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Open Project Funding

About the Programme

This fund supports the arts, screen and creative industries, with projects that help them explore, realise and develop their creative potential, widen access to their work, and enrich Scotland’s reputation as a distinctive creative nation connected to the world.

It launched in 2014, and it was updated/refreshed in 2015/16, and again in August 2019. Access the current live forms and guidance here.

The guidelines and Help Guides from the previous versions of the fund remain available for information and download below.

The Guide to Open Project Funding (2015-2019)

The Guide to Open Project Funding in .pdf format.

Help With Your Application - Up to £15k (2015-2019)

View and download the Up to £15k help guide in pdf format.

Help With Your Application - Over £15k (2015-2019)

View and download the Over £15k help guide in pdf format.

Information Sheet - Help with Budgets

Guidance on budgets and financial information – outlining the key information we need you to provide (in the budget summary, income and cost tables in the application form) and examples of detailed budgets.

Information Sheet - Capital Funding

Guidance if your application contains capital funding – outlining what you can and cannot apply for and the key considerations before you submit an application.

Information Sheet - Festivals

Guidance if your application relates to a festival – outlining what you can apply for and signposting you to other places for further advice and information.

Information Sheet - Touring

Guidance if your application contains touring – outlining what you can apply for, touring within and outwith Scotland and signposting you to other places for further advice and information.

The Guide to Open Project Funding (2014-2015)

The Guide to Open Project Funding 2014-2015, to be used alongside Open Project Funding forms started before the new application forms and guidelines were uploaded in November 2015. Forms using these guidelines will only be accepted until 31 January 2016.

Help With Your Application up to £15k (2014-2015)

Help with your application up to £15k to be used alongside Open Project Funding forms started before the new application forms and guidelines were uploaded in November 2015. Forms using these guidelines will only be accepted up until 31 January 2016.

Help with Your Application Over £15k (2014-2015)

Help with your application over £15k to be used alongside Open Project Funding forms started before the new application forms and guidelines were uploaded in November 2015. Forms using these guidelines will only be accepted up until 31 January 2016.

More Information

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If you require any help in identifying which fund is the most appropriate for your needs, contact our Enquiries Service.

Call 0345 603 6000, email enquiries@creativescotland.com, or fill out a contact form. Phone lines are open from 10-12 noon and 2-4 pm, Mon-Fri, with voicemail outwith these hours.