Creative Scotland distributes funding for the arts, screen and creative industries from two primary sources, the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. Creative Scotland funding supports a portfolio of organisations across Scotland (including Craft Scotland) as well as helping the development of individuals, the funding of ideas, new work and projects.
Creative Scotland funding is open to individuals, groups or organisations to apply for support for a wide range of activity. During 2014/15 Creative Scotland has changed the way it distributes its funding, simplifying the process for individuals and organisations.
From October 2014, Creative Scotland offers the following funding streams:
You can find a list of the funding awards made by Creative Scotland, published on a monthly basis, on the Creative Scotland website.
The funding stream most suited to makers is likely to be Open Project Funding. This fund supports the arts, screen and creative industries, with projects that help you explore, realise and develop your creative potential, widen access to your work, and enrich Scotland’s reputation as a distinctive creative nation connected to the world. Open Project Funding will support:
You can apply for funding from £1,000 to £100,000. 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. Depending on the amount you are applying for, decisions may take up to 12 working weeks from the date Creative Scotland receive your application form. If you would like to apply for Open Project Funding, you can find full details on the Creative Scotland website.
Some of Creative Scotland’s funds are delivered by other organisations. These organisations receive funding from Creative Scotland to run funding programmes, deliver training initiatives, offer prizes and awards, or support residencies which either have specific aims, or are targeted at certain sections of the arts community.
This approach is generally undertaken with partners who have a close relationship to the sector that the programme is trying to reach, or an in-depth knowledge of the creative area they serve. We have listed the programmes and projects which are most relevant to craft makers:
The Alt-w Fund is for practitioners based in Scotland to make and develop new artworks, devices and creative applications that challenge the notions of what new media creativity can be. The fund supports artists to explore experimental and interactive practice, make use of technology as both medium and message, and recognise the changing role that digital culture has in our society.
Creative Spaces is a new initiative from Aberdeen City Council's Culture Programme to support the development of affordable spaces for Creative Industries practitioners. For year one of the programme Aberdeen City Council is looking to support the development of independently run creative spaces in Aberdeen. The deadline for application to the 2014/15 round has now passed. The Development Funding Scheme will be reviewed before being reopened for submission later in 2015.
Both the Fashion Foundry and Starter For 6 are programmes delivered by the Cultural Enterprise Office. Fashion Foundry is a business incubator and talent hub for fashion and textile designers in Scotland. The programme offers a mix of studio space, mentoring and business skills development that includes PR, social media, cash flow management, licensing and a buyers' showcase. CEO is not currently running the programme but continue to work with Creative Scotland on an offer for the fashion design sector for late 2015 with Chris Hunt as Project Manager. Starter for 6 is a business training and investment programme for creative industry start-ups. The Starter for 6 programme is resting in 2016. CEO will return with a revised offer.
Creative Scotland’s 'Nurturing Talent – Time to Shine Fund' supports young people aged 14-20 who are interested in developing their skills in: drama, dance, music, film, visual arts, literature and digital arts.
You can take a look at the full partner programme, available on the Creative Scotland website.
Visit the Creative Scotland website to find out everything you need to know about how their funding works, and find available help for pulling together your application.