Opening of the Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers on February 23


Funding guidelines for the Scottish Government’s £8million fund for creative freelancers through Creative Scotland have been released today.

The Fund offers unique rewards from among £500 and £2000 creative freelancers working in the arts, screen and creative sectors who are experiencing immediate financial hardship due to loss of income resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Fund is open to independent professionals whose work has direct creative outcomes and those whose work directly supports the making and presentation of creative work, including events.

The Fund will be open for two rounds of applications, the first, with a budget of £4 million, will open at 2 p.m. on Wednesday February 23the second, also with a budget of £4 million, will open at 2 p.m. on Wednesday March 2.

The Fund will remain open until the entire budget has been allocated. It is expected that all eligible recipients will receive money in their account within 6 weeks of submitting an application.

Past recipients of Covid-19 funds for creative freelancers are eligible to apply for another award of up to £2,000 under this round.

Iain Munro, CEO of Creative Scotland commented: “We are very grateful for this funding from the Scottish Government to help address the ongoing challenges faced by those working in the creative sector in Scotland.

“Funds are limited and we expect a high level of demand, so we are confident that those requesting these funds are in urgent need of funding at this time. We strongly encourage people to think carefully about their needs before applying. apply for this program.

Culture Minister Neil Gray said: “We welcome the launch of the £8m Creative Scotland Hardship Fund for creative freelancers. The last two years have been extremely difficult for these people who represent a significant proportion of the workforce in the creative industries.

“Helping freelancers stay in the sector is crucial to the work they produce that enriches our lives and communities and the broader contribution it makes to our economy.”

Full funding advice, including eligibility criteria, is now available on the Creative Scotland Hardship Fund page.


The Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers is part of a series of Scottish Government emergency funds for culture and creativity administered by Creative Scotland.

This is part of the £16 million for cultural stimulus announced by the Scottish Government on Friday February 18, 2022.

Of the £12 million allocated to Creative Scotland, £1.95 million is for Edinburgh’s main festivals, of which £200,000 has already been allocated to complement the EXPO scheme, as previously announced. The rest, up to £1.75m, will be made available to Edinburgh festivals as a top-up to the Platforms for Creative Excellence scheme. Funding is available to Festivals Edinburgh member festivals, subject to an application process.

This funding will also help strengthen emergency support for cultural organizations. Further details on this will be communicated shortly.

More information on Covid-19 funding and resources can be found via and via Creative Scotland’s Resource Directory for COVID-19.

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Media Contact: Sophie Bambrough, Media Relations and Public Relations Manager, Creative Scotland: [email protected]

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