How We Do It

Scarlett Johansson in Under the Skin. Directed by Jonathan Glazer. (photo: courtesy of JW Films)

We are a funder, an advocate, a development agency and an organisation that seeks to influence others to increase opportunity and maximise the impact our resources can offer.

We fulfill our purpose through:


We distribute funding from two primary sources, the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. Our funding is the means by which we sustain a portfolio of organisations across Scotland; support the development of individuals; fund ideas and projects and develop partnerships to address strategic need.

We will do this through three funding routes in future:

  • Regular funding for organisations for three years
  • Funding individuals and organisations to deliver time limited projects including practice development
  • A small number of targeted programmes focused on delivering shared strategic goals with partners


We work with others to raise the profile of the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland, helping to promote their excellence at home and abroad to a broad range of audiences. This includes championing the work of individuals and organisations across Scotland. It also means raising awareness of the value of artistic and creative activity and its role in making everyone’s life better in terms of health, well-being and local and national economies.


We work in partnership with others to create the best conditions for the arts, screen and creative industries to thrive. This includes working with economic development agencies, Government, Local Authorities and other public and private sector organisations to share knowledge and resources and develop skills to increase opportunity locally, nationally and internationally. Our development role focuses on supporting excellence and place making.


As an organisation with an overview of the arts, screen and creative industries, we can use our knowledge and expertise to help others to work more strategically to strengthen their work, regardless of whether we are directly involved or not. We will develop an evidence-based influencing role drawing on analysis of data on the work that we fund as well as primary and secondary research. By providing policy briefings, industry intelligence and best practice guidance we aim to help individuals and organisations identify and take opportunities as they arise.