Scottish Country Sports Tourism Restart Fund

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What does this involve?

This fund isn’t open for applications yet. Applications will open 24 February 2021, with guidance available now.

This fund will provide immediate support to tourism businesses within the country sports sector, the majority of which have to date been ineligible for other funding.

Country sports tourism has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the loss of most visitors from both the UK and international community. Restrictions have resulted in significantly reduced activity for those who have been able to participate in country sports locally. In addition, much of the sector has been unable to furlough staff due to animal welfare obligations, and this has further exacerbated the financial enormity of the situation.

The £1 million fund is being delivered on behalf of the Scottish Government by VisitScotland, with development input from the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group (SCSTG) and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC). VisitScotland is the awarding body for this fund. 

Am I eligible?

Eligible businesses are required to be entirely commercial in purpose and directly involved in facilitating country sports tourism activity.

You are eligible if you:

  • meet at least one of the business types defined in the eligible business types detailed in the guidance
  • have a minimum turnover of over £10,000
  • can confirm that at least 75% of your annual turnover is from country sport tourism activities, undertaken and delivered within Scotland
  • can confirm that your country sports tourism activities serve wholly or mainly a market that is not local
  • have a permanent place of business in Scotland (registered business address or premises)
  • intend to operate your business in 2021
  • can show your business was not in financial difficulty as of 31 December 2019 if you are a SME or large organisation – please see the Subsidy Control section in the guidance for more information

Read the full guidance on eligibility on the VisitScotland website before making an application.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

This fund aims to assist a diverse range of country sports tourism businesses, including:

  • Sporting agencies
  • Guided sporting services
  • Land-based sporting businesses
  • Fishing charter operators

Read the 'eligible business type' list within the guidance on VisitScotland.org for more information.

How long does this take?

The fund will open for applications at midday on 24 February 2021 - applications should be completed on VisitScotland.org.

The fund will close for applications at 5pm on 3 March 2021.

Important information

Applications WILL NOT be assessed on a first come first serve basis.

There will be an application assessment process before the final decision is made. If your application is rejected, you can appeal the decision.

Next steps

Go to the VisitScotland website to read the full guidance and then, if eligible, apply when it opens on 24 February.

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