Funding Overview

Craft Maker Amanda Simmons (photo: courtesy of Craft Scotland)

Creative Scotland distributes funding from two primary sources, the Scottish Government and the UK National Lottery. This funding is the means by which we support a portfolio of organisations across Scotland, as well as how we help with the development of individuals, funding ideas and projects, and how we deliver specific activity with partners.

A snapshot of all of ours and our partners funding programme deadlines can be found on the Funding Deadlines page.

Our Funding Routes

Creative Scotland's funding is split into three main types of support, consisting of:

  • Open Fund
    • Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development for organisations
    • Open Fund for Individuals
  • Regular Funding for organisations for at least three years
  • A small number of targeted funds which have specific priorities or shared goals with other agencies. Within this will be a number of funds – sometimes called ‘devolved funds’ - which are delivered by partner organisations on behalf of Creative Scotland.

Details of previous funding programmes can be found in the Funding Archive.

Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development

The Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development was launched in March 2020 in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic to focus support on helping individuals and organisations to sustain themselves.

  • Funding available for between £1k and £100k
  • The fund aims to enable organisations to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances
  • The fund is Open all year round, with no deadlines and can support activity for up to 12 months.

Open Fund for Individuals

The Open Fund for Individuals is one of Creative Scotland’s key funding programmes, supporting the wide range of activity initiated by artists, writers, producers and other creative practitioners in Scotland. The overall budget for this fund in the financial year 2021/22 is £5 million.

Freelance and self-employed artists and creative practitioners living in Scotland who are at least 18 years old can apply.

You can apply for between £500 and £100,000.

There are no deadlines for this fund – you can apply year-round.

Regular Funding

Regular Funding provides stable support for a range of organisations and consortia across Scotland who make an important contribution to the development of the arts, screen and creative industries, enabling them to plan and deliver activities over a 3-year period.

The Regular Funding Network 2018-21 consists of 121 organisations, of which 19 are new and 102 continue with three-year funding, supported by £101.6m Grant in Aid funding through a three-year commitment from the Scottish Government.

Targeted Funds

Targeted Funds are a series of funds which support specific activities and development needs in an art form, specialism, or place. Examples include funds allocated by the Scottish Government for specific purposes (such as the Youth Music Initiative) and UK National Lottery funds such as support for screen. A small number of funding programmes, sometimes called ‘devolved funds’, are delivered by partner organisations

A full list of our targeted funds can be found in our Annual Plan.

More Information

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If you need more information please contact our Enquiries Service using one of the methods outlined on our Contact Us page.