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.
Dumfries and Galloway Council, Live Borders, DG Unlimited and Upland in partnership with Creative Scotland are running a combined Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards Scheme 2017-2018. 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.
Individual awards between £500 and £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 total budget available for the scheme running in 2017/18 is £13,100. 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.
- Round 1 deadline: 5.00pm, 4 October 2017
- Round 2 deadline: 5.00pm, 7 February 2018*
*if funds remain after Round 2, a 3rd deadline for applications will be announced.
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:
Creative Leader CABN : Creative Arts Business Network
Tel: 01750 726400
Mobile: 07789 944993
Professional & Talent Development Manager, Upland
Tel: 07871 201473
Important Note: Mary Morrison will be unavailable for enquiries from 18 September to 29 September inclusive, during this time ALL enquiries should be directed to Amy Marletta.
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.
GUIDELINES AND APPLICATION FORMS:
You can download the guidelines and application form here:
Please note for the 2017-18 scheme, we are asking all applicants to complete an Equalities Monitoring Form. Creative Scotland have requested the additional information to better understand and evaluate their schemes and where support is going and identify any gaps in its distribution. The information provided will not be used as part of the assessment process.
Completed applications (from Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway) to be sent by post to:
Kay McCluskey, CABN
Arts & Creativity, Live Borders
St Mary’s Mill
or by e-mail to: Kay.McCluskey@liveborders1.org.uk
Receipt of applications will be acknowledged – if you have had no contact 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.