In December, the Scottish government announced that museums in the country would receive an additional £3.1m through the existing £4m Museums Recovery and Resilience Fund to help meet demand from the sector.

The funding, which is administered by Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS), is part of a £185m package of support announced by the Scottish government earlier in 2020.

In a letter to the Museums Association addressing concerns about the impact Covid is having on the heritage sector, Fiona Hyslop, the cabinet secretary for culture, says the additional funding would “help secure the future of Scottish independent museums put at risk by the pandemic and protect the vital role that museums play in communities”.

“I note your comments regarding the need to fill the funding gap faced by those museums that are not eligible for the Recovery and Resilience Fund,” Hyslop adds in the letter. “This includes, as mentioned in your letter, the important matter of providing continued support and funding to university museums.

“I have made the decision recently to allocate £100,000 to MGS to provide additional project funding specifically for university museums this financial year.”

The government is also in discussions with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities about how civic museums in local authorities are funded.

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A £104.3m package of support for Scotland’s tourism and hospitality businesses was announced at the end of 2020, including £5m for visitor attractions and £2.5m for outdoor tourism.

Details and opening dates for funding will be announced in due course.

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