2021
  • £5 million provided to support those food & drink wholesalers affected by the emergence of the Omicron variant and related public health restrictions on hospitality and the on-trade that were introduced in December 2021 and continued in January 2022

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COVID-19 Cancellation Fund for Cultural Organisations (Applications now open)

This fund is now open. This fund aims to support cultural organisations which have been financially impacted by the cancellation or postponement of cultural activity that was due to take place in the period from 27 November 2021 to 31 March 2022, as a consequence of the measures introduced to manage the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund will offer a one-off award to organisations which are able to provide evidence (contracts, correspondence, promotional information) of the arrangement and subsequent cancellation or postponement of activity due to COVID restrictions. This can include the cancellation or postponement of performances, productions, exhibitions and shows from which organisations would have received income.

This fund will not directly replace income lost through the cancellation or postponement of activities, but will provide a contribution to help offset any adverse financial impact.

The Scottish Government has committed up to £25 million to support the fund. Cultural organisations can request between £5,000 and £500,000. The amount you apply for must be based on your organisation’s specific financial losses related to cancellation or postponement, which you must evidence and quantify.

Applications close at 2pm on 2 February 2022.

Funding is available for different kinds of organisations that have experienced financial losses arising from the cancellation or postponement of activities. These include:

  • performing arts venues and festivals (that is, buildings that are primarily used for cultural purposes and have paying audiences to see live events, such as theatres and music venues, including concert halls, as well as festivals that use venues to present live work to a paying audience)
  • other publicly accessible cultural venues (for example, galleries, workshops and artists' studios)
  • other cultural businesses that provide services to other cultural organisations for activities open to the public (for example, theatre production and supply chain businesses)

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Scottish Brewers Support Fund 2022

The Scottish Brewers Support Fund 2022 will provide financial support to eligible breweries directly affected by the public health advice and guidance introduced from 9 December 2021 to 24 January 2022 to control the coronavirus Omicron variant.

The grant is a one-off payment at the rate of:

  • £5,625 for businesses with a rateable value up to and including £18,000
  • £8,700 for businesses with a rateable value between £18,001 and £51,000
  • £29,500 for businesses with a rateable value over £51,000 or whose annual beer production exceeds 5,000HL

Businesses do not need to apply – local authorities will contact businesses directly.

Breweries which previously received funding from the Brewers Support Fund Phase 1 (part of the Contingency Fund Plus) and any new brewery businesses which meet the eligibility criteria are entitled to this one-off grant payment.

Full details of eligibility and guidance are available on the Scottish Government website.

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COVID 19 Business Support and Continuity Tourism Fund

VisitScotland will distribute funding worth up to £28.8 million to the tourism and events industry as part of a multimillion-pound Scottish Government support package for businesses impacted by the spread of the Omicron COVID variant.

The funding includes up to £9 million for tourism businesses, which will be distributed by VisitScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government.

To help funding reach businesses in the quickest way possible, a one-off payment may be made to businesses previously supported in 2021.

Following discussions with the Scottish Government and the Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group (STERG), it has been decided that the following sectors, previously supported by other funds, will be eligible for top-up grants:

  • coach operators
  • day tour operators
  • hostels
  • inbound tour operators
  • outdoor/marine
  • visitor attractions

To qualify for a grant, a business must still be trading and have been open and incurred a loss between 8 December 2021 and 21 January 2022.

Eligible businesses which were previously supported by VisitScotland through other funds will be contacted directly by email and asked to confirm basic information before payments are made.

Eligible businesses will receive a top-up payment of £6,800 under the fund.

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Nightclub Closure Fund

The Nightclub Closure Fund will provide a one-off payment to support nightclubs that were required to close as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) measures in December 2021 and January 2022.

The grant is a one-off payment at the rate of:

  • £25,000 for premises which have a rateable value of up to and including £40,000
  • £35,000 for premises which have a rateable value between £40,001 and £75,000
  • £55,000 for premises which have a rateable value of £75,001 or above

Individual ratepayers with more than one business may receive an award for each registered business entity.

Nightclubs which have previously received support will be contacted and asked to complete an application by 14 January 2022.

