Year of Creative Scotland 2012

Fish Out of Water - Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival (photo: Rob McDougall)

About the Programme

To celebrate the Year of Creative Scotland 2012 we supported a programme of work to help show Scotland’s creativity at its best; contemporary, international and reflecting the joy that a vibrant cultural life brings to our communities.

Overall, we awarded over £6.7 million from our National Lottery funds into making the Year an outstanding experience for audiences and artists. Individuals and organisations were able to apply for funding through the following four strands:

Culture and Tourism
Over £1.8 million was awarded to 42 innovative collaborations between the tourism and culture sectors, to promote Scotland’s creativity on a global platform and raise the country’s profile as a tourist destination.

First in a Lifetime
Creative Scotland awarded over £3.9 million in 36 exceptional projects to increase “first in a lifetime” opportunities for people who do not normally get the chance to participate in creative activity in Scotland.

One Step Further
As part of the celebration and promotion of 2012 as Year of Creative Scotland, we awarded over £500,000 to help 16 existing festivals to enhance their programme.

Creative Place Awards
The Awards aim to celebrate the value of creativity to the social and economic wellbeing of smaller communities across Scotland, and to reward the hard work and imagination of such places. In total, £380,000 was awarded to the three category winners and two recipients of a special award.

With the exception of the Creative Place Awards, these funds are now closed. From September 2014, anyone interested in funding for this sort of activity should now look at the Open Project Fund.

If you require any advice about Creative Scotland funding, please contact the Enquiries Service on 0845 603 6000 (10am-12pm & 2-4pm Mon - Fri, voicemail outwith these hours) or email