Youth Arts Access Fund

Support provided by Creative Scotland

What does this involve?

The Youth Arts Access fund is a strand of the Youth Arts Fund managed by Creative Scotland.

This Access Fund builds on the Access to Music Making programme which creates access to high-quality music-making for children and young people aged 0-25 years. It will support an increased range of music-making projects, as well as introducing projects which deliver across wider art form areas.

Examples of activities that they might support include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • group based activity that covers any aspect of youth arts/music making
  • youth led projects where young people design and lead activity
  • projects that promote partnership working
  • delivery of project activity working across early learning, schools, and other family support and community settings, focused on tackling inequality through targeting priority groups of children and young people

These funds will support artist-led activity based in and outwith school hours that matches with the fund’s priorities.

The overall budget for this fund will be at least £1.2 million with at least £800,000 for youth music and £400, 000 for wider youth arts.

Applicants can apply for between £5,000 to £30,000 to deliver projects for up to 1 year.

All applicants can apply for 100% of their proposed programme but the addition of partnership funding and in kind contributions are welcomed.

Am I eligible?

Applications will not be accepted from:

  • schools and/or their associated organisations, such as Parent Teacher Associations
  • instrumental Music Services and existing music programmes and services based in local authorities

In addition, this fund will not support applications which propose to create permanent full-time or part-time posts.

What does this cost?

It is free to apply.

Who is this for?

Applications can come from organisations and individuals based in Scotland or who are delivering programmes within Scotland for the benefit of the people of Scotland.

Organisations already in receipt of Regular Funding from Creative Scotland can apply but should discuss their intention to apply with their lead officer in the first instance.

How long does this take?

The planned timetable for the fund is as follows:

  • Publication of fund guidance, and application form: Thursday 17 September 2020
  • Deadline for Applications: Thursday 12 November 2020
  • Applicants notified of decisions: Tuesday 9 February 2021
  • Funded activity to begin: From March 2021

Important information

They welcome applications proposing any activity that will achieve the outcomes on Page 5 of the guidance document. Make sure to read the guidance document carefully before applying. 

Next steps

Visit the Creative Scotland website for more information and to download the funding guidance and application form. 

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