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Open Project Funding August 2019 - March 2020

Applications suspended due to Covid-19

We have been listening to your feedback on the impacts of the necessary measures being taken to combat Covid-19.

Our priority at the present time is to ensure our funding best supports our sector through this exceptionally challenging period.

Therefore, there is a need to make changes to our Open Project Funding (OPF) with immediate effect.

We have launched three funding programmes designed to provide further support to sustain the country’s creative community during the COVID-19 outbreak:

You can also see our latest updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice page.

About the Programme

This fund supports artists, groups, and creative organisations based in Scotland who are looking to apply for a wide range of artistic and creative project activity.

The types of activity that this fund will support include:

  • Projects that develop artistic and creative practice and skill
  • Projects creating new work of quality and creative ambition
  • Projects which present work to audiences, or are seeking to understand, develop and reach new audiences
  • Projects which encourage more people to take part in artistic and creative activity, and benefit people across the country.

You can read more about the sorts of things that Open Project Fund can support in the Open Project Fund guidelines.

Who can apply

The fund is open to individual artists, creative practitioners, organisations, groups and networks in the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland.

How much can I apply for?

You can apply for any amount between £1k and £100k – and up to £150k with prior permission. Most of the money in the budget for the Open Project Fund comes from the National Lottery.

What are the deadlines for an application?

Open Project Funding doesn’t have any deadlines and you can apply at any time throughout the year.

However you should apply in plenty of time before you hope to start your project – to enable Creative Scotland to read and make a decision on your application in advance.

If you are looking for less than £15k you must apply at least 8 weeks before the start of your project. If applying for more than this, you must apply at least 12 weeks before you plan to start.

What are my chances of being awarded funding?

The fund is very popular and currently Creative Scotland receives many more applications than we are able to fund. Currently the overall success rate for all applicants is that 42% of those applying are awarded funding (based on all applications received in 2018/19).

We've produced some visuals to show the current volumes of applications we receive and the success rates for the past financial year, and you can view these here (PDF) - so before applying, check if this is the fund for you, and be realistic about your chances of success.

Latest figures: April - December 2019

OPF data

How do I find out more information?

The fund has a set of guidelines which tells you more information about how the fund works, what it will and won’t support, and who can apply. You must read these first.

Once you’ve done that, if you need any more help, please contact our Enquiries Service in the first instance:

Phone: 0345 603 6000*

E-mail:     enquiries@creativescotland.com

If you are a deaf BSL user, you can contact us through the Contact Scotland-BSL programme: www.contactscotland-bsl.org

TypeTalk: 0345 600 6300*

* 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.