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Regular Funding

About the Programme

Regular Funding is one of Creative Scotland’s main funds for arts and creative organisations in Scotland, offering stable long-term funding support. It will fund ongoing running costs, helping organisations to plan, operate and deliver their work over three years. It can also be used to help the organisation change or develop their future plans.

The network of organisations that this fund supports are expected to play a key role in helping Creative Scotland deliver against its overall ambitions, and to make a significant contribution to society.

Regular Funding 2018-21

The Regular Funding Network 2018-21 consists of 121 organisations, of which 19 are new and 102 continue with three-year funding, supported by £101.6m Grant in Aid funding through a three-year commitment from the Scottish Government, as set out in the recent draft budget statement.

Feedback from RFOs on the impact of Covid-19

The following summarises information from responses to the Creative Scotland COVID-19 impact survey issued to all 121 Regularly Funded Organisations (RFOs) in early May 2020. The purpose of the survey was to understand the current and prospective impact of the Covid-19 pandemic across the RFO network. Whilst the position is changing rapidly, the results provide important insight into understanding the support required. The following reflects the 111 of the 121 RFO who responded to the questionnaire.

Value of Income Lost as at 11 May 2020. Earned Income = £7,651,216, Other Funding = £390,738, Private Income = £263,534, Public Income = £924,556, Trusts & Foundstions = £1,004,117. £10,234,161 Total


Estimate of Projected Losses until end of September 2020.   Earned Income = £23,350,664, Other Funding = £731,705, Private Income = £3,096,237, Public Income = £1,085,371, Trusts & Foundations = £1,992,363. £30,256,340 Total


Estimate of Projected Losses at end of March 2021.   Earned Income = £36,996,097, Other Funding = £719,632, Private Income = £1,131,366, Public Income = £1,202,706, Trusts & Foundations = £2,661,551. £42,711,352 Total


Number of artists affected in 2020/21 by organisation artform   9,188 Total: 236 Craft, 20 Creative Industries, 482 Dance, 40 Digital, 450 Literature, 3,685 Multi-artform, 748 Music, 56 Screen, 2,324 Theatre, 1,147 Visual Arts

Funding Review

Updated: 19 September 2019

Creative Scotland is currently undertaking a review of our long-term, overall approach to funding. We have recently conducted a programme of public conversations, which has gathered thousands of views, contributions and ideas. These will be crucial in helping to guide the next steps in our funding approach.

We understand that there is a significant planning period required for the 121 organisations currently within the 2018-21 Regular Funding Network to respond to any funding approach changes. In order to enable all to work through and implement the outcomes of the funding review, we have extended in principle the funding agreements for organisations currently in receipt of Regular Funding for one year from April 2021, subject to available budget.

We will continue to keep you updated on progress. Find out more about our funding review progress at creativescotland.com/conversations, and if you have any questions about Regular Funding or our Funding Review, please contact us at enquiries@creativescotland.com.

How do I find out more information?

If you need more information please contact our Enquiries Service using one of the methods outlined on our Contact Us page.