Creative Scotland Open Fund for Sustaining Creative Development

Funding of between £1,000 and £100,000 is available for individual creatives and arts organisations to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


Yes, if you are a freelance or self-employed artist or creative practitioner in Scotland, or an organisation or group whose work involves the art, screen or creative industries. You must have a UK bank account.

How long does this take?
This will depend on the complexity of your application. You will normally receive a decision within 8 to 12 weeks. There are no deadlines for this fund and you can apply at any time during the year.

Important information:

The overall budget for the Open Fund for Individuals and the Open Fund for Organisations consists of £7.5 million of National Lottery money.

The fund is open all year round, with no deadlines, and can support activity for up to 12 months. All applicants must have a UK bank account.

Creative Scotland can accept applications for amounts between £1,000 and £100,000. If you are applying for between £15,001 and £100,000, they will ask you to tell them more about some elements of your project or activity. You also must fill in and provide a risk assessment form with your application.

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