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£685,000 made available to Scottish Clubs as part of R&A COVID-19 Support Fund

Posted on 29/06/2020

As part of a club support package funded by the R&A, Scottish Golf are pleased to announce that £685,000 will be made available to affiliated Scottish Golf clubs who have been affected financially by COVID-19.

Scottish Golf, on behalf of our member clubs, are extremely grateful to the R&A for providing financial support to the golf industry. The grants will be made available via two separate allocations; the COVID-19 Fixed Costs Grant and the Club Relief Fund.

Details of the two funds are outlined below, and applications are welcomed from all affiliated Scottish Golf clubs:

COVID-19 Fixed Costs Grant

The COVID-19 Fixed Costs Grant will enable every affiliated club in Scotland to apply for a maximum of £500 for fixed costs specifically associated with preparing for safe play and club/course management following the COVID-19 lockdown in early March 2020.

These can include but are not exhaustive of sanitation products, COVID-19 related H&S safety equipment, professional fees, signage, training, video conferencing licence (e.g. zoom) and any other COVID-19 related spend.

To apply to receive funding, clubs are required to fill out a short application form confirming details about the club.  The application form is available here.

Please note that only one application per club will be accepted for the COVID-19 Fixed Costs Grant, full terms and conditions are available here.

The application process for the COVID-19 Fixed Costs Grant will open on Monday 29th June and will close on Friday 24th July.  All grants will be paid to clubs within ten working days of notification of a successful application.

Please note that the closing date will be strictly adhered to.

For any clubs that elects not to claim the COVID-19 Fixed Costs Grant, or claims less than the maximum £500, we will commit the unclaimed money to be transferred to the Club Relief Fund on Monday 27th July.

Club Relief Fund

The Club Relief Fund has been created to provide financial support to clubs who have been impacted by the pandemic. This fund is concentrated on enabling clubs to reinstate or to increase expenditure in key areas to either improve member experience or boost income generation potential.

The long-term impact of COVID-19 on the golfing landscape is still unknown, but this fund is aimed at helping clubs take the first steps to recovery and look to thrive again in the future.

Clubs applying to this fund are required to complete a four-stage application to ensure the Review Committee have the correct information available to allocate funds. 

The information required includes:

The application for clubs is available here.

Full terms and conditions for the Club Relief Fund can also be accessed here.

The application process for the Club Relief Fund will open on Monday 29th June and will close on Friday 24th July.  Assessment of all applications will be undertaken during the week beginning 27th July with decisions being communicated by Friday 7th August.  At that point, successful clubs will be asked to complete a final sign-off document, including bank details for payment.

Please note that for both the COVID-19 Related Fixed Costs Grant and the Club Relief Fund, the closing date of Friday 24th July is final and late applications will not be accepted.

Whilst the provision of this funding from the R&A is most welcome, we do anticipate the volume of applications to be high and the criteria outlined will be strictly applied to ensure that the funds available are distributed where most needed. We continue to explore other funding options for clubs to access and will communicate any additional opportunities should these arise.

If any clubs have any questions regarding making an application, please get in touch by emailing info@scottishgolf.org.  

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