New 10-Year Plan and Funding Approach Announced

Published: 09 Apr 2014

NVA's Island Drift (photo: Alan McAteer)

Today, Wednesday 9 April 2014, Creative Scotland launches a bold plan and funding approach which aims to unlock the potential and support the ambition of the arts, screen and creative industries.

These developments represent continued progress in the delivery of our Board’s promise of change made at the end of 2012.

Janet Archer, Creative Scotland’s Chief Executive, said:

“Today marks an important moment for the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland.

“I’m delighted to launch the 10 year plan which sets out a vision and a set of clear ambitions for arts and creativity in Scotland.

“I’m particularly pleased that the plan has effectively been ‘crowd sourced’ bringing together more than 1000 voices from across the arts, screen and creative industries.

“Coupled with the launch of our Regular Funding Programme, which will deliver stable, three year funding for organisations, today is the beginning of a new phase for Creative Scotland.

“We are launching an ambitious plan and at the same time we are bringing greater clarity about our role and our funding approach. In addition, we have worked hard to make sure we have the right people, knowledge and expertise to deliver the plan.

“Our plan is bold and it is vital that we work in partnership with people and organisations across Scotland to deliver its ambition. ”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the plan and the new funding approach can do so at our new website or at one of our forthcoming information sessions taking place across the country over the next three months.



Notes to Editors:

The 10 Year Plan

Unlocking Potential, Embracing Ambition: a shared plan for the arts, screen and creative industries, 2014-2024 is available on our website in both full and summary versions.

The plan follows a period of extensive consultation and the contribution of almost 1000 people. The consultation took the form of open sessions across Scotland in spring and autumn 2013; a public, on-line consultation; face to face dialogue; consultation with partners; and consultation with a specialist reference group representing different areas of practice from across the arts, screen and creative industries.

The plan sets out five ambitions that will frame the work of Creative Scotland over the next ten years, underpinned by a set of 15 priorities that will shape our work over the next three years.

The Regular Funding Programme

The Regular Funding Programme opens on 9 April, applications will be accepted from 9 May with a deadline for submission of 7 July and decisions by the end of October.

The Regular Funding Programme is designed for organisations who are seeking a minimum of £150,000 funding over 3 years.

The Regular Funding Programme has a budget of around £90m for the three-year period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2018.

All organisations that currently receive funding as a Foundation Organisation, Projects Forming Programmes organisations or as Annual Clients, have had their funding confirmed until at least 31 March 2015. These organisations are able to apply to the new Regular Funding Programme.

Creative Scotland’s new funding approach consists of three routes to funding: 

  • Regular Funding for organisations for three years
  • Open Project funding for individuals and organisations to deliver time limited projects
  • A small number of targeted programmes aimed at delivering shared goals with partners

Creative Scotland will announce details of the Open Project Funding routes in the summer with applications being accepted from October 2014. Until then funding remains available through a number of our existing funding programmes.

Information Sessions

We will be holding a series of nine Information Sessions across Scotland.

These sessions will enable anyone working in, or interested in the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland to attend, hear about the ten-year plan and discuss how we can collectively fulfill its ambition.

The sessions will also enable people to find out more about the new funding approach and, specifically, the Regular funding Programme.

The sessions are taking place in Inverness, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stornoway, Birnam, Dundee, Lerwick, Aberdeen and Peebles.

For further information, please contact:

Kenneth Fowler
Director of Communications
07970 557 960

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We do this through funding, development, advocacy and influence and we distribute funding from the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.

We want Scotland to be a country where excellence and experimentation across the arts, screen and creative industries is recognised and valued; everyone can access and enjoy artistic and creative experiences; places and quality of life are transformed through imagination, ambition and an understanding of the potential of creativity; ideas are brought to life by a diverse, skilled and connected leadership and workforce; Scotland is a distinctive creative nation connected to the world.