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CashBack for Creativity Programme

CashBack for Creativity

About the Programme

CashBack for Creativity was a programme funded by the Scottish Government's CashBack for Communities programme. It offered young people (10 - 24 years) across Scotland the opportunity to engage in creative and cultural activity. It provided 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.

The CashBack for Creativity programme ran for 10 years, ending in 2020. You can read more about the programme through the annual reports and evaluations which are available on our website.

In the final phase of the programme (from 2017-20) it administered funding via two routes:

1. The CashBack for Creativity Open Fund

The CashBack for Creativity Open Fund created 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 was administered by YouthLink Scotland, working on behalf of Creative Scotland. The final round of the fund closed on 25 January 2019. For more information about the fund, go to the YouthLink Scotland website.

2. The CashBack for Creativity Targeted Fund

The CashBack for Creativity Targeted Fund delivered a programme of engagement, learning, development and progression activities for young people in areas of deprivation across Scotland. The Fund is 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. The projects supported for three years from 2017-20 were announced in September 2017. Read more about the 15 organisations supported.


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.

SPFL Music Box talk about opportunities for music-making

SPFL Music Box is a youth music project taking place at 14 professional football clubs across Scotland delivered by the Scottish Professional Football League Trust.

Published: 20 Mar 2014

CashBack for Creativity

CashBack for Creativity is part of the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities initiative, which has seen over £45 million recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act, reinvested back into communities to benefit Scotland’s young people.

Published: 04 Mar 2014

Justice Secretary joins with stars of rock and football to handover Fender guitars for young Scottish musicians

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, leading Scottish rock musicians and a Football legend came together today at Hibernian Football Club to present young musicians with guitars donated by the Fender Music Foundation to a programme funded by monies seized from criminals.

Published: 18 Feb 2014

SPL Music Box is Back

After a highly successful first year, SPL Music Box is back. Over the course of the next 12 months, SPL Music Box, which is supported by Creative Scotland’s CashBack for Creativity Programme, will provide young people aged 10-16 with a chance to take part in free music making workshops at (...)

Published: 14 Feb 2014

Legendary Glaswegian photojournalist Harry Benson inspires young CashBack for Creativity participants with history of his work

Legendary Glaswegian photojournalist Harry Benson today delivered a presentation of his work to CashBack for Creativity participants and young people interested in photography, including students from schools, Higher Education and Further Education institutions.

Published: 14 Feb 2014