Coronavirus: Scottish Crowdfunder Directory

A round-up of the Scottish venues launching crowdfunding campaigns in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic

Feature by Peter Simpson | 20 Mar 2020
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Well, that's that. With the Prime Minister finally ordering the closure of bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants – and the Chancellor offering to cover up to 80% of furloughed employees' wages – it appears that our cultural lives are going into a deep-freeze.

While some of the measures that have been announced will help the cultural businesses we know and love, and the people who work in them, they won't be a magic bullet. Those venues still need our help. This page is a directory of the crowdfunding campaigns launched by some of Scotland's venues to try and keep themselves going – if you're running a crowdfunding campaign, drop us a line on and we'll update this list.

The Diggers
A big favourite of The Skinny staff who live at that end of town, the Gorgie pub is a perfect community boozer – good atmosphere, plenty of room, a great mix of people and good beer. Long may it continue; hopefully this crowdfunder can help.

The Skylark
The Portobello bar is raising money to cover its rent, bills and staff costs amid the coronavirus uncertainty.

Bakery Three.14
One of your favourites in our Food and Drink Survey earlier in the year, the tiny one-woman cafe in the Southside of Edinburgh has launched a Patreon as a way of keeping funding going during the lockdown. There are varying levels of monthly donation with a host of different benefits, from tote bags to entire cakes to eat all to yourself if you so choose.

The Edinburgh bakery and supplier of good vibes is crowdfunding through Patreon as a result of the coronavirus. They're also doing door-to-door cake delivery, details of which can be found on their Instagram.

Food For Good Coalition
A collaboration between a host of Edinburgh chefs, food organisations and groups, including Slow Food Edinburgh and Edinburgh Food Social. FFGC are aiming to prepare and distribute good food to those who need it most across the city, and act as an additional resource for those people who might fall through the cracks in the coming weeks.

The social enterprise cafe does so much to support the Govanhill community, providing work and opportunities for women from refugee and migrant communities. 

Sneaky Pete's
Edinburgh's brilliant 100-capacity nightclub is one of the capital's very best venues, and it's hugely important to the cultural life of the city.

Harmonium, Stereo, The Flying Duck, The 78 and Mono
The fantastic vegan diners offer places to eat and drink, watch live music, and generally have a nice time. These are the kind of places worth supporting. 

Henry's Cellar Bar
The much-loved Edinburgh dive bar and gig venue is hoping to raise funds to help their staff through this trying time.

The Hug & Pint
The gig venue and vegan diner is closed until further notice, with its staff forming the Hug at Home collective to organise home delivery.

The Glad Cafe
The Southside hub are setting up a fund to cover staff in the cafe, venue, Glad Foundation and Glad Rags shop in order to support them while the cafe is closed.