Culture Collective Fund

Support provided by Creative Scotland

What does this involve?

The Culture Collective is a pilot programme which will establish a network of creative practitioners, organisations and communities, working together to create a positive difference locally and nationally in response to COVID-19.

The programme will focus on community-engaged creative activity, supporting participatory approaches and projects where creative practitioners and communities work collaboratively. A key element of this will be proactively responding to the impact of COVID-19, providing employment opportunities for creative practitioners and actively engaging people in shaping the future cultural life of their community.

Working collectively is central to the programme at a local and national level. Each of the supported organisations and creative practitioners will be required to collaborate with communities locally, but also to work together as a national collective. With the support of a central coordinator who will oversee the programme, this includes the ongoing sharing of progress; attendance at national meetings and events; and participation in an evaluation of the pilot.

COVID-19 has already had a significant impact on the creative sector and cultural life of communities. With venues temporarily closed, events cancelled, and social interactions restricted, opportunities for creative practitioners and audiences have shifted and, in many cases, reduced significantly. Creative Scotland’s Audience Intention Research demonstrates a strong appetite for returning to participation in creative activity; however, future models and levels of cultural participation may change. The creative sector will need to adapt in response.

The Culture Collective provides an opportunity for organisations to explore and test new models and to learn from each other, whether by providing opportunities and support to creative practitioners or actively engaging communities in its work. Applicant organisations can apply for between £100,000 and £300,000 to support an 18-month programme of work.

What can the funds be used for?

All applications should allocate funds across each of the following areas:

Contracting of creative practitioners
A key aim of the programme is to provide paid opportunities for creative practitioners to work with communities. The number will depend on the applicant; however, creative practitioners fees must account for a minimum of 50% of the total funding requested.

Appointment of a coordinator
Each applicant must identify a coordinator to oversee delivery of activity. This includes leading the contracting of creative practitioners; providing ongoing support to creative practitioners and projects; managing the overall budget; and actively participating in the national Culture Collective network. An application can include costs for a dedicated post or alternatively a contribution towards enhancing an existing role. Costs associated with the purchase or rental of IT equipment and office facilities may be included.

Creative projects
Each application should budget for funds which will be available to the contracted creative practitioners to develop and deliver creative projects with communities.

As this programme is aimed at community-led and participatory projects, there is no strict definition of the type of activity which can be supported. However, activities will likely include one or more of the following broad categories:

  • Artist-in-residence programmes
  • Reactivating the use of community venues, spaces or assets
  • Exhibitions, concerts and performances
  • Festivals and participatory events

Costs associated with delivering the programme of activity and supporting community engagement - for example, access costs and honorariums - should be included. Costs associated with travel should also be included, except for attendance at national Culture Collective meetings and events, which will be supported through a central budget.

Am I eligible?

Who can apply?

  • Organisations based in Scotland whose work involves the arts, screen and creative industries. Applicants should demonstrate a significant track record of working with the communities they are seeking to reach.
  • The fund is open to consortia applications; however, a lead organisation whose work involves the arts, screen and creative industries must be identified. This lead organisation would have overall responsibility for the management of public funds and supported activity.
  • All applicants must be not-for-profit - that is, be set up as a company limited by guarantee, SCIO or CIC - and have a UK bank account.

Who cannot apply?

  • Individuals and sole traders
  • Organisations based in Scotland whose work does not involve the arts, screen and creative industries
  • Organisations in administration, receivership, and liquidation organisations based outside Scotland

What does this cost?

It is free to apply.

How long does this take?

Guidance published: 4 November 2020

Online information session: 12 November 2020

Expressions of interest deadline: 18 November 2020

Full applications open: 25 November 2020

Application deadline: 16 December 2020

Decisions announced: w/c 1 February 2021

Important information

How to apply

Step 1: Submit an expression of interest
You should submit an expression of interest by 5pm, Wednesday 18 November 2020. You can do this by accessing the online portal.

All submissions will be reviewed by Creative Scotland staff to ensure eligibility and that the proposed activity meets the purpose of the fund. This will be completed no later than Wednesday 25 November.

Eligible applicants whose activity meets the purpose of the fund will be invited to apply.

If you are deemed to be ineligible or if the proposed activity does not meet the purpose of the fund, you will not be invited to apply. You will be contacted with details of this decision.

Step 2: Submit an application
If you are invited to apply, applications will open on Wednesday 25 November and your application should be received by 5pm, Wednesday 16 December 2020. All applications will be submitted through the online application portal. You will receive more details of the information needed at the time.

Applicant organisations can apply for between £100,000 and £300,000 to support an 18-month programme of work.

Creative Scotland are aiming to support a minimum of 5 applications from the Culture Collective programme.

Next steps

Visit the Creative Scotland website for more information and to access to the online portal.

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