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Bridging Bursary

Bridging Bursary for the Arts and Creative Sector


The Bridging Bursary (Arts and Creative) Fund is now closed

Thank you to everyone who has made a request to the funding programme. We are currently processing all requests and responding to all as soon as possible and within the four-week timeframe indicated.

Requests for the Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary are also now closed.



Overview

In the midst of the very serious personal and professional implications felt by all in the current environment, our first priority at Creative Scotland has been to do everything we can to help safeguard the future of the arts, screen and creative industries and provide funding and support which responds to the immediate impact of Covid-19.

As part of our Covid-19 response, on Friday 27 March we launched a Bridging Bursary Programme to provide financial support to individuals who are unable to sustain their creative work and practice in these extremely challenging times.

The Bridging Bursary Programme was in two strands:

  • A £2m Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund to help sustain freelance creative professionals who had lost earnings due to the cancelation of work as a result of COVID-19.
  • A parallel £1.5m Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund for freelance or self-employed screen practitioners who had lost income from their work due to COVID-19.

Having launched the funds on Friday 27 March, both programmes were open for requests from Monday 30 March.

The volume of requests for the Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary was such that we took the decision to pause applications to that fund on Thursday 2 April at 6pm.

This was to ensure that funds remained for those who required extra time to make their application or for those have been unable to make an application this week due to having Covid-19.

Information on the first phase of Bridging Bursary requests

The below information relates to the Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary requests between 30 March and 2 April.

865 people (81% of those requesting support) received bursaries of between £500-£2,500.

865 people received awards, 81% of the total number of requests were approved in phase 1.

£1,552,081 has been awarded, this was a combination of existing funding from The National Lottery and Grant in Aid (Scottish Government).

£1,552,081 (80%) was awarded out of £1,932,684

Decisions were made purely on eligibility, this was not a competitive process, those requesting funds were either eligible under the criteria of the funding programme or ineligible.

Bridging Bursary Phase 1 Awards by Artform:

Bridging Bursary phase 1 awards by artform. Crafts: £99,166 (58 requests, 52 awards), Creative Learning: £52,598 (35 requests, 29 awards), Dance: £71,406 (47 requests, 42 awards), Design: £40,158 (46 requests, 23 awards), Digital: £9,785 (22 requests, 7 awards), Literature: £41,806 (32 requests, 24 awards), Multi-Art Form: £165,848 (130 requests, 93 awards), Music: £416,974 (273 requests, 217 awards), Theatre: £249,365 (175 requests, 150 awards), Visual Arts: £404,975 (249 requests, 228 awards)

Funds have been made to people in every local authority area in Scotland.

Bridging Bursary Phase 1 Awards by Local Authority Area:

Local Authority Area

Requests

Value Requested

Requests Approved

Value Approved

Aberdeen City

13

£22,440.00

10

£16,940.00

Aberdeenshire

12

£24,500.00

10

£19,000.00

Angus

16

£37,617.60

14

£30,200.00

Argyll and Bute

12

£24,050.00

11

£22,800.00

Clackmannanshire

1

£2,100.00

1

£2,100.00

Dumfries and Galloway

24

£41,420.00

21

£36,820.00

Dundee City

25

£43,244.00

19

£30,644.00

East Ayrshire

12

£21,306.62

11

£19,306.62

East Dunbartonshire

7

£14,750.00

7

£14,750.00

East Lothian

18

£37,116.00

15

£30,616.00

East Renfrewshire

5

£6,800.00

5

£6,800.00

City of Edinburgh

240

£444,149.58

191

£349,080.58

Falkirk

7

£16,500.00

3

£7,000.00

Fife

28

£52,428.00

19

£36,128.00

Glasgow City

418

£723,442.80

366

£640,714.80

Highland

27

£45,730.00

22

£37,530.00

Inverclyde

5

£12,500.00

3

£6,000.00

Midlothian

11

£23,175.00

9

£18,175.00

Moray

8

£13,810.00

8

£13,810.00

Na h-Eileanan Siar

4

£6,900.00

3

£5,400.00

North Ayrshire

15

£25,290.00

12

£19,540.00

North Lanarkshire

17

£29,457.79

9

£12,257.79

Orkney Islands

4

£8,700.00

3

£6,200.00

Perth and Kinross

22

£38,000.00

12

£20,450.00

Renfrewshire

18

£30,950.00

11

£20,050.00

Scottish Borders

19

£35,165.00

17

£32,050.00

Shetland Islands

2

£5,000.00

2

£5,000.00

South Ayrshire

13

£19,590.00

10

£16,190.00

South Lanarkshire

27

£54,702.00

16

£32,230.00

Stirling

17

£31,698.50

15

£28,098.50

West Dunbartonshire

4

£4,200.00

3

£2,700.00

West Lothian

10

£19,000.00

7

£13,500.00

Outside Scotland

8

£16,951.00

0

£0.00

TOTAL

1069

£1,932,683.89

865

£1,552,081.29


All awards from phase one have now been received by those requesting support.

The Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary has remained open since Monday 30 March and will close on Wednesday 20 May.

After the Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary fund was paused on 2 April, we gained additional funding from Scottish Government and the Freelands Foundation (£1m each) and opened the fund for a second round of applications between Monday 20 April and Friday 25 April. These requests are currently being processed and will be reported on in due course.

Downloads

Bridging Bursary Guidance

View and download the guidance in PDF format.