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CashBack for Creativity Open Fund launches

Published: 29 Nov 2017

Awards of up to £10,000 available to support high quality creative and cultural activities for young people across Scotland. Deadline: 13:00 on Monday 22 January 2018

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Applications opened today to the CashBack for Creativity Open Fund, administered by YouthLink Scotland and funded by Creative Scotland. The Fund offers creative learning opportunities for young people to access a range of high-quality arts, screen and creative industries activities.

The CashBack for Creativity programme aims to tackle inequality by removing barriers to access and provision of arts and creative experiences for young people, aged 10-24 regardless of background or situation. The programme is funded by the Scottish Government through the CashBack for Communities programme which redistributes the proceeds of crime to benefit young people.

This Fund provides essential creative opportunities to Scotland’s young people to have fun in their communities while raising their aspirations for future employment and building confidence and self-esteem.- Laura Black, Arts Officer - CashBack for Creativity

£250,000 is available to support community-based arts projects in this round, with individual proposals being able to access awards of up to £10,000, to deliver up to 12 months of creative activity for young people.

The fund is administered by YouthLink Scotland and will have a further round of funding in November 2018.

Laura Black, Arts Officer - CashBack for Creativity, Creative Scotland, commented: “We’re excited to launch the second round of the CashBack for Creativity Open Fund delivered in partnership with YouthLink Scotland. CashBack for Communities provides essential creative opportunities to Scotland’s young people to have fun in their communities while raising their aspirations for future employment and building confidence and self-esteem. Round One of this fund supported over 34 projects, providing access to hundreds of young people who are now producing, creating and exhibiting their own work. For many this is the first time they’ve accessed creative opportunities.”

Jim Sweeney MBE, CEO YouthLink Scotland, The National Agency for Youth Work, said: “The role of the Arts in broadening young people’s horizons should never be underestimated. It is often through the power of creative experiences that young people realise there is a positive path in life and they can achieve their ambitions despite difficult circumstances they may face. CashBack is an investment in the next generation and a mark of a society that values all its young people.”

About CashBack for Creativity

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CashBack for Creativity is funded through the CashBack for Communities programme to deliver multi-art form activities to young people across Scotland. CashBack for Communities is a Scottish Government programme which takes funds recovered from the proceeds of crime and invests them into free activities and programmes for young people across Scotland.

Creative Scotland has been a delivery partner of the project since its inception in 2008 and over 40,000 young people across the country have participated in the programme so far. The programme runs until March 2020, and the following has so far been distributed across two strands:

  • £1.5m was awarded to 15 projects in September 2017, each receiving up to £120k, to support a three-year programme of activity through the Targeted Fund.
  • £250,000 was awarded to 34 projects in September 2017, each receiving up to £10k to deliver high quality arts activities for up to 12 months through the CashBack Open Fund. This fund is administered by Youth Link Scotland and will have further deadlines.

See details of projects supported so far.

About the CashBack for Creativity Open Fund

Three Rounds of the Fund will run across the three years of the CashBack for Communities programme (2017 – 2020) with a total of £250k available in each Round:

  • Round One July 2017 – March 2018: See details of the 34 projects supported during Round One
  • Round Two: April 2018 – February 2019: Applications open Wednesday 29 November 2017 and close on Monday, 22 January 2018.
  • Round Three: April 2019 – February 2020: Applications open November 2018 TBC