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Funding Overview


Creative Scotland Funding during Covid-19

Given the unprecedented nature of the situation that we are now facing, we have made some changes to our funding routes.

If you have any queries, please email: enquiries@creativescotland.com


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.

Our Funding Routes

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

  • Regular Funding for organisations for at least three years
  • Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development for individuals and organisations
  • 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.

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.

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 £50k
  • The fund aims to enable individuals and organisations to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances
  • The overall budget for the Open Fund for Individuals and the Open Fund for Organisations totals £7.5m of National Lottery money
  • The Open Fund for Organisations will not be in competition for funding applications for individuals
  • The fund is Open all year round, with no deadlines and can support activity for up to 12 months.

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 CashBack for Creativity ) and UK National Lottery funds such as support for film projects. 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:

  • Phone: 0345 603 6000* (10-12noon and 2-4pm, Mon-Fri, voicemail outwith these hours. Calls are charged at the same rate as calling national 01 or 02 numbers).
  • 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.