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Coronavirus (COVID-19): culture and creative sector support

Support available for those working in the cultural and creative industries.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): culture and creative sector support
Organisations in receipt of public funding

Information for organisations in receipt of public funding

Organisations in receipt of public funding are eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) so long as:

  • they do not already receive public funding that is explicitly designed to cover the staff costs for which they are now claiming [Note that Scottish Government grants usually support activities and outcomes rather than specific staff costs] and 
  • the combined total of other public funding and Job Retention Scheme payments should not represent more than 100% of the level of total income they would have expected to receive during this period in a non-COVID scenario (for the avoidance of doubt, this includes earned and contributed income) 

They should be able to confirm that:

  • they are not using public funds received and CJRS government funds to double fund the salaries of furloughed employees, and 
  • the payments they receive as a result of the Job Retention Scheme do not combine with their existing and anticipated public funding to mean that they are now receiving total public funding that exceeds their anticipated level of income for this period

We encourage all cultural organisations to consider whether an application to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme would be a way to mitigate some of the challenges posed by the current situation. Organisations should refer to the UK government’s published guidance.
Please contact your public grant provider about how the public funding conditions are to be applied to individual grants.

Please note that for organisations formally classified as public bodies, separate guidance is being developed.



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