Funds Delivered by Partners

Funds Delivered by Partners are funds which Creative Scotland supports but the application process is overseen by another partner organisation.

This activity can include funding programmes which other organisations deliver for us, as well as training programmes, prizes, awards or residencies that we’ve funded and other partners are delivering.

Some examples of these programmes include:

There are a lot of funds delivered by partners and projects that are open for people to apply to, and they can be found below.

How do I find out more information?

If you need more information please contact our Enquiries Service:

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Also see our Opportunities website for details of other funding and grants, awards and competitions.

Funds currently supported

Accelerator Programme for Music Managers

This professional development programme is aimed at supporting the growth of music management businesses in the UK. Creative Scotland part funds the programme to support Scotland-based music managers to grow and further develop their businesses.

Alt-W Fund

Initiated in Dundee, the Alt-w Fund is for practitioners based in Scotland to make and develop new artworks, devices and creative applications that challenge the notions of what new media creativity can be.

ASSITEJ World Congress and Festival in Tokyo

Imaginate and ASSITEJ UK, with funding from Creative Scotland, are supporting 5 Scottish delegates to attend the ASSITEJ World Congress & Festival for Children and Young People in Tokyo in May 2020.

Author International Travel Fund

This fund has been established by Scottish Books International to support writers who have been invited overseas to promote their work.

Beyond Borders

Beyond Borders is a co-commissioning and touring programme offering funding of up to £15,000 for projects that include new commissions, recordings and repeat performances of music written in the past five years.

Bridging the Gap

Funded by Creative Scotland and delivered by the Scottish Documentary Institute, Bridging the Gap aims to support Scottish-based filmmakers between training/graduation and their first commission by offering them the opportunity to work closely with the Scottish Documentary Institute and make 10 minute documentaries.

Craft Flexible Finance

CRAFT Flexible Finance is a new two-year pilot project run by Craft Scotland that offers loans exclusively to Scotland-based makers.

Culture and Business Fund Scotland

This fund enables businesses and arts or heritage organisations to come together and build effective, sustainable partnerships, bringing creative projects – large and small – vividly to life.

Docscene - Scottish Documentary Institute

Docscene is a development programme for documentary talent, ideas and projects supporting documentary filmmakers in Scotland and promoting Scotland as an international creative documentary hub.


FOCUS is a two-year pilot project that provides expert sector specific business support to screen production companies working in Scotland. FOCUS is delivered by Film City Futures in partnership with Scottish Documentary Institute, and supported by Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise.

FST Assistant Director Bursary

The FST Assistant Director Bursary nurtures the professional development of individual artists by supporting a directorial attachment to an established theatre company from the UK and internationally. The objective of this bursary scheme is to develop the director as a creative artist and to encourage the adoption of best practice.

FST Producer Placement Programme

This placement programme is designed for those working across the range of producing roles in dance, opera and theatre. The Producer Placement Programme focuses on the professional development of producers and will support them to undertake a placement with established producers from the UK and internationally.

FST Step Up Mentoring programme

FST's mentoring programme (Step Up) is designed to support and develop professionals working within the performing arts sector who would either like to use their knowledge and experience to become mentors and support others or who are at a stage in their professional career when they would like to receive some support to realise their potential and progress with their (...)

Hit The Road

A touring project for 14-19 year-old aspiring performers at an early stage in their music making. Hit the Road will present five tours of Scotland, themed by music genre. Participants are also invited to training workshops with industry professionals covering all aspects of the reality of touring.

International Showcase Fund

Grants of up to £5000 for artists and bands based who have been invited to play an international showcasing festival or conference, to contribute to travel, visas, accommodation and expenses. Delivered by the PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with Creative Scotland.

Jazzahead! 2020 Bursaries

Scotland-based jazz and improvising musicians, their representatives or organisations are now invited to apply for a 2020 Delegate Bursary to attend jazzahead!, the largest gathering of world-class professional delegates working in jazz.

Live Literature

Support is available to individuals and not-for profit organisations in every part of Scotland to host events or projects with authors.

Mentoring Programme

Every year, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland selects at least six emerging playwrights for a six month programme of mentoring, by established playwrights, to support the development of new plays. This is an opportunity to improve playwriting skills and gain valuable insight into the playwriting process and profession.


Musicplus+ is a mentoring scheme run by the Scottish Music Centre and supported by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative and The Robertson Trust. The aim of the project is to offer 14-19 year-olds one to one experience with music industry professionals who will offer guidance, encouragement, skills and knowledge across a range of industry roles.

Mutual Affinities: Learning Lab pilot programme

Led by Counterpoints Arts, the primary goal of the Mutual Affinities Learning Lab programme is to listen to artists in Scotland who have first-hand experience of displacement and enable them to sustain and develop their practice in dialogue with invited arts and community organisations.

