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Funding Programmes


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


Creative Scotland funding is open to individuals, groups or organisations to apply for, supporting a wide range of activity in the arts, screen and creative industries. View the programmes below for more information about what each will support and how to apply.

Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development

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.

Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers

Support for creative freelancers working in the arts and creative sector who are experiencing immediate financial hardship due to the loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Screen Hardship Fund

Supports freelance screen practitioners, as well as professional photographers, who are experiencing immediate financial hardship due to the loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

Culture Collective Fund

A fund to support a network of creative practitioners, organisations and communities.

Youth Arts Fund

£3m has been allocated to support youth arts and ensure creative opportunities for children and young people continue to exist across Scotland despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund

Organisations that contribute to the rich and diverse cultural life of Scotland have been significantly impacted by COVID-19. This fund has been established by the Scottish Government to help address their needs.

Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund

A fund designed to support performing arts venues that cannot yet re-open due to the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund

The purpose of the fund is to provide grassroots live music venues in Scotland with the funds to prevent closure and stabilise them.

Regular Funding

Regular funding seeks to ensure Scotland has a breadth and range of arts and creative organisations and sustainable environments through which artists and creative people can deepen and deliver their work, their engagement with the public, and their professional networks.

Targeted Funding

A selection of ring-fenced funds which support specific art forms, specialisms or geographic areas.

Funds Delivered by Partners

As part of our Targeted Funding, these are a selection of funds and development initiatives which are delivered on behalf of Creative Scotland by other organisations.