Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers – Opens 26th October
What is this fund for?
To support creative freelancers working in Scotland who are experiencing immediate financial hardship due to the loss of income as a result of 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.
Funds are finite and a high level of demand is expected. The funders ask that only those in real need apply.
There is £5m allocated towards this programme. Bursaries can be requested for any sum from £500 – £2000. If you have specific access needs, then you may request more than this.
Who can apply?
These funds are 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 COVID-19.
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 lockdown began (in March 2020).
How does the application process work?
To apply, you will need to do the following:
- All applicants must register on the Creative Scotland online application portal. The application portal link – https://www.creativescotland.com/funding/funding-programmes/hardship-fund-for-creative-freelancers – will be available at midday on Monday 26 October 2020
- You will need to set up a temporary application account
- After email verification you will be asked for further contact details and to select your role from a drop-down list of eligible roles.
- Depending on the information received you will be given a Unique Reference Number and told which of the funding partners you should complete your application with
Find out more here.