Coronavirus Scottish Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Project Fund

Support provided by Scottish Government

What does this involve?

If you are a zoo or aquarium in Scotland and are experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which is affecting your conservation projects, you may be able to apply for a grant of up to £400,000 per project to continue them.

You can apply for more than one project and any grant award for conservation will not affect an application for emergency welfare funding.

The fund is:

  • to continue with these vital conservation projects
  • to protect Scotland’s at-risk species
  • to assist zoos and aquariums that have already receive other forms of government and non-government support
  • not primarily aimed at saving businesses

Am I eligible?

You can apply for the Scottish Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Project Fund if:

  • your project is for the conservation benefit of native Scottish species
  • your project is for promoting or developing understanding of scientific matters
  • if you have taken all reasonable actions to minimise costs while maintaining conservation project objectives, such as applying for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, business rates holiday, tax deferral, statutory sick pay rebate, etc
  • if you are able to demonstrate budget monitoring and forecasting for the eligible projects
  • if you are an organisation in possession of a current full licence or dispensation under the Zoo Licensing Act 1981, or have been inspected and granted an exemption under the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 due to your small size

You cannot apply if:

  • you are run and/or funded by the local authority
  • you are considered an undertaking in difficulty as defined by Article 2(18) of Commission Regulation (EU) No 651/2014 (the General Block Exemption Regulation)

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Zoos and aquariums in Scotland which are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 crisis which is affecting their conservation projects.

How long does this take?

The deadline for applications is 10 March 2021.

Grant payments, if awarded, will be made on receipt of signed terms and conditions.

Important information

If your project meets the criteria, grants will be provided to cover eligible expenses and activities only, which are:

  • conservation, research or educational costs
  • conservation project staff salaries
  • animal feed and bedding
  • animal enrichment materials
  • essential maintenance of animal housing or enclosures
  • electricity and heating
  • veterinary care and medicines
  • waste removal
  • insurance (public liability, building damage)
  • other conservation project related costs (at government discretion)
  • other relevant costs (at government discretion)

If you run a zoo or aquarium in Scotland and you are struggling to pay for general animal care costs, you can apply for a loan or a grant for a three-month period from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Scottish Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare Fund.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information, or to request an application pack, email szcf@gov.scot or phone 0300 244 9999. Please make it clear that your enquiry is about the Scottish Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Project Fund.

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