Funding & Grants

Various routes to funding for the creative sector – locally and nationally. Funding can be for both business or creative development, for individuals or organisations.

If you would like advice on funding please contact  or call 01750 726400.

We will be adding more links to this section as the website develops.

South of Scotland Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards 2016-17

Dumfries & Galloway Council, Live Borders, DG Unlimited and Upland in partnership with Creative Scotland are running a combined Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards Scheme 2016-17. The scheme is for individual artists and makers living and working in the Scottish Borders or Dumfries and Galloway. Artists and makers are eligible to apply for awards towards the cost of developing their creative practice.  Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to their work – whether they are at an early or established stage of their practice – and to advancing their skills and ideas. The intention is that the fund will have a significant impact on applicants creative activity, and take their practice forward.

Please note that the deadline for completion of funded projects is 30th November 2017 - please take this into account when making your application.


There is a total of £2906 available for Round Three of the Awards. Individual awards of up to £1,500 are available, which will assist artists and makers to develop and extend their own personal practice. Applicants are advised to request the appropriate amount required for the project, rather than automatically apply for the maximum grant available. The Awards Panel reserves the right to offer an amount different to that requested.

Applicants can apply for up to 90% of the total cost of their project. The applicant must fund a minimum of 10% of the project funds. Successful applicants will receive 85% of the awarded grant on signed acceptance of their contract. The final 15% of the grant will only be paid upon completion and receipt of an Evaluation Form at the end of their project.


  • 5pm Monday, 1st August 2016
  • 5pm Monday, 24th October 2016
  • 5pm, Monday 6th February 2017

Completed applications (from Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway) to be sent by post to:

Kay McCluskey
CABN, Arts Development, Live Borders
Room 304, Tower Mill

or by email to:

(We will acknowledge receipt of your application, if you do not hear from us within 5 working days please get in touch).

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application no later than 6 weeks after the published deadlines.


Should an applicant wish to discuss any aspect of submitting an application – indeed this is recommended – please contact Mary Morrison or Amy Marletta using the contact details below. Enquiries from the Scottish Borders should be directed to Mary and from Dumfries and Galloway to Amy:

Mary Morrison
Creative Leader CABN : Creative Arts Business Network
Tel: 01450 360689
Mobile: 07789 944993

Amy Marletta
Professional & Talent Development Manager, Upland
Tel:  07871 201473

Before you complete your application please refer to the guidance notes from Creative Scotland, advice on how to complete an artists statement from Cultural Enterprise Office and these top tips.


Application process now closed.

You can request further information by emailing:

Links to Funders

Creative Scotland

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Wellcome Trust

Scottish Borders Council Business Fund

Hope Scott Trust (provides practical information and support on finance and funding to help you start up and grow your business.)