Funding Opportunity

Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers

The Scottish Government has committed a total of £11.3m through Creative Scotland for creative freelancers who are experiencing hardship due to lost income from work and/or practice in the creative sector due to COVID-19. The Cancellation Fund for Creative Freelancers, launched in January 2022, administered £3.3m. This fund will administer a total of £8m.

These funds are to support freelance creative professionals working in the arts, screen and creative sector in Scotland who are experiencing immediate financial difficulty due to the loss of income as a result of COVID-19.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are a freelance professional, AND that they derive a significant proportion of their income from work that contributes strongly to the cultural life of Scotland. These roles include those whose work has direct creative outcomes as well as those in supporting roles whose work directly supports the making and presentation of creative work.

All applicants must be based in Scotland and must be able to demonstrate they were working and making income as a freelance creative professional before November 2021.

As well as accepting applications from new applicants, we are also accepting applications from previous recipients of this fund who can apply for a further award if they remain in financial hardship.

£8m has been allocated to support this fund. This is in addition to the £3.3m allocated through the Cancellation Fund for Creative Freelancers in January.

Anyone applying can ask for between £500 and £2,000 in support.

Previous recipients of COVID-19 funds for creative freelancers – i.e. those who applied to the Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers, the Screen Hardship Fund or the Cancellation Fund for Creative Freelancers, and were awarded funding in the previous round of funding - will now be allowed to apply for a further supplemental award of up to £2,000. In addition, new applicants to the fund can also apply for a one-off award of up to £2,000.

There is no set deadline for applications.