A one-million-pound fund to boost Scotland’s self-catering sector as it recovers from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has been unveiled.
The fund will be delivered through a partnership between the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) and VisitScotland to those businesses which have been unable to benefit from any financial support during the Covid-19 crisis.
Successful applicants will be eligible to receive a one-off grant of £10,000. Applications for the fund will go live on Monday 3 August for 7 days before closing on Monday 10 August.
Scotland’s national tourism organisation will administer the cash through a central email system and will take responsibility for getting the money to the operators who need it. The ASSC will review applications and help make decisions on which applications are successful.
As the funding programme for the sector gets under way, the two organisations will work together through a series of virtual meetings and discussions to get the sector the help it needs.
Scotland’s self-caterers were among the first to shut down their businesses as the country went into lockdown, with operators making significant financial and personal sacrifices as part of the effort against COVID-19. Many also played a key role in supporting frontline health workers during the pandemic, providing free or discounted stays for NHS staff.
Throughout the pandemic, the ASSC worked tirelessly to ensure that Scotland’s hardworking operators were not left behind in terms of accessing business support grants. Alongside work to remove inequities in the system, this new fund for self-caterers is the culmination of those assiduous efforts.