Creative Scotland Open Fund for Sustaining Creative Development

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What does this involve?

Funding of between £1,000 and £100,000 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 of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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. They want to ensure that the experience of the arts and creative activity benefits as many people as possible across Scotland’s communities and places. 

The disruption of COVID-19 is a situation without precedent. The creative sector is facing significant challenge. This fund is designed to support individual creatives and arts organisations to sustain their practice in a changing world. To apply for the Open Fund,  you must explain 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?

It is 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 8 to 12 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.

Creative Scotland can accept applications for amounts between £1,000 and £100,000. If you are applying for between £15,001 and £100,000, they will ask you to tell them more about some elements of your project or activity. You also must fill in and provide a risk assessment form with your application.

Next steps

Visit the Creative Scotland website to read application guidelines and complete an application form. 

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