Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development

This fund aims to enable organisations to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances.

Creative Scotland is committed to ensuring that people are supported to develop excellence and experimentation in a wide range of arts and creative activities, reflecting Scotland’s diverse and dynamic cultures. They want 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.

The creative sector continues to face significant challenges and Creative Scotland understands that you will be considering the impact of this emergency and its after-effects on what you do.

This fund is designed to support you to sustain your practice in a changing world. Creative Scotland are asking you to tell us what you want to do, and how it will help you and/or others in the months and years to come.

Please note, this fund is now solely for organisations – individuals can apply to the refreshed Open Fund for Individuals.


  • This fund is for organisations and groups based in Scotland whose work or project involves the arts, screen and creative industries – if you are an individual, please apply to the Open Fund for Individuals
  • 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
  • If you are a self-employed individual or a sole-trader then you are not eligible to make an application to the Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development. You should look at the other funding programmes run by Creative Scotland or partners, including the Open Fund for Individuals

Funding amounts

You can apply for between £1,000 and £100,000, for activity lasting up to 12 months.


There are no deadlines for this fund – you can apply year-round.


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