Creative Scotland has brought out a £2m Bridging Bursary for those individual artists and freelancers (based in Scotland of course) who have lost income from their creative work and/or practice due to COVID-19 – individual grant amount from £500 – £2500. From Creative Scotland:
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This fund is to support freelance artists and freelance creative practitioners working in the not-for-profit sector in Scotland who are experiencing immediate financial difficulty due to the loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This fund offers a one-off bursary that will provide a financial bridge for those people in Scotland who are most deeply impacted and disadvantaged by the cancellation of work as a result of the emergency situation.
The Creative Scotland and Screen Scotland Bridging Bursaries aim to support and prioritise those most in need at this time, particularly those who are least likely to benefit from the recently announced Job Retention Scheme and Self Employment Income Support scheme.
We will trust that those who request this Bursary are in need of emergency funding at this time. We would strongly encourage people to fully consider their needs before making a request to this programme. We have finite funds and 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.
There are no deadlines for this programme as we understand the urgency of this situation. We realise that not everyone will be able to respond to this opportunity immediately. We will hold back a proportion of the budget so that we can support requests that take a little more time to reach us. We will also be monitoring the demand on the programme across a range of art forms and areas of creative practice.
Who can apply?
This fund is targeted at freelance artists and freelance creative practitioners who derive a significant proportion of their income from working in the not-for-profit sector in Scotland and have experienced a loss of earnings as a result of COVID-19.