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Creative Scotland to deliver millions as new culture recovery fund is launched

Cultural Secretary, Fiona Hyslop has pledged this new fund will "aid a range of cultural businesses and help them weather the most critical challenges they face."
Cultural Secretary, Fiona Hyslop has pledged this new fund will "aid a range of cultural businesses and help them weather the most critical challenges they face."

A new multi-million pound fund has been launched in a bid to protect jobs and boost the cultural industry during the coronavirus pandemic.

The £15 million Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund is the second of five new emergency packages from the Scottish Government being delivered by Creative Scotland.

It’s aim is to provide emergency support for cultural organisations that have been unable to trade due to the impact of Covid-19.

It makes up part of the £59m emergency funding for culture and heritage sectors announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on August 28.

Applicants will be able to apply for between £10,000 and £150,000 and up to £250,000 on an exceptional basis from September 17.

Creative Scotland is looking to help support a range of businesses including nightclubs, comedy venues, large music venues and dance companies.

Art galleries, studio facilities, commercial theatres and orchestras can also apply and the deadline for applications will be on September 24 with funds being released to successful applicants later in the year.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “It’s been an extremely difficult time for the culture sector this year.

“We’ve done everything we can to alleviate some of the immediate challenges but we know many businesses will continue to struggle until they can fully reopen.

“The Culture Organisations and Venue Recovery Fund will aid a range of cultural businesses and help them weather the most critical challenges they face.

“I’m grateful to Creative Scotland for the pace they’ve worked at to develop the funding and its distribution.”

Other funds to specifically target independent cinemas, freelance workers, creative practice and youth arts will also be released in the coming days and weeks.

Iain Munro, CEO, Creative Scotland added: “The challenges presented to the culture and creative sector by the Covid-19 pandemic are only too real and are not going to go away quickly or easily.

“That’s why this additional emergency funding from the Scottish Government is so welcome.

“Our top priority is the delivery of these funds to the sector as quickly as possible and the launch today of the Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund is an important step in providing much needed support.

“While we know that this funding won’t be able to meet every challenge, it will help to protect jobs and support the sustainability of organisations wherever possible.”

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