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Funding Archive

This section contains an archive of funding programmes previously offered by Creative Scotland, as well as funds and developmental programmes Creative Scotland has previously funded with other partners. Please note that all the funds contained within this section are no longer open to applications or supported by Creative Scotland. Visit the Funding Programmes page to see an up-to-date summary of programmes presently open to applications.

2014/15 Funded Clients and Organisations

Funding awarded to Annual Clients, Foundation Organisations and Programme Organisations in 2014/15.

20 for 14 Fund

The 20 for 14 Fund was aimed at giving individual artists a voice and profile within the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme by supporting the development of new work responding to, or reflecting upon, the unique cultural, social, political and historical contexts of the Commonwealth and Glasgow’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

Alt-w Fund

New Media Scotland's Alt-w Fund has supported practitioners based in Scotland to make and develop new artworks, devices and creative applications that challenge the notions of what new media creativity can be. This fund has run since 2001 and the last round of funding ran in 2015/16.

Artists' Bursaries

The purpose of the Artists' Bursaries programme was to provide artists and other creative professionals time and resources to develop their practice. It was open to individuals at any stage in their career.

Audience Development Programme

The Audience Development Programme delivered by Film Hub Scotland supported members with projects that grew audiences and increased engagement with a diverse range of cinema. The last funding deadline was Feb 2016

Creative Futures

Creative Futures supported the establishment of programmes of professional development activity that existed to benefit a number of people. This included activities like artist's residencies, exploratory investigations, inter-disciplinary exchanges, cross-sectorial collaborations and other developmental activity.

Creative Internships

The Arts and Creative Industries Graduate Internships programme was created in partnership by Creative Scotland and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO). This programme was designed to create and fund paid internships in third sector organisations and small businesses across the Scottish arts and creative industries.

Creative in your Community Youth Arts Fund

As part of Time to Shine, this fund was administered by the Highland Youth Arts Hub to support youth arts projects taking place in the Highlands. Grants of up to £500 (for individuals) and £1000 (for groups) were available. The last deadline was in July 2016.

Creative Place Awards

The Creative Place Awards ran between 2012 and 2015 and recognised local communities where people worked together to celebrate and promote their town, village or area through the arts and culture.

Creative Spaces Development Fund

As part of the Creative Scotland Place Partnership with Aberdeen City, this fund supported the start-up of new production spaces for creative industries practitioners in Aberdeen.

Cultural Economy

The Cultural Economy programme aimed to develop the cultural economy by building the long-term organisational resilience and financial sustainability of the cultural and creative sector in Scotland.

Equalities Go and See Fund

The Equalities Go & See fund was administered by engage Scotland and supported by Creative Scotland. Go & See supported individuals working in creative organisations across the arts in Scotland to go and see good practice in delivering equality and diversity in the arts.

Feature Expanded

Feature Expanded was open to visual artists who were developing their first feature film project intended for theatrical distribution. Creative Scotland supported one bursary to a Scottish-based visual artist covering 100% of the fee and travel to take part in 2016.

Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme

In the run-up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, a total of £4million was made available for individual artists, community-led groups and arts organisations to apply for awards ranging from £20,000 - £300,000.

Honeycomb Honeypot Fund

The Honeycomb Honeypot was a £3.5m fund from Northern Ireland which supported Irish and west Scotland digital content production and projects. The last deadline for the fund was in 2014.

Imagining Natural Scotland

Imagining Natural Scotland was a major new interdisciplinary project for the Year of Natural Scotland 2013. Initiated by Creative Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and the University of St Andrews, it explored the interplay between the natural world and its representation, and promoted deep collaboration and knowledge exchange between the creative and scientific sectors.

Innovation Programme

The Innovation Programme aimed to foster distinctive and engaging work which used digital technologies, where they interacted with music, film, publishing, visual arts or other creative industries.

International Programme 2011-2014

The purpose of the International Programme was to enable high quality work from Scotland to be promoted and presented effectively overseas.

Large Capital

Large Capital funding supported organisations to improve, refurbish and/or develop cultural facilities which offered enhanced access to, or the presentation and enjoyment of, the arts and film. The programme also provided funding for the renewal and refreshment of equipment.

LGBT History Month 2016 – Cultural Commissions

Between 2012-16, Creative Scotland have supported LGBT History Month Scotland to seek artists to carry out a commission relating to LGBT history.

Liet International European Minority Language Song Competition

Delivered by Hands Up for Trad in 2014/15, this competition awarded a singer or band support to travel to Liet International to represent Scotland and perform an original Gaelic or Scots composition at the event.

Micro-funding for Community Cinemas

This fund supported small volunteer-run exhibition organisations, such as film societies and community cinemas, to apply for small awards to enhance their programmes and develop new audiences. The last deadline for the fund was in 2015.

National Youth Arts Fund

The National Youth Arts Fund was established in late 2013 to support the development of a number of hubs to explore innovative models of youth arts provision across a range of art forms.

New Arts Sponsorship Grants

The Scottish Government Department of Culture made funding available to Arts & Business Scotland via Creative Scotland to encourage new business sponsorship of the arts within Scotland. This fund ended in 2017 and was replaced by the new Culture and Business Fund.

