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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scottish Government COVID-19 business support management information - 9 March 2021

Management information on the various Scottish Government COVID-19 business support funds to 9 March 2021.

Published:
10 Mar 2021
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scottish Government COVID-19 business support management information - 9 March 2021

Background

Since the start of the pandemic last spring, the Scottish Government has made available over £3 billion in business support to help mitigate the economic impacts of the virus. This Scottish Government support is in addition to the support provided by the UK Government. The Scottish Government has sought to help businesses  cope with the financial pressures arising from the pandemic, in so doing protecting the  business base and jobs as part of preparing for a stronger recovery.

This note provides up to date management information on nine sector-specific Scottish Government COVID-19 business support funds which were launched between October 2020 – February 2021 and which have now closed to applications:

  • Wedding Sector Support Fund
  • Scotland Pivotal Event Businesses Fund
  • Culture Collective Fund
  • Scottish Wholesale Food and Drink Resilience Fund
  • Grassroots Music Venue Stabilisation Fund
  • Ski Centre Support Fund
  • Travelling ShowPeople Fund
  • Sector and DMO Operational Readiness Fund
  • Youth Arts Emergency fund

Further information will be provided on the remaining business support funds as it becomes available. 

The data shows that, as of 5 March 2021, these funding schemes had made over 3,200 awards to businesses amounting to over £56 million – see Table 1. 

These funds are in addition to the £431 million which has been provided to date through the Strategic Framework Business Fund (SFBF) and hospitality, leisure and retail top up payments, £9.7 million provided via the Local Authority Discretionary Fund, over £6.2 million in Island Equivalent Payments, and £29 million paid via the Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund. 

Funding Scheme

Applications Received

Applications Approved

Number of Awards Paid to date

Total Value of Awards paid to date

(£ million)

Wedding Sector Support Fund

3478

2817

2808

25.8

Scotland Pivotal Event Businesses Fund

129

100

75

8.3

Culture Collective Fund

64

26

26

5.9

Scottish Wholesale Food and Drink Resilience Fund

113

41

41

5.5

Grassroots Music Venue Stabilisation Fund

89

84

84

4.0

Ski Centre Support Fund

8

8

8

3.0

Travelling ShowPeople Fund

200

149

149

1.5

Sector and DMO Operational Readiness Fund

90

46

37

1.2

Youth Arts Emergency fund

46

38

38

0.9

Total

4217

3309

3226

56.1

Additional details on support offered:

Wedding Sector Support Fund

For businesses deriving the majority of their income through the supply to or hosting of weddings and/or civil partnerships.

Scotland Pivotal Event Business Fund

Support for event businesses whose primary role as organisers, suppliers, contractors and venues is critical to the survival of the sector in Scotland, and upon whom the wider events industry and supply chain are most reliant for their own business and operations.

Culture Collective

Provides paid opportunities for creative practitioners and organisations to work with communities in response to Covid-19.

Scottish Wholesale Food and Drink Resilience Fund

Provided grants for food and drink businesses suffering hardship.

Grassroots Music Venue Stabilisation Fund

Supported Scottish businesses operating across the events industry facing hardship as a result of COVID-19.

Ski Centre Support Fund (For ski resorts and dry ski slopes)

For ski centres (mountain resorts and/or artificial slopes) that are of regional and or local economic importance and are experiencing financial hardship that puts the ongoing viability of the centre at risk.

Travelling Showpeople Fund

Provided one-off grants of £10,000 to support travelling show people in Scotland who normally earn at least 50% of their annual income through their work attending established funfairs.

Sector and DMO Operational Readiness Fund

Support for established Scottish Tourism Sector Groups and Destination Organisations facing funding challenges, to support core operational functions to ensure organisations are sustainable and in a position to actively promote Scotland as and when restrictions are lifted.

Youth Arts Fund

Provided creative opportunities for children and creates employment opportunities for freelance musicians and other youth arts professionals.