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Who Can Apply?

Our Funding Programmes are open to either individual artists and creative people, groups such as arts organisations and cultural agencies, or a mixture of both. Many of the programmes will have specific details and exclusions on who can and cannot apply, and if you are considering making an application to one of our funds, we would encourage you to check the specific guidelines first. In general however, the list below outlines the sorts of individuals and organisations who are eligible to apply for funding. 


Individuals who can apply for funding:

Artists or Creative Practitioners

  • Individuals working at a professional level in the arts, screen and creative industries and who are based in Scotland (unless otherwise indicated in the specific programme you are applying to).  Individuals must have their principal home in Scotland, as opposed to having a residence in Scotland, which is used on an occasional basis.

Creative Groups

  • Bands, groups, ensembles.
  • Partnerships where two or more people always work together on projects as one collaborative unit.

Professional Collaborations

  • Individuals can apply jointly for funding, however one will have to take the lead and assume responsibility for managing the application and any funding awarded. The funding will be in the person's name, unless you operate your joint practice under a group name.
  • Individuals working collaboratively will need to provide Creative Scotland with evidence of a partnership agreement.


  • Organisations may apply for some funds, such as Professional Development, on behalf of an individual.


Individuals who cannot apply:

  • Individuals who are not based in Scotland.
  • Students in full-time formal education (ie 16 hours or more per week) at the date of the project start. Applications may be considered from individuals who are working at a professional level within the arts and film sector, undertaking a part-time course of study, however, this will depend on the nature of your project and how it relates to your course. We cannot fund any activity which is related to courses of formal education or which leads to a formal qualification.
  • Individuals working in the museums or heritage sector, unless you can demonstrate that the main benefit of the project will be to a creative area supported by Creative Scotland.
  • Academics or other education professionals seeking professional development funding.


Organisations which can apply for funding:

Registered Charities

  • Registered charities and other non-profit making organisations.

Public Sector Agencies

  • If the arts activity is outwith your day-to-day work.


  • Schools should apply in the name of their local authority, if the arts activity is clearly outwith the normal curriculum and there is significant professional artistic input which will result in the production of new work, as well as clear public benefit.

Artists' Group

  • As long as you already have an appropriate management structure in place, a written constitution and dedicated banking arrangements.

Commercial Organisations

  • You must clearly demonstrate that your project will promote the public good and will not be solely for private or commercial gain.

Sole Traders

  • You must show that your project will promote the public good and will not be for private or commercial gain.


  • Groups of organisations working together.

Joint Organisations

  • One of the organisations must take the lead and assume responsibility for managing the application and any form of support. The lead organisation must keep this role throughout the project. Once we have made an award, we cannot change the lead organisation to which the funding has been paid.
  • Joint organisations working in collaboration have to provide Creative Scotland with a partnership agreement.

Organisations based outside Scotland

  • We will accept applications from organisations outside of Scotland to some of our funding programmes, where there the project clearly demonstrates it will benefit audiences and/or participants in Scotland.  Please check the specific eligibility within the guidelines for the relevant funding programme.

Regularly Funded Organisations

  • Organisations who receive regular funding from Creative Scotland may be able to apply, however they must consult their lead officer before making an application, and demonstrate that their application is for activity which is additional to their regular activity.  

Local Authorities, Cultural and Leisure Trusts

  • Local authorities (and cultural and leisure trusts who deliver services on behalf of the local authority) may be able to apply, however they should check the specific guidance for the relevant funding programme.
  • Local authorities and trusts will be asked to demonstrate in their application that the funding they are applying for is additional and not substitution for their own investment.