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Funding Overview

Craft Maker Amanda Simmons (photo: courtesy of Craft Scotland)

Creative Scotland distributes funding from two primary sources, the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. This funding is the means by which we support a portfolio of organisations across Scotland, as well as how we help with the development of individuals, funding ideas and projects, and how we deliver specific activity with partners.

During 2014/15, Creative Scotland is changing the way it distributes its funding, with the aim of simplifying the process for individuals and organisations. By October 2014, we are moving towards a suite of three new funding programmes that will replace most of the funding schemes previously offered by Creative Scotland.

As with any process of change, there is a period of transition – when we move from the old model to the new. What follows is a summary of the funding opportunities available during 2014/15, and the key dates for the changes.

New Funding Routes from October 2014

From October, Creative Scotland funding will be as follows: 

  • Regular funding for organisations for at least three years
  • Open project funding for individuals and organisations
  • A small number of targeted development funding programmes aimed at delivering shared goals with partners.

Regular funding

Regular funding seeks to ensure Scotland has 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. Regular funding is one of the key means by which the ambitions, priorities and connecting themes highlighted in the Creative Scotland 10 Year Plan will be addressed. It will provide stable support for a range of organisations/consortia across Scotland who make an important contribution to the development of the arts, screen and creative industries, enabling them to plan and deliver activities over a 3 year period.

Guidelines published:  9 April 2014
Applications accepted from:  9 May 2014
Deadline for applications: 7 July 2014
Decisions reached: End of Oct 2014
Funding awarded:  For period April 2015 – March 2018 

Open project funding

Available to a wide range of organisations and individuals working across Scotland in the arts, screen and creative industries, Open funding will replace most of the project based funding programmes previously operated by Creative Scotland.

Open funding will support a broad spectrum of activity including: creative and professional development; research and development; production; small capital requirements; touring and collaborations; festivals; arts programming; audience development, etc. A full list of activities to be supported through open funding will be set out in the Open Funding Application Guidance, which will be published in the summer of 2014.

Support will be available for projects of different scale and duration with the maximum period of award being set at 2 years. Awards will be in the range £1,000 to £100,000, or, with the prior written consent of Creative Scotland, up to £150,000.

Guidelines published: Summer 2014
Open for applications: October 2014
Funding awarded: From October 2014 (for a period up to 2 years)

Targeted funding:

Targeted funding will address specific activities and development needs in a sector, specialism, and/or geographic area, and will be shaped in response to sectoral reviews, strategic planning and consultation with external partners. Funds allocated by the Scottish Government for specific purposes (such as the Youth Music Initiative, and Cashback for Creativity) and lottery funds for Film and Television development will also come under Targeted Funding.  A small number of targeted programmes will focus on delivering shared strategic goals with partners.

Project Funding until October 2014

Between April and October 2014, Creative Scotland will deliver project funding through the continuation of a selection of existing funding schemes. Applicants should take careful note of the deadline dates for these schemes as they will all close during the summer 2014 (or earlier if the budget is fully allocated) to be replaced by the new single Open Project Funding Programme.

Details of these continuing funds are:

Programmes with an application deadline:

Quality Production - Deadlines: 14 April & 14 July 2014
Touring, Festivals and Arts Programming - Deadline: 19 May 2014
Artists' Bursaries - Deadline: 4 August 2014 

Programmes accepting applications on an ongoing basis or until the budget has been fully allocated:

Public Art Research & Development - Open until 2 May 2014
Public Art Sited - Open until 2 May 2014
Public Engagement - Open until 7 July 2014 *this fund has now been fully allocated
Professional Development - Open until 4 August 2014
International Open until 4 August 2014 *this fund has now been fully allocated
Film & Television - This fund will continue to be available throughout 2014-15.

Additionally Creative Scotland administers a number of specific funding programmes, such as CashBack for Creativity, Innovation, the Edinburgh Festivals EXPO Fund (including Made in Scotland), and the Youth Music Initiative, with money that comes direct from the Scottish Government. Further details on these will be made available shortly.

More Information

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If you want to talk to somebody then you can call our Enquiries Services on 0845 603 6000 or email enquiries@creativescotland.com. Lines are open from 10am-12noon, and 2-4pm Mon-Fri, and outwith these times you can leave a message and we’ll come back to you.