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Letter from Finance Secretary to businesses

Thu 21 Jan 21

Finance Secretary, Kate Forbes MSP has today written to Scotland's business community to confirm the availability and timeline for funding support for various sectors.

The following targeted grant schemes are now live: 

  • Taxi and Private Hire Fund 
  • Creative Freelancer Hardship Fund 
  • Museums Recovery and Resilience Fund Top up 
  • Travelling Show People Support Fund
  • Culture Collective Fund
  • Youth Arts Access Fund
  • Creative Communities 
  • Sector and Destination Operational and Market Readiness fund
  • Scotland Pivotal Event Business Fund

Funds going live this month are:

  • Mobile Close Contact Services Support Fund including driving instructors and hairdressers Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund
  • Outdoor Tourism Sector Recommissioning Fund
  • Travel Agents Fund
  • Wedding Sector Support Fund
  • Events Industry Support Fund 
  • Grassroots Music Venue Stabilisation Fund
  • Brewer Support Fund
  • Indoor Football Centres Fund 

Funds due to go live in February are: 

  • Tour Operators Fund
  • Visitor Attractions Fund
  • Ski Centre Support Fund
  • Visitor Accommodation Hostels Fund
  • Large (7 or more guests) Self-Catering Grant
  • Exclusive Use Grant Self-Catering

Cabinet Secretary for Finance Kate Forbes also said - "We recognise that some sectors require further support which is why a number of the above funds are now in the second round of funding including the Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund"

You can read the letter in full here.

Information on all funds will be available for businesses is available on the Find Business Support website: https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice

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