Support from Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland has launched funding programmes to support Scotland’s creative community in response to the coronavirus.

Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development has a total budget of £7.5m to support individuals and organisations:

For individuals: Freelance and self-employed artists and creative practitioners in Scotland can apply for projects supporting the development of their practice. Grants are available between £1,000 and £50,000, but it is expected that most will be up to £15,000.

For organisations: Organisations and groups based in Scotland whose work or project involves the arts, screen and creative industries can apply for a grant from £1,000 to £15,000 or for a grant from £15,000 to £50,000.

Applications open on 3 April and there are currently no deadlines with applications being taken throughout the year.

Bridging bursaries are also available for artists and freelancers who have lost income from their creative work and/or practice due to the coronavirus. A total budget of £4m is available to provide one-off bursaries between £500 and £2500 to help support immediate needs - an additional £2m was added to the original £2m on 20 April, comprising £1m for the Scottish Government and £1m from the Freelands Foundation.