Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, welcomes the Economy Secretary’s confirmation that hardship and closure grants will be paid to bowling and other sports clubhouses which are licensed to serve alcohol.

George Adam MSP

Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:

“Earlier this month, we announced a £40 million Fund to support specific businesses currently required to close or operate with restrictions. Some sporting and other clubs have asked for explicit confirmation that they are eligible and I am pleased to confirm that we will be supporting those businesses.

“As we move into the new Framework next week, I want to again recognise the sacrifices that businesses have made during this period. By continuing to work together to suppress this virus we can come through the other side with a fair, sustainable and wellbeing economy that will benefit us all.”

The Scottish Government has also confirmed that hardship grants can be paid to sports clubs, gyms and others in the central belt that operate from their own non-domestic premises and have not been allowed to run or charge for group exercise classes since 9th October.

Applications for these funds close at 5pm on the 3rd November.

They will be replaced by a new form of support – linked to the new Strategic Framework – which will provide eligible businesses with grants of up to £3,000 every four weeks.

Paisley’s MSP, who has been proactive in ensuring local clubs are adequately supported, said:

“I have been contacted by a few local sports clubs over the past couple of weeks and have passed their concerns on to my colleagues in the Scottish Government. Like myself, I am sure they will delighted by this recent announcement and are able to take advantage of the funding available.

“Local bowling clubs and other sports clubhouses are an important part of the community here in Paisley and I know they are often a lifeline to many living in our town.

“This past year has certainly been an unprecedented one, with the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions leaving a lot of us cut off from family, friends and loved ones and struggling with loneliness and isolation, so I hope the confirmation that our local clubs can access support to ensure they’re here for when we can get back to some semblance of normality is a comfort to my fellow buddies.”

Details of current £40 million Fund and how to apply is at: