Creative Scotland Open Fund - Sustaining Creative Development

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What does this involve?

The Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development aims to enable organisations to explore ways of working that will help them adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances. The overall budget for this fund in the financial year 2021/22 is £7 million.

Creative Scotland is committed to ensuring that people receive support to develop excellence and experimentation in a wide range of arts and creative activity, reflecting Scotland’s diverse and dynamic cultures. Their goal is 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.

This fund was launched in March 2020 in a difficult context. The disruption of COVID-19 was a situation without precedent. The creative sector continues to face significant challenges, and you will be considering the impact of this emergency and its aftereffects on what you do.

Am I eligible?

This fund is for organisations and groups based in Scotland whose work or project involves the arts, screen and creative industries.

If you are not based in Scotland and wish to apply, you must show how your activity benefits the development of creative practice in Scotland and/or the Scottish public.

What does this cost?

It is free to apply.

Who is this for?

This fund is for organisations and groups based in Scotland whose work or project involves the arts or 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: Sustaining Creative Development consists of £7 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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