This fund supports the arts, screen and creative industries, with projects that help them explore, realise and develop their creative potential, widen access to their work, and enrich Scotland’s reputation as a distinctive creative nation connected to the world. We want to encourage applicants to generate great ideas and projects that we can then help them to make happen.
These ideas can cover a broad spectrum of activity, and Open Project Funding will support:
Support will be available for activity and projects of different size and scale – and for up to 2 years in duration.
Open Project Funding is open to both individuals and organisations to apply to.
The overall budget for 2016-17 is approximately £11m, coming predominantly from National Lottery funds.
You can apply for funding from £1,000 to £100,000. We will also consider applications up to £150,000 by exception and only with prior written approval.
Open Project Funding is a continuous programme, meaning that you can make an application at any time throughout the year and there are no deadlines. You will however need to allow enough time between when you apply and when you plan to start your project to allow Creative Scotland to undertake the assessment of your proposal.
Please note: due to the Christmas Public Holidays, Creative Scotland is closed between Friday 23 December 2016 and Tuesday 3 January 2017. This will impact on all Open Project Funding applications received as detailed below. Our offices will reopen on Wednesday 4 January 2017 and any applications received during the Christmas holiday period will be logged as being received on Wednesday 4 January 2017 and will then be processed as normal.
Decisions will take up to 8 working weeks from the date we receive your application form. However, due to the Christmas Public Holidays, all Under £15k applications received between Wednesday 2 November and Friday 23 December will take up to 2 additional working weeks for you to receive your decision.
Decisions will take up to 12 working weeks from the date we receive your application form. However, due to the Christmas Public Holidays, all Over £15k applications received between Wednesday 5 October and Friday 23 December will take up to 2 additional working weeks for you to receive your decision.
You will need to seek prior approval from Creative Scotland before applying. If approval is given, decisions will take up to 12 working weeks from the date we receive your application form.
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