The Scottish Government has announced a new £13m funding package for the events sector, which is being overseen by Visit Scotland and Event Scotland. This funding is being broken-down into a few different funds as summarised below, but it's worth pointing out that the first (the Pivotal Events Business Fund) is open for Expressions of Interest for only 1 week only from Wednesday 16 December to 5pm on Tuesday 22nd December.
Pivotal Events Business Fund:
This fund will provide grants from £25,000 to £150,000, and is envisaged it will support c.50-100 event companies who are seen as organisers, suppliers, contractors and venues critical to the survival of the events sector in Scotland. In essence, those businesses who the rest of the sector and supply chain are most reliant upon.
Eligibility criteria apply, including:
How to apply?
The French Duncan ESD team would also be happy to speak to any businesses who require further advice or assistance in their applications. We have successfully helped numerous other events, cultural and other businesses apply for previous funding - you can read about our work with Òran Mór in our recent case study by clicking here. Team details can be found here, or just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0141 221 2984.
Further information, and link on how to apply can also be found by clicking here.
The Guidance document also provides this summary of what it considers eligible and ineligible businesses:
'Broader Support' Fund:
Currently all we know about this is that it will aim to provide 'broader support' to businesses across the full range of the events sector, including the supply chain. Further details are to be announced in early 2021, and we'll try to update this page once we know more. You can also read about both funds by visiting the Visit Scotland website here.