Businesses which have not received an invite by 14 January 2022 and believe they should have can contact covidbusinesssupport@gov.scot

Businesses which are registered as a nightclub but have never received COVID-19 funding through their local authority may be eligible for this fund. Additional details will be required in order to assess their eligibility.

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Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund 2022

The Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund 2022 will provide a one-off payment to eligible drivers and operators who have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in December 2021 and January 2022.

For drivers, local authorities will make a further payment of £750 to all drivers who previously received a grant through the Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund in 2021.

For operators, local authorities will make a payment to all eligible operators who previously received a grant through the Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund in 2021.

The amount you receive will depend on the number of vehicles you have:

  • owner/operators with one vehicle - a single award of £750
  • owner/operators with 2 to 9 vehicles - a single award of £3,000
  • owner/operators with 10 to 49 vehicles - a single award of £7,000
  • owner/operators with 50 or more vehicles – a single award of £15,000

Local authorities will contact all eligible vehicle licence holders to verify eligibility and arrange payment.

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Scottish Government financial support - cultural and events organisations and freelancers

The Scottish Government has announced a £21 million support package to support cultural and events organisations and freelancers experiencing cancellations due to the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant.

The funds will be allocated as follows:

  • £10.2 million for cultural organisations and venues to be administered by Creative Scotland
  • £2.8 million towards the wider events supply chain to be administered by EventScotland.
  • £8 million for the Cancellation Fund for Creative Freelancers to be administered by Creative Scotland.

Creative freelancers can apply for between £500 and £2,000 from the cancellation fund which opens at 2pm on Thursday, 6 January 2022.

Details on who is eligible for the fund and how to apply will be available on Creative Scotland’s website.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): December and January Business Support Top Up - Hospitality - information for businesses

The December and January Business Support Top Up – Hospitality will provide financial support to businesses in the hospitality sector affected by the latest public health advice. 

The grant is a one-off payment at the rate of:

  • £4,500 for premises which have a rateable value of up to and including £51,000, or
  • £6,800 for premises have a rateable value of £51,001 or above

The December and January Business Support Top Up – Hospitality will provide support to businesses in the hospitality sector who have lost crucial bookings during this key trading period where they are registered as one of the following:

  • public houses
  • restaurants,
  • cafes
  • other licensed premises classed as hospitality
  • nightclubs
  • hotels with bars and restaurants

In the first instance, local authorities will contact businesses they have previously made payments to through the Strategic Framework Business Fund. 

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£100 million support for business

Updated 17 December 2021

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced the breakdown of a lifeline £100 million financial package to support businesses experiencing cancellations due to the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant.

The £100 million support package is broken down into:

  • £66 million for eligible hospitality businesses
  • £20 million for the culture sector
  • £8 million for food and drink supply chain businesses including wholesalers
  • £3 million for the wedding sector
  • £3 million for the worst affected businesses in the tourism sector, including international inbound tour operators

Final details of the funding available and how to apply is being determined in discussion with business organisations and will be published next week. Eligible hospitality businesses will be contacted directly by their local authorities and will not need to apply for support.

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Business Ventilation Fund

The Scottish Government’s Business Ventilation Fund will aim to businesses improve ventilation and air quality on their premises to help reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. The fund will allow businesses to claim back costs to improve ventilation of up to £2500. Support aims to target high-risk settings where people come into close proximity, such as hospitality and leisure sectors.

To be eligible for funding, businesses must:

  • be a small or medium-sized enterprise
  • be in an eligible sector
  • have physical premises
  • pay non-domestic rates

Applications will open the week beginning 22 November 2021.

If your business is in an eligible sector, you will be able to start the application process week beginning 22 November. Next steps:

  • complete an online self-assessment form to receive advice on whether your business requires support to improve ventilation
  • if eligible for support, you will be asked to provide further details about your business and the remedial work you propose to undertake to improve ventilation
  • if the proposed work is approved, you can submit receipts for work carried out and a payment of up to £2,500 will be made

Businesses that have already completed improvements to their ventilation prior to the fund opening will not be eligible to claim costs back. However, they may still be eligible for additional improvements depending on what the prior improvements involved.

For further information, click here.

 

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