New Chamber Music Promoter Programme

The New Chamber Music Promoter Programme is a two-year development opportunity to receive financial support, advice, and guidance from Chamber Music Scotland.

New Music Biennial

New Music Biennial provides funding for new commissions across all music genres, along with a platform for talented organisations and music creators who are pushing the boundaries of new music in the UK. It is delivered by the PRS for Music Foundation and supported by Creative Scotland.

New Playwrights Awards and Gaelic New Playwrights Awards

The New Playwrights Awards and Gaelic New Playwrights Awards are an opportunity for emerging writers living in Scotland with a genuine commitment to writing for the theatre. Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland will work with new writers giving them the time, space and some financial support to develop their work and help further their career.

New Writers Awards and Gaelic New Writers Awards

The New Writers Awards are an opportunity for individuals committed to developing their writing. Awardees receive a £2,000 cash award to allow them to focus on their work as well as a tailored package of mentoring and training.

Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund

Delivered by Young Scot, this small grants fund is open to young people aged 11-25 to develop their creative talent. Applications are open to both groups and individuals, and for amounts up to £1000.

PRS Foundation Power Up Fund

Power Up is a new ambitious, long-term initiative which will support Black music creators and industry professionals and executives, as well as addressing anti-Black racism and racial disparities in the music sector. Creative Scotland supports the PRS Foundation in delivering this programme.

Publishing Scotland Go Digital

The Go Digital fund supports Scottish-based book publishers in bringing their books to a new digital audience. It's administered by Publishing Scotland with the help of funding from Creative Scotland.

Publishing Scotland Go See Fund

The Go-See Grants Fund is administered by Publishing Scotland and supported by Creative Scotland. The purpose of the fund is to enable Scottish-based publishers to attend national and international book trade fairs for the first time.

Publishing Scotland Translation Fund

The Translation Fund is administered by Publishing Scotland with the support of Creative Scotland. The purpose of the fund is to support publishers based outside the United Kingdom to buy rights from Scottish and UK publishers and agents by offering assistance with the cost of translation of Scottish writers.

Puppet Animation Scotland Creative Fund

Puppet Animation Scotland offer one round of small awards annually to Scottish puppeteers and animators for the creation of dynamic and exciting new work. Where ever they are on their career arcs – aspiring practitioners, young companies or established professionals - all Scottish-based puppeteers, animators and visual theatre artists can apply to the Creative Fund.

Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowships

Administered by Scottish Book Trust, the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship supports four published writers to undertake a month long residency at the Hôtel Chevillon International Arts Centre at Grez-sur-Loing in France.

Supported Programme for Touring

The Touring Network Supported Programme is a new model of support for Promoters, which helps them to programme excellent and experimental new work in venues across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Bursaries are available for promoters who are part of the Touring Network.

Tasgadh - Traditional Arts Small Grant Fund

This fund offers grants of up to £1k for individuals and organisations involved in Scottish Traditional Arts. Funds can be used to create, platform, tour and showcase work, as well as to support professional development projects. This fund is devolved from Creative Scotland and is managed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal.

The Edwin Morgan Translation Fellowship

Funded by Creative Scotland, the Scottish Universities' International Summer School has two Edwin Morgan Translation Fellowships available for study in Edinburgh during July and August 2017. These fellowships are available to professional translators with an interest in twentieth-century and contemporary Scottish writing. Applications are open to translators anywhere in the world from outwith the UK.

The Space Digital Arts Commissioning Programme

The Space is a commissioning and development agency, supporting greater digital access to the arts. It commissions arts projects, offers online audience and digital skills development, and works to ensure that these projects reach a diverse range of audiences. Creative Scotland supports The Space, funding work from arts and cultural organisations based in Scotland as part of their commissioning rounds.

The Touring Network - Go See support

Go See provides promoters with financial support so that they can attend a range of performances and events, including festivals, industry showcases or events at other Touring Network venues.

TRC Media - Training and Development

Supported by Creative Scotland, TRC Media offer a suite of industry-led training and development programmes for professionals working across TV, games, software, advertising, digital marketing, CG animation, second screen, social networking, apps and publishing.

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards

Visual artists and crafts makers in Scotland can apply for funding through small grants funded by Creative Scotland and developed in partnership with Local Authorities and arts agencies across Scotland.

YMI School Based Music Making

A managed fund for Scotland’s 32 local authorities to ensure that all school children have access to one year’s free music tuition by the time they reach Primary 6.

YMI Training and CPD Fund

The Training and CPD Fund supports individuals, organisations and networks who work outwith school settings to undertake training and continuing professional development that will strengthen youth music in Scotland for the benefit of young people.