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Open Project Funding

About the Programme

This fund is run by Creative Scotland for artists, groups, and creative organisations who are looking to apply for money to support them on their artistic or creative projects.

Anyone can come to Creative Scotland with their ideas, and this fund will support a wide range of things, from small one-off events to longer programmes of work that can last for up to 2 years.

The types of things that this fund will support include:

  • Projects which are about helping an artist to develop their skills
  • Projects that create something new and high quality, in any art form
  • Projects which are aiming to present high quality work to audiences, or projects which try to develop and reach new audiences for the arts
  • Projects which encourage more people to take part in artistic and creative activity.

You can read more about the sorts of things that Open Project Fund can support in the Open Project Fund guidelines.

Who can apply

Open Project Funding is open to both individuals and organisations to apply to. This generally means individual artists or organisations who work in the arts - because we expect the applicants to be able to show that they have some ‘track record’ or previous experience.

How much can I apply for?

You can apply for any amount between £1000 and £150,000. When you’re planning how much your project will cost, keep in mind that you can apply to Creative Scotland for all or for part of the cost you need for your project – but if you have money or income from other sources for the project too, this does help.

Most of the money in the budget for the Open Project Fund comes from the National Lottery.

What are the deadlines for an application?

Open Project Funding doesn’t have any deadlines and you can apply at any time throughout the year.

You should apply in plenty of time before you hope to start your project. Creative Scotland needs time to read and make a decision on every application, so everyone is expected to apply well in advance.

If you are looking for less than £15,000, you should apply at least 8 weeks before the start of your project. If applying for more than this, you should apply at least 12 weeks before you plan to start.

These timescales assume that your application is complete, with all supporting materials submitted – we can’t start the process if an application is incomplete or materials are missing, so please allow time for corrections to be undertaken and remember that your project must not be due to start earlier than you would receive a decision based on these timescales.

Is there anything else I need to know?

The fund is very popular and currently Creative Scotland receives many more applications than we are able to fund. At the moment we’re only awarding funding to around 30% of all applicants – so before applying, check if this is the fund for you, and be realistic about your chances of success.

How do I find out more information?

The fund has a set of guidelines which tells you more information about how the fund works, what it will and won’t support, and who can apply. You should read these first.

Once you’ve done that, if you need any more help, please contact our Enquiries Service.

Phone: 0345 603 6000*

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.


The Guide to Open Project Funding

View and download the guide in pdf format.

Open Project Fund Application Form - Up to £15k

Download the Up to £15k application form in MS Word format.

Help With Your Application - Up to £15k

View and download the Up to £15k help guide in pdf format.

Open Project Fund Application Form - Over £15k

Download the Over £15k application form in MS Word format.

Help With Your Application - Over £15k

View and download the Over £15k help guide in pdf format.

Open Project Fund Over £100k Request Form

Download the Over £100k request form in MS Word format.

Information Sheet - Help with Budgets

Guidance on budgets and financial information – outlining the key information we need you to provide (in the budget summary, income and cost tables in the application form) and examples of detailed budgets.

Information Sheet - Capital Funding

Guidance if your application contains capital funding – outlining what you can and cannot apply for and the key considerations before you submit an application.

Information Sheet - Festivals

Guidance if your application relates to a festival – outlining what you can apply for and signposting you to other places for further advice and information.

Information Sheet - Touring

Guidance if your application contains touring – outlining what you can apply for, touring within and outwith Scotland and signposting you to other places for further advice and information.