COVID-19 Cancellation Fund for Creative Freelancers

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What does this involve?

This fund is now closed.

The Scottish Government has committed £8 million for creative freelancers who have lost income following the cancellation of work that was due to take place in the period from 27 November 2021 to 31 March 2022 as a consequence of COVID-19.

The fund offers a one-off award to those who have been most severely affected by the cancellation or postponement of activity because of the current emergency situation. This could include the cancellation or deferral of performances, productions, exhibitions and shows from which freelancers would have received income. This fund will not replace income lost through cancellation but will provide a contribution to partially offset its adverse impact.

Freelancers can request between £500 and £2000 to help offset the financial impact of these cancellations.

Am I eligible?

This fund is for freelance creative professionals based in Scotland who work in the arts, screen and creative sector and are experiencing immediate financial difficulty due to the cancellation or deferral of events because of COVID-19.

You will be asked to submit a CV along with your application and will be required to upload evidence that demonstrates you have lost work due to the pandemic during the period from 27 November 2021 to 31 March 2022.


What does this cost?

There is no cost to apply for this fund.

Who is this for?

This fund supports creative freelancers working in the arts, screen and creative sectors in Scotland.

How long does this take?

Creative Scotland aim to pay eligible applicants within 20 working days. 

Important information

To assist those freelancers who are not able to apply immediately, or who may not be able to confirm their details at the time that the fund opens, Creative Scotland will administer the fund in two stages. £4 million will be made available when the fund goes live in January. A further £4 million will be made available later.


Next steps

Visit the Creative Scotland website for more information.

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