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CashBack for Creativity Phase 4 Fund launched

Published: 06 Feb 2017

Over £1.5m to support high quality creative and cultural activities for young people across Scotland.

Deadline: Monday 3 April 2017

Creative Scotland today, Monday 6 February 2017, launched a £1.5m CashBack for Creativity Targeted Fund that aims to tackle inequalities in the arts by focusing provision on Scotland’s most disadvantaged young people.

Applicants are invited to apply for up to £120k to cover a three year programme of activity that will provide young people, aged 10-24, from disadvantaged backgrounds, access to life-changing creative and cultural activities across all art-forms.

The fund is targeted at specific groups of young people from areas of deprivation; those who are unemployed, not in education or training; young people who have been excluded or are at risk of exclusion from school; young offenders and young people at risk of antisocial behaviour.

The programme will aim to ensure that young people, no matter what their background or situation, have access to positive life changing creative experiences.- Iain Munro, Deputy CEO

Applications to the CashBack for Creativity Targeted Fund are welcome from organisations in the arts, screen and creative industries, based in Scotland or who are delivering programmes within Scotland for the benefit of the people of Scotland.

Four information sessions are being held in Inverness, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow to help inform potential applicants about the Cash Back for Creativity application process and criteria. See below for full details.

Iain Munro, Deputy CEO at Creative Scotland, said: “CashBack for Creativity is one of many initiatives supported by Creative Scotland that aim to remove barriers to access and provision of the arts across Scotland. The programme will aim to ensure that young people, no matter what their background or situation, have access to positive life changing creative experiences.  Experiences that will help improve focus, build confidence, change behaviours and attitudes, boost skills, improve wellbeing and nurture our future musicians, artist and film makers.”

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: “Through CashBack we are supporting Scotland’s most disadvantaged young people to reach their full potential in life, helping them to learn new skills, boost their confidence and become responsible people.

“I am delighted with Creative Scotland’s work to tackle inequalities using cultural and creative activities and would encourage organisations which could benefit from the funding to apply.”

CashBack for Creativity Information Sessions

CashBack for Creativity is funded by the Scottish Government through the Cash Back for Communities programme which redistributes the proceeds of crime to benefit young people. Running from April 2017 to March 2020 the £2.6m programme includes two strands: The CashBack for Creativity Targeted Fund, launched today, and the CashBack for Creativity Open Fund which will be launched in April 2017. The Cash Back for Creativity Open Fund will offer funding of up to £10k to deliver high quality arts activities for up to 12 months. To receive updates on this please sign up to our newsletter.

    Notes to Editors

    About CashBack for Creativity

    Running from April 2017 – March 2020, the CashBack for Creativity programme is administered by Creative Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme, which redistributes the proceeds of crime to benefit young people. Creative Scotland has been awarded a total of £2.6m to deliver Phase 4 of the CashBack for Creativity programme. Running from April 2017 to March 2020, this programme will deliver activity to disadvantaged young people across Scotland under the theme of Creativity.

    As a delivery partner for Cashback for Communities since 2008, Creative Scotland has built a distinctive knowledge and understanding around the delivery of arts led activities to some of the Scotland’s most disadvantaged young people.

    CashBack for Creativity programme sits alongside other key youth arts initiatives within Creative Scotland including Time to Shine, the National Youth Arts Strategy and the Youth Music Initiative.  Additionally, Creative Scotland works closely with partners on a programme of Creative Learning activity, and will be publishing a Creative Learning Review in early 2017. For further information please visit: www.creativescotland.com/funding/cashback-for-creativity

    Twitter: @CB4Creativity #CashBack4Creativity

    About Creative Scotland

    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 enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.  We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com. Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland

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