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Creative or Tourism and Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund

Support provided by Scottish Enterprise Visit Scotland Scottish Government South of Scotland Enterprise

What does this involve?

This fund is designed for companies that are ineligible for other COVID-19 grant support or are not yet in receipt of the funds they need to survive. 

Am I eligible?

You must meet these criteria in order to apply:

  • Your company has up to 49 employees
  • You have experienced at least a 50% loss of current or projected revenue
  • You were not in financial difficulty before 31 December 2019
  • You are not in receipt of other COVID-19 government support, except the Furlough Scheme
  • You are not a pre-revenue company
  • You have a business bank account

What does this cost?

There is no cost to apply

Who is this for?

This is for small Scottish creative, tourism and hospitality businesses who have experienced at least 50% loss of current or projected revenue as a result of COVID-19.

How long does this take?

It will take up to 10 working days from application to appraisal and funds being released for approved applications.

Important information

Before you apply you must meet some criteria and have detailed information to hand. You will need to:

  • meet our stated eligibility criteria
  • have a business bank account
  • provide a bank statement from your business bank account that is less than 3 months old
  • provide a Companies House registration number if you are a registered business
  • provide a VAT registration number if you are registered for VAT
  • provide the following information to complete a 3 month cash flow table: any invoicing discount drawdown, net debtors receipts, VAT, funding from Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, funding from Coronavirus Interruption Loan Scheme, any other COVID 19 grants or other grants, any other income; cost of wages and salaries, PAYE/NI costs, pension costs, employee expenses, HP payments, corporate credit card payments due, non-stock supplier direct debits, supplier direct debits, bank term loan repayments, bank charges & Interest, Supplier payments, any other monthly payments, overdraft limit.

Your application will not be successful if you are applying on behalf of a non-supported sector: Gambling and betting activities, manufacture, repair or distribution of weapons and ammunition, manufacture, repair or distribution of military fighting vehicles

Next steps

First of all, read our detailed guidance for applicants

Here’s what to expect when you start your application. You will have to:

  • fill in a Pre-Application form
  • select the fund you wish to apply for
  • set up an account using your email address
  • wait for an email confirmation to arrive in your email account
  • there may be a delay before the confirmation email arrives due to the high number of applications
  • once the email arrives in your inbox, click on the link to confirm and set your password
  • you can now continue with your application

Once again, please make sure to read our detailed guidance for applicants before you visit our partner site to start your application.

We apologise for the early technical issues people have experienced in submitting applications to this Fund. Please don’t worry if it’s taken you longer to apply and submit your application. To ensure that nobody is disadvantaged, the assessment of applications will not start before Monday 4 May. This means that all applications received before then will be treated equally.

Support provided by Scottish Enterprise Visit Scotland Scottish Government South of Scotland Enterprise

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