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Regular Funding

Regular Funding 2018-21

About the Programme

Regular Funding is one of Creative Scotland’s three routes to funding for arts, screen and creative organisations. Regularly Funded Organisations (RFOs) are a network of organisations across Scotland which, individually and collectively, form an important part of Scotland’s cultural sector, making a significant contribution to society: creatively, socially and economically.

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. Regular Funding provides 3-year funding for organisations, and 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 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 first round of Regular Funding is now supporting our portfolio of 118 organisations receiving Regular Funding for 2015-18.

A second round of Regular Funding will provide funding for a network of organisations from April 2018 to March 2021.

Budget Available

We do not know at this stage what future Regular Funding budgets will be, however we have decided to open for applications now to enable enough time for the application, assessment and decision-making process. We will not make final decisions prior to receiving budget confirmation from the Scottish Government – currently expected in Autumn 2017.

The minimum amount you can apply for through Regular Funding will be £150k over three years per organisation/consortium. There is no maximum amount, but given the limited resources likely to be available, please be realistic about the amount you are requesting.

The budget may comprise a mixture of Scottish Government and National Lottery funding.


The guidance and forms for the next round of Regular Funding 2018-2021 were published below in October 2016. We opened for receipt of applications on 16 January 2017 and the closing date for applications is 3 April 2017.

More Information

We recommend that any organisation thinking of applying for Regular Funding should read the below guidance and FAQs fully before contacting us. We will update the FAQs on an ongoing basis, shaped by the nature of the enquiries we receive.

We also held a series of Regular Funding Information Sessions across Scotland in December 2016 and January 2017 for interested applicants - we took the most common questions from these and fed them into our FAQs.

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 get back to you.

Downloads & FAQs

Regular Funding Programme 2018-21 - Application Guidance

Download the guidance in PDF format. Any organisation thinking of applying should read this guidance fully before contacting us.

Regular Funding 2018-21 - Appendix 1: Business Plan Guidance

Download guidance on the information we want to see in your Business Plan.

Regular Funding 2018-21 - Appendix 2: Financial Pro-forma

Download the financial pro-forma as an Excel file, for you to record the information we require.

Regular Funding 2018-21 - Appendix 3: Connecting Themes Guidance

Download guidance on our Connecting Themes (Creative Learning, Digital, Environment, and Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion) in PDF format.

Regular Funding 2018-21 - Application Form

Download the Application Form for Regular Funding 2018-21, in Word format.

Regular Funding FAQs

A collection of frequently asked questions relating to regular funding. These will be updated and added to as we receive more questions. Last updated 10 March 2017.

Rates of Pay Guidance

Our Rates of Pay Guidance gathers together key sources of guidance on industry standards, union rates and codes of practice from key lead bodies.