Details have today (Monday 24 August) been announced of a £6 million fund to help the events sector recover from the Coronavirus pandemic. The Events Industry Support Fund will comprise of a one-off hardship grant of £10,000 to support businesses in the events industry, particularly those in the supply chain.

Funding will be awarded on a first come, first served basis and will support businesses which have not received Scottish Government sponsored COVID-19 related funding from other schemes and which meet the eligibility criteria. This includes suppliers working to organise, stage and deliver business, corporate, cultural and sporting events and festivals which are open to the public.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events said: “The events industry has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic as one of the first industries to stop and it will be one of the last to restart. There is a desperate need for support and this £6 million Scottish Government fund will help a number of businesses in the short term until we can start to run events again.”

Applications for the fund will open from noon on 31 August 2020 until noon on 14 September 2020 with full details on the application process and requirements available here.