Nurturing Talent Fund: New Routes

Nurturing Talent Fund: New Routes

Applications closed

Details of the recipients of the Youth Arts Access Fund and Nurturing Talent Fund: New Routes were announced on Thursday 18 February.


In August 2020, the Scottish Government announced that the culture and heritage sectors in Scotland were to benefit from a £59m funding package to protect jobs and help the industry weather the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

As part of this announcement £3m was allocated to support youth arts and ensure creative opportunities for children and young people continue to exist across Scotland despite the COVID-19 pandemic, including a £50k boost to the Nurturing Talent Fund to provide opportunities to young, emerging artists who are entering a challenging funding environment.

Following a review of awards to date, we are interested in testing out approaches to nurturing talent for some of the young people who are currently under-represented in Nurturing Talent Fund awards to date. Specifically we are looking for partners who can help us reach:

  • Young artists from care experienced backgrounds
  • Young artists from rural communities and local authorities we get fewer applications from, specifically: Angus, West Dunbartonshire, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, and Fife.
  • Young disabled artists, or young people who need additional support.

We are looking to work with three organisations who can each manage a Nurturing Talent Fund that explores how to work with young people from the priority groups above to deliver:

  • Direct support for young people to undertake their own self-directed creative or artistic project or activity
  • A youth-led decision-making process for applications and awards.

Organisations do not have to be arts-based, but they should be able to demonstrate a commitment to supporting children and young people to access the arts and who can demonstrate:

  • how they can reach children and young people who are not currently accessing formal arts opportunities through their networks
  • how they will manage a funding process that supports activity across artforms
  • how their proposed approach will be open to applications or proposals directly from children or young people

Proposals from organisations with specific geographic areas of focus are welcome, provided they can demonstrate their reach with one of the priority groups.

A total of £16,600 is available per organisation to deliver between February and December 2021.


This call is live from Thursday 3 December 2020.

The deadline for submissions of expressions of interest is 5pm on Friday 8 January 2021.

We anticipate confirming awards to external delivery partners w/c 25 January 2021.

Selected partners should aim to deliver the funding between February and December 2021.

How to apply

If you are interested, please use the form below to submit an Expression of Interest, providing details of your organisation's status and ability to deliver the funding to the targeted groups. If you would like to discuss this opportunity in more detail please contact

Expressions of Interest must be submitted to no later than 5pm on Friday 8 January 2021.


Nurturing Talent Fund Expressions of Interest Form

Download the Nurturing Talent Fund Expressions of Interest Form in .docx format