Recovery Fund for Cultural Organisations

Applications closed

This fund is to enable cultural organisations, working primarily for public benefit, to rebuild and create opportunities to increase their financial resilience after the COVID-19 pandemic.



To be eligible for support from this fund, organisations must:

  • be able to demonstrate that their work is primarily focused on enabling people to create, or to engage in cultural experiences
  • and be operationally based in Scotland – i.e. have an all-year-round Scottish address they use on a regular basis and pay rent and/or non-domestic rates for
  • and have an annual income of at least £50,000
  • and have been operating from or before 1 April 2019.

And be at least one of the following:

  • a Company Limited by Guarantee registered at Companies House
  • a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) registered with OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator)
  • a Community Interest Company (CIC) with an asset lock that prevents the distribution of profits outwith the cultural sector
  • a charity registered to operate in Scotland (the charity can be any of the above types of organisation or a sole trader or trust)
  • a Local Authority – please see Appendix 2 for specific guidance for applying to this fund as a Local Authority or ALEO.

Organisations that are in receipt of other Creative Scotland support, including Regular and Open funding, are able to apply if they meet the above criteria.

For more information, please see page 4 and 5 of the Guidance Notes.

Budget and how much can be applied for

The overall budget for this fund is at least £15m.

Eligible organisations can apply for support of up to 10% of their income in the most recent full financial year not impacted by COVID-19. If the organisation applying is based in another country, as well as Scotland, only income generated in Scotland can be included.

Applicants can apply for between £5,000 and £150,000.

As the budget for this fund is dependent on the final position of other funds then the amount awarded may be reduced or increased. An increase in award would only take place if funds are available and we assess that the organisation can deliver increased public value through an enhanced award.


Applications are now closed.


Access support

We offer access support to disabled applicants, tailored to individual requests. Support includes Sign Language Interpreters for meetings and scribing support for dyslexic applicants. Officers can offer advice to new applicants and support them to make an application.

The Equalities Team can offer additional one-to-one support to applicants with access requirements. Please note we will accept applications and supporting materials which are written in English, Gaelic or Scots. If you are a D/deaf BSL user, you can access our services with the Contact Scotland-BSL programme.

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