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CashBack for Creativity Programme

CashBack for Creativity

About the Programme

CashBack for Creativity is a programme funded by the Scottish Government's CashBack for Communities programme. It offers young people (10 - 24 years) across Scotland the opportunity to engage in creative and cultural activity. It provides high quality learning and developmental activities across all art forms which improve the skills and confidence of young people, raise attainment and aspirations, and provide pathways for further learning, training, education and employment.

Funding Situation in 2018/19

The CashBack for Creativity programme has been awarded a total of £2.6m for Phase 4 which will run from April 2017 to March 2020. The programme is supported by two funds:

1. The CashBack for Creativity Open Fund

The CashBack for Creativity Open Fund creates opportunities for a range of organisations, working in collaboration with artists across the country, to apply for funding of up to £10k to deliver high quality arts activities for up to 12 months. This fund is administered by Youthlink Scotland, working on behalf of Creative Scotland. For more information about the fund, go to the Youthlink Scotland website.

The fund is presently closed but will reopen in late 2018 (the deadline is usually in January each year.)

2. The CashBack for Creativity Targeted Fund

The CashBack for Creativity Targeted Fund delivers a programme of engagement, learning, development and progression activities for young people in areas of deprivation across Scotland. The Fund is delivered through a portfolio of projects / programmes, with applicant organisations able to apply for up to £120k to support work for up to three years in duration. Please read the below guidelines for further details.

The deadline for applications for the CashBack for Creativity Targeted Fund for 2017-20 has passed - and the projects supported for three years from 2017-20 were announced in September 2017. Read more about the 15 organisations supported.


Cashback for Creativity Open Fund Guidance and Criteria

Download the Guidance and Criteria for Round 2 of the CashBack for Creativity Open Fund, in Word format.

CashBack for Creativity Phase 4 Targeted Fund Application Guidelines

Download the CashBack for Creativity Phase 4 (2017 – 2020) Targeted Fund Application Guidelines in PDF format.

Further Information

If you would like more information about CashBack for Creativity, you can contact Laura Black by email on laura.black@creativescotland.com.

If you have any more general questions about funding, please contact the Enquiries Service on 0345 603 6000* (10am-12pm & 2-4pm Mon - Fri, voicemail outwith these hours) or email enquiries@creativescotland.com.
* 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.

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Latest stories from CashBack

Legendary Glaswegian photojournalist Harry Benson inspires young CashBack for Creativity participants with history of his work

Legendary Glaswegian photojournalist Harry Benson today delivered a presentation of his work to CashBack for Creativity participants and young people interested in photography, including students from schools, Higher Education and Further Education institutions.

Published: 14 Feb 2014

Young talented Scottish musicians receive support through CashBack for Creativity scheme

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop experienced first-hand today how cash seized from criminals is helping young Scottish rock, folk and blues musicians strive to achieve their professional dreams.

Published: 13 Feb 2014

Young Edinburgh filmmakers inspired by Xpress Yourself project impress Justice Secretary

Young people from Edinburgh were joined today (Monday 18 February) by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill, as they edited films they have made on a project run by Screen Education Edinburgh and supported by Creative Scotland’s CashBack for Creativity programme.

Published: 13 Feb 2014

Cashback for Creativity's JUMPCUT talk about their work

JumpCut creates opportunities for young people in the screen industries through the CashBack for Creativity programme.

Published: 19 Dec 2013