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CashBack for Creativity Programme

CashBack for Creativity

About the Programme

CashBack for Creativity is a programme funded by the Scottish Government's CashBack for Communities programme. It offers young people (10 - 24 years) across Scotland the opportunity to engage in creative and cultural activity. It provides high quality learning and developmental activities across all art forms which improve the skills and confidence of young people, raise attainment and aspirations, and provide pathways for further learning, training, education and employment.

Funding Situation in 2017/18

The CashBack for Creativity programme has been awarded a total of £2.6m for Phase 4 which will run from April 2017 to March 2020. The programme will be supported by two funds in 2017/18:

1. The CashBack for Creativity Open Fund

The CashBack for Creativity Open Fund creates opportunities for a range of organisations, working in collaboration with artists across the country, to apply for funding of up to £10k to deliver high quality arts activities for up to 12 months. This fund is administered by Youthlink Scotland, working on behalf of Creative Scotland. For more information about the fund, go to the Youthlink Scotland website.

The deadline 2017/18 has now passed. The fund will reopen in late 2018 (the deadline is usually in January).

2. The CashBack for Creativity Targeted Fund

The CashBack for Creativity Targeted Fund will deliver a programme of engagement, learning, development and progression activities for young people in areas of deprivation across Scotland. The Fund will be delivered through a portfolio of projects / programmes, with applicant organisations able to apply for up to £120k to support work for up to three years in duration. Please read the below guidelines for further details.

The deadline for applications for the CashBack for Creativity Targeted Fund has passed - and the projects supported for three years from 2017-20 were announced in September 2017. To read more about the 15 organisations supported, click here.


Cashback for Creativity Open Fund Guidance and Criteria

Download the Guidance and Criteria for Round 2 of the CashBack for Creativity Open Fund, in Word format.

CashBack for Creativity Phase 4 Targeted Fund Application Guidelines

Download the CashBack for Creativity Phase 4 (2017 – 2020) Targeted Fund Application Guidelines in PDF format.

Further Information

If you would like more information about CashBack for Creativity, you can contact Laura Black by email on laura.black@creativescotland.com.

If you have any more general questions about funding, please contact the Enquiries Service on 0345 603 6000* (10am-12pm & 2-4pm Mon - Fri, voicemail outwith these hours) or email enquiries@creativescotland.com.
* Please note: Calls to our 0345 number are charged at the same rate as calling national 01 or 02 numbers. Approximate charges are up to 9p per minute from landlines and between 3p – 55p per minute from mobiles. However, calls to this number are also part of inclusive allowances. Please check with your phone line provider for exact charges.

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Latest stories from CashBack

CashBack for Creativity Phase 3 Interim Report

An independent interim report on phase 3 of the Cashback for Creativity programme.

Published: 15 Nov 2016

Cashback for Creativity inspires young people across Scotland

Over £900,000 support for high quality arts and creative activities for young people across Scotland.

Published: 23 Mar 2016

Evaluation of Cashback for Creativity Phase 2

An independent evaluation report on phase 2 of the Cashback for Creativity programme.

Published: 14 Sep 2015

14 Organisations Awarded £800,000 Cashback for Creativity Funding

CashBack for Creativity today announces that 14 organisations across Scotland will benefit from CashBack for Creativity Strategic funding from 2014-16, as part of Phase 3 of the programme.

Published: 05 Nov 2014

Cashback for Creativity Phase 3 Launched Today

Today, Thursday 17 July, 2014, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop joined young filmmakers, musicians and dancers who are developing their career skills thanks to the confiscated funds from criminal activity.

Published: 17 Jul 2014