Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Scotland FAQs


Updated 14 May 2021

First and foremost, as we roll the waves of the Coronavirus pandemic we at RYA Scotland, will always follow Government advice – Scottish Government. We also encourage our clubs, centres, organisations and members to support us in this as we continue to work with the new normal (and ever-changing levels & guidance). The COVID-19 preventative measures are vital to protecting health and wellbeing and to minimising pressure on frontline services. We have a collective and individual role to play by following the Government guidelines.

Guidance for Boating

We have a separate page which outlines our advice around getting on the water which can be found here and it contains current guidance around the protection levels and what you should think about when planning or taking part in activity. This page is continual updated when the Scottish Government provides additional information.

There is also additional information & guidance from the RYA to aid your planning for boating activity, training activity, racing etc., however please remember that the government guidelines are different across the UK and so some elements don’t apply here in Scotland.

COVID-19 Support & Resources

RYA Scotland is aware that members, affiliated clubs and organisations and recognised training centres will be worried about what is currently happening and what support they can access due to the Coronavirus.

We will continue to update this page to ensure our affiliated and recognised bodies have the most up-to-date information to support you at this time.

Financial Planning

It is important that clubs and centres look carefully at their finances, including membership subscriptions, customer payments, rent, rates etc. If you need it, the RYA has a financial planning tool that clubs and centres can use. There is support available, but we would advise you to read the relevant information for each support fund carefully, especially around the eligibility criteria. If you have any questions, please get in touch and we will see if we can help.

Government Support:

There is a dedicated Scottish Business Support website with all the latest information on the various support measures around Coronavirus.

There is also a UK Government Coronavirus Business Support Tool which will help businesses and self-employed people in Scotland, and the UK, to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them.

Strategic Framework Business Fund:

This Fund provides grants to businesses required to close by law or to significantly change its operations due to COVID-19 restrictions from 2 November 2020

The Strategic Framework Business Fund will close to new applications on 22 March. This follows the First Minister’s Statement on 16 March which provided clarity on the easing of restriction and the re-opening of the hospitality, retail and leisure sectors.

Businesses in receipt of financial support will receive their final four weekly payment through this Fund on 22 March. As with previous months, this will consist:

  • £2,000 for businesses with a Rateable Value up to £51,000
  • £3,000 for businesses with a Rateable Value £51,001 or above.

The Community & Third Sector Recovery Programme:

Adapt and Thrive is part of the £25m Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government on 2 September 2020. The programme forms part of the wider Scottish Government Third Sector response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The programme aims to support organisations to reflect on their current operations and determine which areas need to change, flex, innovate, or grow in order to be resilient and financially sustainable during and post COVID-19. The programme is delivered in partnership by Firstport, Corra Foundation, SCVO, Just Enterprise, Community Enterprise and Social Investment Scotland.

On 24 February the Scottish Government confirmed additional investment for the Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme, which will allow Adapt and Thrive to continue until the end of June 2021.The updated FAQs contain all the information you need to know.

Funding for the Marine, Boating and Outdoor Tourism Sector:

In late December 2020, Sail Scotland, Wild Adventure and Visit Scotland secured a £2.5million fund aimed at ‘restarting’ the sector for Spring 2021. The fund will look to assist businesses in this ‘cost-heavy’ time giving financial support towards some of the essential pre-season costs unique to the sector e.g. recommissioning vessels, visitor moorings and visitor pontoons etc. so the sector is ready to welcome visitors for 2021. The fund is due to be administered by VisitScotland and opened in mid-late January 2021, and further details including how to apply will be available on the financial support area of the Visit Scotland website soon.

SCVO – other funding:

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has listed a variety of funders who are looking to support organisations during the Coronavirus Pandemic. You will need to check the eligibility around each area, but further information can be found here.

Better Places Green Recovery Fund:

The Better Places Green Recovery Fund (Round 1) was launched in December 2021 to help communities and destinations develop plans for pro-active visitor management in nature 'hot spot' locations across Scotland. Round 2 of the fund is now open for applications, to help ensure that services and infrastructure are in place to manage visitor numbers and behaviours during the 2021 season. In this round, funding is available for local authorities, as well as community groups and NGOs.

Up to £2.75 million has been allocated by Scottish Ministers for Round 2 of the fund, with an emphasis on supporting new activity that can be in place for May 2021. The fund will operate over a slightly longer timescale to consider projects which can be ready to support visitor management during the peak of the season. Visit the Nature Scot website or email in the first instance.


Coronavirus employment support is available to businesses: 

  • Loans, tax relief and cash grants are available
  • Employers might be eligible for financial support to pay wages
  • Self-employed people might be eligible for a taxable grant covering 80% of trading profits

What you can do now:

 The UK Government measures to support those who are self-employed can be found here.

The Self-Employment Income Support scheme has been extended with 2 further grants, each available for 3 month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021.


Clubs are strongly recommended to discuss their plans in regards to boating activity, with their insurers and/or insurance brokers. Some clubs have had success in reducing current premiums as their boats are not in the water.

Additional Guidance

sportscotland Guidance

The National Agency for sport has pulled together information to support clubs and community organisations around a number of key areas:

  • Covid-19 and sport FAQ
  • Getting your Facilities Fit for Sport
  • Getting Coaches Ready for Sport
  • Latest Outdoor Sport and Physical Activity Guidance
  • Support for Clubs and Community Sport Organisations
  • COVID Officer Training

Mental Health & Wellbeing

There are some great resources to support us all during the coronavirus pandemic from SAMH for Scotland’s Mental Health. They have pulled together some information on the ‘Coronavirus and Your Mental Wellbeing’. It may be useful to share some of this information with your club members and committees.