Creative Scotland is set to give out an additional £2 million in relief to help the country’s artists and freelancers cope during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Scottish government is providing £1 million, with a further £1 million from the Freelands Foundation.
Together they will bolster the original £2 million Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund (Arts and Creative).
It will provide support for freelance creative professionals, focusing on those who are "most deeply impacted and disadvantaged" by having work cancelled and are least likely to benefit from either the job retention or self-employed income support schemes.
The fund reopens today (April 20) for a second phase thanks to the new money, with grants of between £500 and £2,500 available.
Fiona Hyslop, Scotland’s culture secretary, said: "The Scottish government believes culture and creativity are essential to our well-being, and we are working hard to support those who make this hugely important contribution to our society as they navigate these difficult times.
“The Bridging Bursary Fund is already set to benefit hundreds of people from the first round of applications and this additional £1 million funding from the Scottish government, along with the support from Freelands Foundation, will mean Creative Scotland can help many more in the sector who are doing their best to cope with the impact of this health pandemic.”
It follows Creative Scotland’s main Covid-19 response package, totalling £11 million.
Iain Munro, chief executive of Creative Scotland, said: "As these extremely challenging times continue, they bring with them serious personal and professional impacts to artists, creative practitioners and organisations and the work they do with communities across Scotland.
"At Creative Scotland we’re continuing our focus on keeping funding flowing and today’s significant additional contributions from the Scottish government and Freelands Foundation will enable us to enhance support for those in immediate need and help to sustain people and their work at this time.”