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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

Further £16 Million SNP Government Support for Culture and Events Sectors

The SNP Government’s Omicron Business Support Fund will help cultural organisations, events, museums and freelancers recover from the economic impact of coronavirus restrictions.

£16 million funding for this financial year is being allocated as follows:

  • £12 million to Creative Scotland towards support for a hardship fund for creative freelancers, a recovery fund for cultural organisations and for Edinburgh Festivals celebrating their 75th year. Details of these funds will be announced next week by Creative Scotland.

  • £2 million for EventScotland to increase the total support for EventScotland’s national and international events programmes.

  • £2 million additional support for the Museums Recovery Fund to support a wider range of museums to recover from the pandemic.

Kenneth Gibson MSP said:

“Previously allocated funding has already helped many in North Ayrshire’s cultural, events and heritage organisations and workers to keep going throughout the pandemic and this further £16 million should see these scenes out across Scotland.

“The pandemic has showed us more than anything how important it is that we have creative industries, cultural heritage and other things that help our minds wander away from the daily worries about health and finance.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic the SNP Government has supported these industries with more than £240 million and this is another most welcome allocation.”

Iain Munro, Creative Scotland’s Chief Executive said:

“This additional funding is very welcome and will provide a lifeline for many in the culture sector who have lost income as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

“We are working quickly to get this funding to those who need it most. Details of how creative freelancers and cultural organisations can apply for the funding will be communicated shortly.”

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events said:

“The additional £2 million in funding for Scotland’s events sector is welcome news as we continue to navigate through the impact of recent Covid-19 restrictions and look towards the future.

“This additional funding will ensure we can continue to rebuild our vibrant events sector by developing a diverse portfolio of events that inspire both visitors and locals to attend, but which also deliver social and economic benefits to local communities across the country.”

More information on eligibility and how to apply can be found at:



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