Radical Care

Applications closed

As a result of caring responsibilities, many have experienced barriers to working or progressing in the arts, screen, and creative industries.

Radical Care is an action research project for organisations in these industries who want to try out new approaches to support those with caring responsibilities.

Through the fund, we’re looking to help offset the risk of initial investment in your project, to encourage you to test theoretical ideas, share best practice, as well as any common pitfalls to help others avoid similar challenges in the future. We want to learn from actual impacts and actual challenges of practical solutions.

We are also looking for a researcher to evaluate the Radical Care Action Research Demonstration Projects. If you're interested, please visit Public Contracts Scotland to find out more and to submit your tender application.

In this video, Ashley Smith-Hammond, Creative Industries Officer at Creative Scotland, explains more about the fund.

The Radical Care Sharing event

In this sharing event, you'll hear from the National Theatre of Scotland, Dance Base and Birds of Paradise Theatre Company and how we're working to help people in the performing arts support those with caregiving responsibilities.

What funding is available?

Radical Care has a budget of up to £75,000 to support a selection of demonstration projects in Scotland’s creative industries.

The project will offer grants of between £3,000 – £15,000 and expects to support between five and fifteen projects (depending on demand).


Creative Scotland invites applications to run pilot or demonstration projects from arts, screen, and creative industries organisations in Scotland. We are interested in projects from across all art forms that connect and support Scotland’s creative industries. Organisations in receipt of Creative Scotland Regular Funding are eligible to apply.

For full eligibility details, please see the fund guidance.

Key dates

  • Closing date - 12 noon, Friday 26 November 2021
  • Decisions received - w/c 20 December 2021
  • External research supplier appointed - December 2021
  • Demonstration projects are expected to take place - January - December 2022
  • Researchers and project participants' initial contact - January/February 2022
  • Creative Scotland Sharing event - 9 February 2022


Radical Care Guidance

Download the Radical Care Fund Guidance in PDF format.

Radical Childcare Report

This report summarises the learnings from the Radical Care sharing and co-creation workshop, following a research trip to Birmingham in 2019.

How to apply

Applications are now closed.