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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 UK 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.

Our Funding Routes

During 2014/15, Creative Scotland introduced a new, simpler model of funding, consisting of:

  • Regular Funding for organisations for at least three years
  • Open Project Funding for individuals and organisations
  • A small number of targeted development funding programmes which have specific priorities or shared goals with other agencies. Within this will be a number of funds – sometimes called ‘devolved funds’ - which are delivered by partner organisations on behalf Creative Scotland.

Details of previous funding programmes can be found in the Funding Archive.

Regular Funding

Regular Funding provides stable support for a range of organisations and 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.

The deadline to apply for Regular Funding 2015-2018 has now passed.

The next round of Regular Funding (2018-2021) will open in 2017.

Open Project Funding

Open Project Funding is available to both individuals and organisations working across Scotland in the arts, screen and creative industries, and supports a wide range of projects and activity including:

  • Projects that develop skills or artistic practice
  • Projects that create something new and of high quality
  • Projects which either present work to audiences, or which try to develop and reach new  audiences (including those hard to reach)
  • Projects which encourage more people to get involved in artistic and creative activity

Support is available for activity and projects of different size, scale and duration – and for up to 2 years in duration. Funding can be awarded for between £1,000 and £150,000.

Targeted Funds

Targeted Funds are a series of funds which support specific activities and development needs in an art form, specialism, or place. Examples include funds allocated by the Scottish Government for specific purposes (such as the Youth Music Initiative, and CashBack for Creativity) and UK National Lottery funds such as support for film projects. A small number of funding programmes, sometimes called ‘devolved funds’, are delivered by partner organisations.

A full list of our targeted funds can be found in our Annual Plan.

More Information

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If you want to talk to somebody 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.