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Apr 22nd 2020

In light of recent events, it was clear we needed to come together collectively in solidarity to help our creative community and support freelance creative practitioners at this difficult time. In response to the uncertainty and loss of work caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Visual Arts Scotland has initiated the Emergency Art Workers Support Fund (EAWSF), a temporary relief fund that aims to support Creative Practitioners who have been impacted by COVID-19. The aim of the fund is to ensure fixed micro grants of £250 will go to individuals who have no other current financial support or savings, who are facing an immediate loss of income from their creative freelance work, to help cover losses incurred by cancelled or postponed work in recent weeks.

There are many other support initiatives of varying size and scale being built and sustained by our incredibly vibrant creative community here in Scotland. We are hopeful these collective efforts can address the needs of our community.

We are delighted that 34 recipients benefited from our first round of funding, all thanks to our supportors and donors listed below.  

The EAWSF is Supported by arts organisations across Scotland. Our supporters include:

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham​ Trust

Inches Carr Trust



Craft Scotland

Applied Arts Scotland


Glasgow Antiques and Fine Arts Society 


We thank those above for their fast action and support of this fund we are heartened by the acts of solidarity and generosity toward this initiative and the community at this diffifult time. The fund shall exist for as long as we have donations to support it. With thanks to scottishcontemporaryart  and Creative Scotland for their advice and guidance.  If you would like to contribute to the fund as a Partner or Supporter, get in touch: info@visualartsscotland.org

The second round of EAWSF is now open! Round 2 is open for application from Wednesday May 6th 2020 and closes on Friday 15th 2020 at Midnight. The VAS Council will then review applications for Round 2 and notifications will be sent on Tuesday 19th May.

To apply for the EAWSF please follow the link HERE to the online application form. 

For guidance and more information on Eligibility, please download the Guidance Document HERE