The SFA has announced it is pledging £1.5million to its member clubs, amid the shutdown of football caused for the Coronavirus pandemic.
The SPFL is on hold for the foreseeable future as the world takes measures to control the virus.
With no ticket sales, many of Scotland’s clubs are facing financial difficulty, with the likes of Raith Rovers and Partick Thistle already calling on the help of their supporters for donations.
The governing body has now moved to offer lifelines for its member clubs ‘via club academy and club licensing’, money that was originally supposed to be payable at the end of the season.
President Rod Petrie said: “I am pleased to announce the immediate cash payments to members of Club Licensing and Club Academy Scotland amounts which were budgeted to be paid later this year.
“Given the financial uncertainty faced by clubs, we have looked at areas of distribution where we can accelerate and pay now, rather than wait to pay on the usual distribution dates.
“The combined amount forward funded in this way is approximately £1.5 million, which we believe will be of great support to clubs who face uncertainty and, worse still, a significant loss of revenue as a result of the impact of coronavirus in Scotland.”
According to the governing body’s official website, funds are to reach clubs ‘in the next 24 hours’.