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Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers

Hardship Funds for Creative Freelancers

From 11 December 2020, all applications to the Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers will now be solely handled by Creative Scotland, and not through our partners BECTU, Craft Council, Help Musicians, Society of Authors and Visual Arts Scotland. If you received a URN and didn’t complete your application to one of the partners before 11 December, please contact us via enquiries@creativescotland.com

If you have already applied, either through Creative Scotland or one of the partners, please note that as outlined in the funding guidance you can expect to get your decision within 6 weeks of the date of submission. All the partners are trying to deal with applications as quickly as possible.

If you applied through one of the partners of the fund, the decisions will be communicated to you by the partner - not Creative Scotland - within 6 weeks of the date you submitted your application. Please note - this is the date you submitted your full application to the partner, not the date you received your URN.

What is this fund for?

To support creative freelancers working in Scotland who are experiencing immediate financial hardship due to the loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funds offer a one-off monetary contribution to those who are most deeply impacted and disadvantaged by the cancellation of work as a result of the emergency situation.

We will trust that those who request these funds are in need of emergency funding at this time. We strongly encourage people to fully consider their needs before making a request to this programme. Funds are finite and we and our partners expect a high level of demand. It is vital that we are able to support those who have the most urgent needs at this time.

Whilst there are no deadlines for this programme, the nature of this fund is that it will only remain open whilst budget remains available.

How do I apply?

Please read the guidance document before applying.

We've created a step by step guide to support you through the process.

To register and begin your application, visit the online application portal.

Please note that you can only apply once to this fund. Please do not apply more than once using multiple email addresses.

How long will it take to get a decision?

The funds are offered on a non-competitive basis and require you to submit minimal information to enable us to make awards as quickly as possible. We will aim to ensure that all eligible recipients will receive money in their account within 6 weeks of submission of your request. If there are any delays to this, we’ll let you know.


Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers Guidance

View and download the Guidance document in PDF format

Hardship Fund Frequently Asked Questions

View and download the FAQs in PDF format

Hardship Fund Roles

View and download the list of roles in PDF format

Hardship Fund Application Process Guide

View and download the guide in PDF format

How to 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.