3 new funds for the creative community in Scotland announced.
Creative Scotland has launched three funding programmes designed to provide further support to sustain the country’s creative community during the COVID-19 outbreak:
A Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund will help sustain creative practice by freelance creative professionals who have lost earnings due to the cancellation of work as a result of COVID-19.
A parallel Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund will provide similar one-off bursary support to self-employed screen sector workers
The Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development will provide support for individuals and organisations to sustain their creative development in the coming months.
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.
However, you are advised to check the most up-to-date information and advice from the UK Government on their support programmes for the self-employed and freelancers before making a request to this programme.
The three new funds
The Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund will provide financial support for individual creative practitioners and/or 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. Applications to the fund will open on Monday 30 March.
A £1.5million Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary programme will provide one-off bursaries of £500 to £2,500 to freelance PAYE and self-employed screen sector workers who are experiencing immediate financial difficulty due to loss of income as a result of the Covid-19. Applications will be open on Monday 30 March 2020.
The Open Funding: Sustaining Creative Development (a revised approach to the organisation’s Open Project Fund) 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 reimagine 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 £7.5m 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.