COVID-19 Cancellation Fund for Creative Freelancers

This fund is to support creative freelancers working in the arts, screen and creative sectors who are experiencing immediate financial hardship due to the loss of income because of cancellations and deferrals caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications are now open.

Who is the fund for?

These funds are to support freelance creative professionals based in Scotland who work in the arts, screen and creative sector and who are experiencing immediate financial difficulty due to the cancellation or deferral of events because of COVID-19, that were due to take place in the period 27 November 2021 – 31 March 2022.

The fund offers a one-off award to those who are most deeply impacted and disadvantaged by the cancellation or postponement of activity because of the current emergency situation. This can include the cancellation or deferral of performances, productions, exhibitions and shows from which freelancers would have received income. This fund will not replace income lost through cancellation but will provide a contribution to partially offset its adverse impact.

Budget and how much can be applied for

The Scottish Government has committed £10m through Creative Scotland for creative freelancers who have lost income following the cancellation of work that was due to take place in the period 27 November 2021 - 31 March 2022 as a consequence of COVID-19.

We anticipate high levels of demand for this fund. To assist those who are not able to apply immediately, or who may not be able to confirm their details at the time that the fund opens, we will be administering the fund in two stages. £4m will be made available when the fund goes live in January. A further £6m will be made available later.

You can request between £500 and £2000 to help offset the financial impact of cancellation of your activity.

You may also request access costs. You can find out more about access costs on page four of the guidance notes.

Download the guidance


In your application, you will need to provide us with your CV and written evidence that you had a performance, exhibition or show planned and separate written evidence that it has been cancelled or deferred. We aim to pay eligible applicants within 20 working days of submission of the request.

Please ensure you read the guidance notes prior to applying.

Please note that this fund has a set budget and we anticipate high levels of demand, and so we recommend that you apply as soon as you are able. The fund will be open to apply for until requests exceed available budget.

Using the online portal

If you have not applied using the portal before, or applied prior to August 2021, you will need to register a new account by visiting

If you have registered an account or applied to Creative Scotland for funding since August 2021, you can log in using your existing account.

Once you have logged in, you will see a list of funds. Select "Cancellation Fund for Creative Freelancers", and follow the instructions throughout each page of the form.

If you need help completing the online application due to a disability or access need, you will be able to click on an ‘Access Support’ help button in the online portal. Selecting this will inform our support team of your requirements and you will be duly contacted by a staff member. In this situation, please wait for us to contact you and don’t submit a new application. We will ensure that your application is considered and that you will not be disadvantaged.

Ready to apply?

*Please note* we have become aware of a discrepancy in the application form regarding the time period we indicate your activity must have been due to take place in. The time period you can apply for is 27 November 2021 – 31 March 2022.

Apply now on our online application portal