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Open Project Funding

Updated Open Project Fund Guidance - August 2019

Please Note - the Open Project Fund guidance materials and application forms have been refreshed in August 2019.

There are no major changes to the fund and its key eligibility criteria, or what it will fund. We have refreshed the materials to bring them up to date and take account of wider changes that have happened since the last time the guidance was updated. We also reduced the number of documents you need to read – and all the information required can now be found in the single guidance document and application form. In addition we’ve added new information on the current success rates for applicants, a clearer signposting to the other funds that Creative Scotland has available, an at-a-glance week-by-week summary of the application process that your application will follow, and more details on the pre-application support available to all applicants.

The only key change to be aware of is that all applicants are now required to submit a separate budget, to help our assessing officers better understand how your project is being financially managed. Anyone who is presently in the process of applying, using the previous guidance and forms, can still do so until 30 August 2019. After this date all applicants should use the refreshed guidance/forms.

About the Programme

This fund supports artists, groups, and creative organisations based in Scotland who are looking to apply for a wide range of artistic and creative project activity.

The types of activity 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

The fund is open to individual artists, creative practitioners, organisations, groups and networks in the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland.

How much can I apply for?

You can apply for any amount between £1k and £100k – and up to £150k with prior permission. 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.

However you should apply in plenty of time before you hope to start your project – to enable Creative Scotland to read and make a decision on your application in advance.

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

What are my chances of being awarded funding?

The fund is very popular and currently Creative Scotland receives many more applications than we are able to fund. Currently the overall success rate for all applicants is that 42% of those applying are awarded funding (based on all applications received in 2018/19).

We've produced some visuals to show the current volumes of applications we receive and the success rates for the past financial year, and you can view these here (PDF) - so before applying, check if this is the fund for you, and be realistic about your chances of success.

Latest figures: Q1 2019/20 (Apr-Jun 2019)

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 must read these first.

Once you’ve done that, if you need any more help, please contact our Enquiries Service in the first instance:

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.


Open Project Application Guidance 2019/20

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.

Open Project Fund Application Form - Over £15k

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

Open Project Fund Over £100k Request Form

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