Open Project Funding 2014/2015

Open Project Funding was launched in October 2014 and was updated with new guidance in November 2015. This section contains access to the original 2014/15 guidance and help materials.

Production Guild - Assistant Co-ordinator Training

This course is designed to equip early-career staff working in film and television – including juniors, runners or production assistants - with the skills to move their production career forward. Bursary support was provided by Creative Skillset and Creative Scotland in 2015/16.

Professional Development

The purpose of the Professional Development fund was to enable artists and other creative professionals to develop their skills and/or professional practice nationally and internationally.

Public Art Research and Development

This fund supported the initial research and scoping of a public art project. It recognised the diversity of public art and aimed to support projects across a range of media and disciplines.

Public Art Sited

The purpose of this fund was to enable the development and production of high quality public art projects that bring artists, people and places together.

Public Engagement

The purpose of the Public Engagement programme was to address persistent inequalities in arts provision, to widen participation and address barriers to engagement in high quality arts.

Quality Production

The purpose of the Quality Production fund was to support the development and creation of high quality work that has a clearly described public outcome.

Regular Funding 2015-18

Regular Funding supports a breadth and range of arts and creative organisations and sustainable environments through which artists and creative people can deepen and deliver their work, their engagement with the public, and their professional networks.

Screen Sector Skills Fund

In early 2015, the Scottish Government announced a new £1m Screen Skills Fund to supports programmes and initiatives, in partnership with industry and other public bodies, which directly addressed four priority areas across the screen sector, including development, production, exhibition, and distribution. The fund was administered by Creative Scotland during 2015.

Sheffield Documentary Festival – Scottish Delegation

Funded by Creative Scotland, and managed by the Scottish Documentary Institute, this opportunity allowed emerging documentary talent from Scotland to apply to be part of the Scottish Delegation at Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Small Capital

Small Capital funding supported organisations to improve, refurbish and/or develop cultural facilities which offered enhanced access to, or the presentation and enjoyment of, the arts and film.

SXSW Funding

SXSW is the largest music industry conference and festival in the world. This programme supported artists and music professionals to attend and perform as part of a Scottish showcase.

Starter for 6

Starter for 6 is Scotland’s premier start-up and investment programme for creative industry entrepreneurs.Originated by Nesta, the programme has been produced and delivered by the Cultural Enterprise Office since 2009. It paused for applications in 2016.

Step Ahead Mentorship Programme

Step Ahead was a bespoke mentoring programme, delivered by the Centre for the Moving Image in partnership with Film Hub Scotland and funded by Creative Scotland’s Screen Skills Fund to support film exhibition professionals in Scotland. The last deadline was in 2015.

Talent Incubators

The Talent Incubators fund supported organisations or consortia to offer business development support to creative practitioners - creating an environment for creative practitioners to develop their ideas and entrepreneurial potential.

Touring, Festivals and Arts Programming

The purpose of the Touring, Festivals and Arts Programming Fund was to enable people across Scotland to have access to a wide range of high quality arts activities through regular programming, touring and festivals.

Traditional Arts Commissioning

Traditional Arts Commissioning supported new commissions of Traditional Arts activity, of various scales and art forms (including film and digital platforms), and that could be performed and/or exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally.

Trad Arts Mentoring

In 2012/13, Creative Scotland supported specific activities to help strengthen and develop the traditional arts sector in Scotland – which led to the development of specific funding initiatives for the traditional arts such as the Small Traditional Arts Fund, the Traditional Arts Mentoring Fund, and Traditional Arts Commissioning Fund.

TTS.Digital

TTS.Digital was a fund to support projects which set out to inspire digital creativity in young people.

UK Tax Credit Advance Facility Guidance

The purpose of the UK Tax Credit Advance Facility was to assist film producers to move their projects into production by securing this element of financing - enabling them to use a greater proportion of the UK Tax Credit on the creative realisation of their projects.

Unlimited Programme

Unlimited is a scheme to fund art by disabled artists, and support the work so that is seen by diverse audiences.

Year of Creative Scotland 2012

To celebrate the Year of Creative Scotland 2012 we supported a programme of work to help show Scotland’s creativity at its best; contemporary, international and reflecting the joy that a vibrant cultural life brings to our communities.

Year of Natural Scotland Open Fund

In celebration of the Year of Natural Scotland a joint Creative Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage budget of £500,000 was made available for projects proposed by environmental or creative sector organisations.

Youth Arts Hubs

The £3.5million Youth Arts Hub Development Fund supported partnerships between national and regional youth arts and youth service providers, to deliver youth arts provision across a range of art forms.

Youth Business Scotland

In 2013/14 Creative Scotland supported The Princes Trust to deliver Youth Business Scotland - a programme to help young entrepreneurs who had business idea relating to the creative industries with start up loans and business support.

Youth Employment Programme - Traineeships

In 2014-15, Creative Scotland supported arts organisations to employ a 1-year, full-time traineeship. The Traineeship was aimed at 20-30 year olds who were finding barriers to developing a career in the arts though lack of opportunity.