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Creative Scotland – Open Project Funding

About the Programme
This fund supports the arts, screen and creative industries, with projects that help them explore, realise and develop their creative potential, widen access to their work, and enrich Scotland’s reputation as a distinctive creative nation connected to the world. We want to encourage applicants to generate great ideas and projects that we can then help them to make happen.

These ideas can cover a broad spectrum of activity, and Open Project Funding will support:

  • Projects that develop skills or artistic practice
  • Projects that create something new and of high quality
  • Projects which either present work to audiences, or which try to develop and reach new audiences (including those hard to reach)
  • Projects which encourage more people to get involved in artistic and creative activity.

Support will be available for activity and projects of different size and scale – and for up to 2 years in duration.

Who can apply
Open Project Funding is open to both individuals and organisations to apply to.

Budget available
The overall budget for 2015-16 is £10.5m, coming predominantly from National Lottery funds.

You can apply for funding from £1,000 to £100,000. We will also consider applications up to £150,000 by exception and only with prior written approval.

Deadlines and turnaround times
Open Project Funding is a continuous programme, meaning that you can make an application at any time throughout the year and there are no deadlines. You will however need to allow enough time between when you apply and when you plan to start your project to allow Creative Scotland to undertake the assessment of your proposal.

  • For applications up to £15,000
    Decisions will take up to 8 working weeks from the date we receive your application form.
  • For applications over £15,000
    Decisions will take up to 12 working weeks from the date we receive your application form
  • For applications over £100,000 (up to a maximum of £150,000)
    You will need to seek prior approval from Creative Scotland before applying. If approval is given,     decisions will take up to 12 working weeks from the date we receive your application form.

For full information including downloads, see Creative Scotland’s website.

Further Opportunities

  • RSA William Littlejohn Award 2018

    The RSA William Littlejohn Award (£2000) for Excellence and Innovation in Water-based media The award is funded by The William Littlejohn Bequest and administered by the Royal Scottish Academy and consists of: Monetary award to research, develop and produce a… Read More

  • Scottish Portrait Awards (SPA)

    The Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust Portrait prizes: £5000 Fine Art (2D/3D any medium); £2000 Photography (B&W). Exhibition for 60 works. Enter from 2 April – 30 June. For fine artists & photographers born, living, studying in Scotland After a… Read More

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