Creative Scotland response to Scottish Government's Draft Budget 2018/19

Published: 14 Dec 2017

Following the Scottish Government's draft budget announcement earlier today, we are very pleased to say that Creative Scotland’s discretionary Grant in Aid budget for 2018/19 is £38.912m, a 21.2% increase on 2017/18.

This includes an additional £6.6m to support Regularly Funded Organisations, addressing the fall in National Lottery income. 

We are also pleased to welcome, as part of the overall budget announcement, £10m additional funding for Screen in 2018/19.

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

"The increase in culture spending set out in this draft budget underlines the Scottish Government’s commitment to the pivotal role that culture and creativity plays in people’s lives across Scotland and the cultural, social and economic value delivered through creative endeavour.

"This is particularly welcome in the context of declining income from the National Lottery.

"We also welcome the Scottish Government's commitment to a three-year budget which will help us provide more certainty for those that we are able to support.”

The Creative Scotland Board will meet on 18 January 2018 to set the draft budget for 2018/19 and, importantly, to finalise decisions on Regular Funding 2018-21. 

Further communications, including decisions on Regular Funding 2018-21, will be issued as soon as possible after this Board meeting and by the end of January at the latest.

Notes to Editors

The Scottish Government’s draft budget presents a discretionary Grant in Aid budget for 2018/19 of £38.912m.

Creative Scotland’s discretionary Grant in Aid Budget for 2017/18 is £32,112,000. Full budget details for 2017/18 are provided in Creative Scotland’s Annual Plan.

Chapter 13, focusing on Culture, Europe and External Affairs in the Scottish Government draft budget can be found at