Create:Inclusion Fund

This fund seeks to increase the diversity of people in the arts, screen and creative industries. Applicants can seek funding to help them progress, develop their creative and professional practice, their capacity or to support them to take professional and creative risks.


Creative Scotland’s reports ‘Understanding Diversity in the Arts’ and ‘Equality Matters’ highlighted numerous and complex barriers to access, progression and representation in the arts, screen and creative industries.

These reports indicated that career progression is far from a level playing field. Challenges are more acutely felt by women, people with parental responsibilities, disabled people and those from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds. Lack of connections, social structures and networks also featured highly as a barrier, with many mentioning the importance of informal networks in securing work or getting noticed.

The Equality Analysis of our 2018-21 Regularly Funded Organisations (RFO) programme highlighted a reduction in the number of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion-led organisations supported through the RFO programme and a reduction in a focus on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programming. Additionally, there were no new applications from Equality, Diversity and Inclusion led organisations.

This fund aims to start addressing some of these well documented concerns and increase the diversity of people in the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland.

Who can apply?

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

This fund seeks to prioritise applications from individuals who self–identify as sharing one or more protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010; or from groups/organisations which are either minority-led or which focus on working with and for those who share one or more protected characteristics.

See the below guidance for more information.


Applications are now closed - the deadline for Create Inclusion Round 2 was 21 Jan 2020.


Create:Inclusion Application Guidance

Download the Create:Inclusion Fund Guidance in PDF format.

Decision Making Panel

All applications to Create:Inclusion will be decided upon by a panel of Creative Scotland staff along with other people from the wider community who hold credible professional knowledge and expertise of equalities and diverse creative practice across arts, screen and creative industries. External panel members are invited to apply via an open tender process on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS).