Open Project Funding

This fund is run by Creative Scotland for artists, groups, and creative organisations based in Scotland who are looking to apply for money to support them on their artistic or creative projects.

Anyone can come to Creative Scotland with their ideas, and this fund will support a wide range of things, from small one-off events to longer programmes of work that can last for up to 2 years.

The types of things that this fund will support include:

- Projects which are about helping an artist to develop their skills
- Projects that create something new and high quality, in any art form
- Projects which are aiming to present high quality work to audiences, or projects which try to develop and reach new audiences for the arts
- Projects which encourage more people to take part in artistic and creative activity.

You can read more about the sorts of things that Open Project Fund can support in the Open Project Fund guidelines.

Who can apply

Open Project Funding is open to both individuals and organisations based in Scotland to apply to. This generally means individual artists or organisations who work in the arts - because we expect the applicants to be able to show that they have some ‘track record’ or previous experience.

How much can I apply for?

You can apply for any amount between £1000 and £150,000. When you’re planning how much your project will cost, keep in mind that you can apply to Creative Scotland for all or for part of the cost you need for your project – but if you have money or income from other sources for the project too, this does help.

Most of the money in the budget for the Open Project Fund comes from the National Lottery.

What are the deadlines for an application?

Open Project Funding doesn’t have any deadlines and you can apply at any time throughout the year. You should apply in plenty of time before you hope to start your project. Creative Scotland needs time to read and make a decision on every application, so everyone is expected to apply well in advance.

If you are looking for less than £15,000, you should apply at least 8 weeks before the start of your project. If applying for more than this, you should apply at least 12 weeks before you plan to start.
Please note that any application which is being assessed over the Christmas period is subject to an additional 2 week assessment time.

For more information read the guidance and supporting materials on our website.

Location: All Scotland

For further information, please contact enquiries@creativescotland.com (enquiries@creativescotland.com), or visit https://www.creativescotland.com/funding/funding-programmes/open-project-funding

The deadline is Tuesday 31 March 2020 at 23:59.

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