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Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

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Creative Scotland - Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund


The purpose of this further round of funding is to continue to support the immediate and critical financial needs of venues which programme theatre and/or dance and/or music, and to help them remain solvent during the period of closure to the public and to mitigate the ongoing impact of the pandemic.

The fund also makes provision to commission or employ freelance artists and creative practitioners in the immediate term to ensure continued engagement with audiences. This funding is to bridge an evidenced financial gap until re-opening is viable and income projections are more sustainable.

This fund is being launched at the same time as the second round of the Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund, which is for organisations that derive their income from providing cultural activity to the public and organisations that play a critical role in enabling that activity. Some venues will be potentially eligible to apply to either of these funds – but applicants can only apply to one of the funds, not both.

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Geographical areas funded: Scotland

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Who can apply

Previous recipients of funding from the Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund awarded in Summer 2020 can apply for further support. Any new applicants who meet the eligibility criteria can also apply.

Eligible venues must:

  • be located in Scotland
  • be established and have been operating since before 1 April 2019
  • present all year-round
  • operate with a primary purpose of programming professional theatre and/or dance and/or music to a paying audience.


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When to apply

The fund closed for applications at 12 noon on 24 June 2021.

How to apply

Application and full guidance notes available on the funder website.

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Activites funded: Arts & culture

Beneficiaries funded: Voluntary sector organisations

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