Monday, May 04, 2009

Scottish Arts Council: Funding for Creative and Professional Development

Deadline: 5 October 2009 (RECEIVE)

Scottish Arts Council
Funding for Visual Arts/Individuals

Creative and Professional Development
Edinburgh, Scotland

The Scottish Arts Council serves the people of Scotland by fostering arts of excellence through investment, development, research and advocacy. Our corporate aims are: to support artists to fulfil their creative and business potential; to increase participation in the arts; and to place the arts, culture and creativity at the heart of learning.

Who can apply
• individuals working at a professional level in the arts
• groups of individuals working collaboratively, for example bands/groups/ensembles; partnerships where two or more people always work together on projects as one collaborative unit.
• individuals who are based in Scotland (unless otherwise indicated in the detail of the specific fund to which you are applying).
• organisations may apply for professional development funds on behalf of an individual, using the application form for individuals

Our criteria for assessment and decision-making
The criteria that we use to assess whether your proposal meets our priorities are:
• artistic quality – evidenced by your track record and quality of your work as well as that of others involved in the project
• benefit and demand – evidenced by the relevance of the proposal to your professional or creative development and the likely benefits to you/your sector
• how the project will be managed and delivered
• financial strength and value for money
• any other criteria specific to the fund that you are applying to

Fund Description
Bursaries of £1,500, £3,000 and £5,000 are available to artists to help with costs accociated with their creative and professional development, for example materials, research, production of new work, a residency, costs relating to an exhibition or publication etc.

This fund is also for curators to apply for creative and professional development costs. The maximum funding curators can apply for is £3,000.

Level of Grants: Fixed level bursaries of £1,500, £3,000, £5,000

Individuals Application Guidelines
Individuals Application Form
Supplementary Information Form for Visual Arts Creative & Professional Development
Creative and Professional Development Additional Guidance Notes

Full details available at the website:

Help Desk can advise you further if required:
Phone: 0845 603 6000 (local rate)
Typetalk: 18001 0845 603 6000
Fax: 0131 225 9833

Scottish Arts Council
Grants Department
12 Manor Place