Open Project Funding
About the Programme
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:
- 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
- Projects which encourage more people to get involved in artistic and creative activity.
Support will be available for activity and projects of different size and scale – and for up to 2 years in duration.
Who can apply
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.
Deadlines and turnaround times
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.
For applications up to £15,000
Decisions will take up to 8 working weeks from the date we receive your application form.
For applications over £15,000
Decisions will take up to 12 working weeks from the date we receive your application form.
For applications over £100,000 (up to a maximum of £150,000)
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.
View and download the guide in pdf format.
Download the Up to £15k application form in MS Word format.
View and download the Up to £15k help guide in pdf format.
Download the Over £15k application form in MS Word format.
View and download the Over £15k help guide in pdf format.
Download the Over £100k request form in MS Word format.
Guidance on budgets and financial information – outlining the key information we need you to provide (in the budget summary, income and cost tables in the application form) and examples of detailed budgets.
Guidance if your application contains capital funding – outlining what you can and cannot apply for and the key considerations before you submit an application.
Guidance if your application relates to a festival – outlining what you can apply for and signposting you to other places for further advice and information.
Guidance if your application contains touring – outlining what you can apply for, touring within and outwith Scotland and signposting you to other places for further advice and information.
Regularly Funded Organisations need permission before applying for Open Project Funding. Download the Approval to Apply Form.
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If you require any help in identifying which fund is the most appropriate for your needs, contact our Enquiries Service.
Call 0845 603 6000, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out a contact form. Phone lines are open from 10-12 noon and 2-4 pm, Mon-Fri, with voicemail outwith these hours.