Create:Networks Fund

This fund is to help organisations, creative businesses or creative practitioners create new, or develop existing, local creative business networks in Scotland. The fund supports these networks through knowledge sharing, peer-to-peer networking, and business and market development support.

Successful applicants are expected to develop a 12-month programme which establishes a local business network, to support broad-based creative business and market development activity. The network will ultimately deliver public benefit by helping the participating creative practitioners and businesses to grow and become more sustainable.

Who can apply?

This fund supports existing creative area networks, as well as proposals for new networks.

All applicants must be based in Scotland, and can include individuals, sole traders, local businesses, social enterprises and creative support organisations who can make a clear and compelling proposal outlining how they will aim to build the creative business network in their local area.

See the below guidance for more information.


The deadline for Create:Networks has now passed. It was Monday 24 February 2020.


Create:Networks Guidance

Download the Create:Networks Fund Guidance in PDF format.

Decision Making Process

All eligible applications will be assessed by an officer from our Creative Industries Team, with comments invited from other specialism teams, as required. All assessments will then go to a decision-making panel made up of members of the Creative Industries Team, the Place Partnerships and Communities Team and officers from other relevant teams, as required.