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Creative Scotland Bursary Funds

30 March 2020, Artists, Creative Industries, Musicians

Creative Scotland COVID-19 Impact Funds

Creative Scotland bursary funds are are available on three separate funding programmes.  The grants are designed to provide support to sustain Scotland’s creative community during the COVID-19 outbreak.  The Creative Scotland and Screen Scotland Bridging Bursaries will aim to support those most in need at this time, particularly those who are least likely to benefit from the recently announced Job Retention Scheme and Self Employment Income Support scheme.

Creative Scotland Bursary

Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund

The Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund will provide financial support for individual creative practitioners and freelancers who are most deeply impacted and disadvantaged by the cancellation of work due to the COVID-19 emergency to sustain their creative practice in Scotland.

The £2 million fund will offer one-off bursary payments of between £500 and £2,500 to help support the immediate needs of freelance artists and creative practitioners in Scotland.  Applications to the fund opened on Monday 30 March.

Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary

The £1.5 million Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary programme will provide one-off bursaries of £500 to £2,500 to screen sector workers who are experiencing immediate financial difficulty due to loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 emergency.  Applications to this fund also opened on Monday 30 March.

Sustaining Creative Development

The Open Funding: Sustaining Creative Development programme will support creative practitioners to continue to develop work.  Applicants will be encouraged to use funding to explore how best to sustain their practice, and re-imagine their work, during the current climate and in the months to come.  Funds may also be used for the development and presentation of work.  The £7.5 million fund will support up to 12 months of activity with a maximum award of £50,000.  Applications to the fund will open on Friday 3 April.

Freelance and self-employed artists and creative practitioners in Scotland can apply for projects supporting the development of their practice.  You may apply for funding to work with others if your practice is collaborative.  You must have a UK bank account.

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