Creative Scotland Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers (UPDATED)

This fund aims to address the current financial hardship being felt by creative freelancers whose work has been impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Last updated: 12 Jan 2021

Last updated: 12 Jan 2021

From 11 December 2020, all applications to the Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers will now be solely handled by Creative Scotland. If you received a URN and didn’t complete your application to one of the partners before 11 December 2020, please contact Creative Scotland by email at enquiries@creativescotland.com

If you have already applied, either through Creative Scotland or one of the partners, please note that as outlined in the funding guidance you can expect to get your decision within 6 weeks of the date of submission. All the partners are trying to deal with applications as quickly as possible.

The Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers aims to support freelance creative professionals working in the arts and creative sector in Scotland, who are experiencing immediate financial difficulty due to the loss of income as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The funds offer a one-off monetary contribution to those who are most deeply impacted and disadvantaged by the cancellation of work as a result of the emergency situation.

Whilst there are no deadlines for this programme, the nature of this fund is that it will only remain open whilst budget remains available.

Awards are non-competitive and will be administered through a simple and speedy process. Creative Scotland aims to ensure that all eligible recipients will receive money in their account within 6 weeks of submission of a request.

If you have any questions about the fund, please email Creative Scotland at enquiries@creativescotland.com.

Who is Eligible?

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 lockdown began, in March 2020.

This fund is for freelancers working in the field of craft who are relying on 50% or more from freelance work for their income and who are in current hardship. We understand many craft freelancers rely on other means of income, hence we stipulate that you do not need to be 100% freelance, but have 50% or more from freelance work. This fund does not stipulate that freelance work has to be craft only.

How to Apply?

From 11 December, all applications to the Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers will now be handled by Creative Scotland.

To register and begin your application, please visit the Creative Scotland's online application portal. Please read the guidance document (Opens PDF) before applying.

You can only apply once to this fund, please do not apply more than once using multiple email addresses.

Guidance notes & FAQ

  1. Hardship Fund Application Guidance (Opens PDF)
  2. Frequently Asked Questions (Opens PDF)
  3. List of Eligible Roles (Opens PDF)
  4. Step-by-Step Application Guide (Opens PDF)
  5. Introduction Video for the Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers (Opens Video)

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