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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scottish Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare Fund

Apply for an animal welfare grant or loan for your zoo or aquarium affected by coronavirus.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scottish Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare Fund


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

The fund is:

  • in place to protect the welfare of animals living on site or by rehoming
  • intended as emergency funding for zoos and aquariums that have already taken up other forms of government and non-government support
  • not primarily aimed at saving businesses

Before applying for the Scottish Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare Fund, check that are eligible

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.