Creative Scotland Open Fund for Sustaining Creative Development

Support provided by Creative Scotland

What does this involve?

Funding of between £1,000 and £50,000 is available for individual creatives and arts organisations to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances.

Sustaining creative practice in a changing world

Creative Scotland is committed to ensuring that people are supported to develop excellence and experimentation in a wide range of arts and creative activity, reflecting Scotland’s diverse and dynamic cultures. Creative Scotland wants to ensure that the experience of the arts and creative activity benefits as many people as possible across Scotland’s communities and places. They have a key role in ensuring that Scotland’s creative workforce and businesses have opportunities to develop, evolve and flourish.

Creative Scotland launched the Open Fund in a difficult context. The disruption of COVID-19 is a situation without precedent. The creative sector is facing significant challenge. You are potentially considering the impact of this emergency and its after-effects on what you do. You may be thinking about new ways of working. If you aim to reach people with your work in performance spaces, for example, you may be looking at new ways to achieve this. You may be looking at ways to stabilise your existing activity. You may be reimagining what you do, and as part of this process, you may wish to take creative risks.

This fund is designed to support you to sustain your practice in a changing world. Applicants to this fund are asked what you want to do, and how it will help you and/or others in the months and years to come.

Am I eligible?

Yes, if you are a freelance or self-employed artist or creative practitioner in Scotland, or an organisation or group whose work involves the art, screen or creative industries.

You must have a UK bank account.

What does this cost?

Free to apply.

Who is this for?

Freelance and self-employed artists and creative practitioners in Scotland, as well as organisations and groups based in Scotland whose work or project involves the arts, screen and creative industries.

How long does this take?

This will depend on the complexity of your application. You will normally receive a decision within eight to twelve weeks.

There are no deadlines for this fund and you can apply at any time during the year.

Important information

The overall budget for the Open Fund for Individuals and the Open Fund for Organisations consists of £7.5 million of National Lottery money.

The fund is open all year round, with no deadlines, and can support activity for up to 12 months. All applicants must have a UK bank account.

If you are applying for a grant from £15,000 to £50,000, you will be asked some additional questions and must complete a separate risk assessment form.

Next steps

Visit the Creative Scotland website to read application guidelines and complete an application form, or submit an enquiry using the link below and an advisor will be in touch to discuss your needs.

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