Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund: Round 2

Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund

This fund is to provide performing arts venues in Scotland with emergency funding that will allow them to remain solvent, will support the return of staff from furlough, and will provide support for new artistic commissions from freelance artists.

The fund closed for applications at 12 noon on Thursday 24 June 2021.


Since July 2020, Creative Scotland has delivered a range of emergency funds on behalf of the Scottish Government to support the artistic and creative sectors in Scotland, and to address the ongoing impact of the COVID19 pandemic on their operations. These emergency funds have included specific funding to support grassroots music venues, performing arts venues, cultural organisations, independent cinemas, youth arts, individual freelancers and community hubs.

This fund is being launched at the same time as the second round of the Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund, which is for organisations that derive their income from providing cultural activity to the public and organisations that play a critical role in enabling that activity. Some venues will be potentially eligible to apply to either of these funds – but applicants can only apply to one of the funds, not both. So we encourage you to look at both options to assess which is the most appropriate to your needs. If you apply to one of the funds and you are assessed as ineligible after the deadline, you will not be eligible to apply to the other fund and we cannot accept late applications.

Please download the Guidance document below for full details.

Fund Timeline

  • Guidance published – Thursday 10 June 2021
  • Applications Open – 2pm Thursday 17 June 2021
  • Application Deadline – 12 noon Thursday 24 June 2021
  • Emergency Advance Payments – from Thursday 1 July
  • Decisions – end of July
  • Contracting and Payment – end July / early August


Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund Guidance: Round 2

Download the guidance document in PDF format

Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund: Round 2 Application Questions

Download a guide to the questions you will be asking during the online application process, in PDF format

Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund: Cash Flow Template

Download the cash flow template in .xlsx format

How do I find out more information?

If you need more information please contact our Enquiries Service using one of the methods outlined on our Contact Us page.

Round 1

You can find information about the awards made in this news story.