Creative Scotland Youth Arts Emergency Funding

Creative Scotland have released new funds to support project activity with children and young people.

Youth Arts Small Grants Scheme

The Small Grants Scheme allows organisations and local authorities based in Scotland to apply for a small grants funding pot of up to £50,000 to distribute grants of £500–£5,000 directly to freelance artists/creative practitioners (locally, regionally or nationally), across all artforms, to deliver artist led youth arts activities.

The Scheme will support organisations to take ownership of the distribution of funding to youth arts practitioners to meet the needs of young people in their sector or local area. The fund also aims to strengthen and broaden organisations’ connections with youth arts practitioners.

To apply organisations must have the capacity to manage and disperse a small grants fund by March 2021 (up to 20% management fee can be applied for) and be networked with a range of freelance artists. Deadline for applications is Monday 2nd November 2020.

Youth Arts Access Fund

The Access Fund offers grants of between £5k and £30k to individuals and organisations based in Scotland who run youth arts programmes to support activity from March 2021 onwards. Examples of activities that this fund may support are group based activity, youth led projects, project activity working across early learning, schools and other family support and community settings.

Applications that propose specific actions and partnerships to tackle inequality by engaging with vulnerable groups of children and young people will be prioritised. Please see our website for further information. Deadline for applications is Thursday 12th November 2020.

They are particularly keen to receive applications from organisations and individuals that work with children and young people who:

• Are living in poverty or residing in areas of social and economic deprivation.

• Are experiencing or at risk of experiencing harm and neglect.

• Are looked after (as defined by the Children (Scotland) Act 1995) and care leavers (as defined by the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014).

• Are in the early years (0-5) of their life.

• Are from Black and/or Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

• Have a disability and/or additional support needs.

• Are at risk of offending or have previously offended.

• Are young carers (as defined by the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016) and/or young parents.

• Are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, or who have been homeless.

• Are experiencing mental ill health.

If you would like to talk to someone at Creative Scotland about these opportunities, please contact