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Creative Scotland Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers (UPDATED)

This fund aims to address the current financial hardship being felt by creative freelancers who normally work in the culture sector but whose work has been impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Updated: 26 Nov 2020

Applications for Stage 2 are open for 48 hours only, until 5pm, Fri 27 Nov. This is to allow for applicants who have already completed Stage 1 and received their URN from Creative Scotland to complete the Stage 2 forms. Apply via the Crafts Council website

Registration is now closed until further notice for the fund that is delivered via the Crafts Council and Craft Scotland. The Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers is still open for freelancers working in other creative sectors. For more information, see the Creative Scotland website


 

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.

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).

The Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers: Craft Freelancers

Crafts Council and Craft Scotland have partnered to assist Creative Scotland in the delivery of the fund to freelancers working in craft (maker, designer, studio technician, gallerist, project manager, curator, writer, creative producer, musical instrument maker, craft educator).

To apply, you will need to register on the Creative Scotland website to generate your Unique Reference Number (URN), and then apply via the Crafts Council.

Applications for Stage 2 are open for 48 hours only, until 5pm, Fri 27 Nov. This is to allow for applicants who have already completed Stage 1 and received their URN from Creative Scotland to complete the Stage 2 forms. Apply via the Crafts Council website

Registration to the Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers delivered via Crafts Council is now closed until further notice. 

If you have any questions about the fund, you can email Creative Scotland at enquiries@creativescotland.com, Crafts Council makerdev@craftscouncil.org.uk or Craft Scotland hello@craftscotland.org

 

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?

All applicants must first register on the Creative Scotland online application portal.

  1. You will be asked to set up a temporary application account – which you can do by simply providing your name and email address and creating a secure password. You will then be sent a verification link to your email address to verify your account.
  2. Once logged in, you will be asked for your name and contact details. You will also be asked to select what you do (ie what is your freelance role presently) from a drop-down list of eligible roles.
  3. Based on what you tell us, you will be given a Unique Reference Number and told which of the funding partners you should complete your application with (ROUTE A), or you will progress directly through Creative Scotland’s process (ROUTE B).

ROUTE A: Applying to one of the partner hardship funds

If your role is supported by one of our partners, you will be given the link to their fund and will be asked to complete your application with them. Please note - you will be required to submit the Unique Reference Number when you apply to the fund. Please don’t attempt to apply direct to one of the partner funds without having first set up your account with Creative Scotland and received your Unique Reference Number.

ROUTE B: Direct support from Creative Scotland

If your role is supported by Creative Scotland, you will be able to continue on the same application portal and complete and submit your application. Please see P9 of the guidance document for more details on how to do this.

Guidance notes & FAQ

  1. List of Eligible Roles - Creative Scotland (Opens PDF)
  2. Creative Scotland's Step-by-Step Application Guide (Opens PDF)
  3. Creative Scotland's Introduction Video for the Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers

The Hardship Fund has no formal deadline and will remain open until funds have been allocated.  It is anticipated that applications will be paused before the fund has been fully allocated to allow those who may need additional support to apply, to access the fund.

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.

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Location:
Venue:
Across Scotland

Key Contact:
Creative Scotland, with Crafts Council & Craft Scotland +44 (0) 207 806 2500 [javascript protected email address] Learn more

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