A scheme to provide access to high quality experiential opportunities in dance, film and music for young people (10-24 years) in communities where there is an identified and demonstrated need in Scotland.
There is a total funding amount worth £2.6 million for Phase 4.
The Cashback for Creativity Open Fund: Organisations may apply for funding worth up to £10,000. Further information will be published during April 2017.
The Cashback for Creativity Targeted Fund: Funding will be delivered through a portfolio of projects and programmes and organisations may apply for funding worth up to £120,000 that will support work for up to a duration of three years.
CashBack for Creativity is part of the Scottish Government's CashBack for Communities programme and is managed by Creative Scotland. Creative Scotland has been a delivery partner for CashBack for Communities since 2008, and as a result has substantial knowledge and understanding in regards to delivering arts-led activities to disadvantaged young people in Scotland.
This programme sits alongside other core youth arts initiatives within Creative Scotland which include the following: Time to Shine, the National Youth Arts Strategy and the Youth Music Initiative.
Phase 4 of CashBack for Creativity will run between April 2017 and March 2020. This programme delivers activity for disadvantaged young people in Scotland under the theme "creativity".
This programme intends to provide activities and opportunities, raising the attainment, ambition and aspirations of young people through the following:
- Through improving capacity and confidence.
- Through the development of personal and physical skills.
- Through altering behaviours and attitudes.
- Through improving wellbeing.
The Scottish Government will be celebrating the "Year of Young People" during 2018. In accordance with this programme of themed years, each CashBack for Creativity funded project is expected to contribute to Creative Scotland-led events throughout the year.
The overall purposes of the CashBack Programme are as follows:
- To reduce the attainment level gap between the most and least disadvantaged young people in Scotland.
- To increase aspirations and ambitions amongst disadvantaged young people across Scotland.
The Phase 4 CashBack programme brings new opportunities for arts organisations and their partners who are working with targeted young people, developing and delivering a three year programme of arts-based activity that will engage, inspire and offer progression pathways for disadvantaged young people.
The following types of applications will not be eligible for funding support:
- Proposals for the creation of permanent full-time or part-time positions which are not directly related to the project proposal.
- Project activity with an end date extending beyond 31 December 2019.
- Proposals with the sole or primary purpose of purchasing equipment or materials.
- Projects that involve participants who are outside of the eligible age range for this fund, meaning those who are either under the age of 10 or over the age of 25.
- Applications that have come from Further or Higher Education institutions.
- Projects where activities are taking place during school time and within a school setting.
It should be noted that CashBack for Communities is not able to fund anything that is part of a standard school course. Activities that take place within school time will only be considered if they are specifically targeted at young people as specified within the key criteria and if the activity is distinct, extra-curricular and delivered by an external source.
The following costs are considered to be ineligible:
- Organisational administrative costs except in cases where these are included as part of the Overhead Costs.
- Travel and subsistence costs which are unrelated to project delivery.
- Overseas travel costs.
- Capital equipment. This may include vehicles, computer and other IT equipment such as software or development costs.
- Appearance fees.
- Consultancy fees.
Funding may be allocated to projects and organisations which work within any or all of the following art forms: dance, screen, creative industries, music, theatre, drama, visual arts, literature, publishing, and multi-form art.
The scheme is open to registered charities, public sector agencies, artists' groups, commercial organisations, consortiums, joint organisations, foundation funded, local authorities and cultural and leisure trusts which are based in Scotland or are delivering benefit to the people of Scotland.
Applications will be accepted from foundations, flexibility funded organisations as well as networks and agencies.
- The capacity to engage the target client group.
- The capacity to implement activities which deliver programme outcomes.
- The capacity to deliver and manage the project.
Priority for investment will go to organisations that can deliver some or all of the following priorities:
- Programmes of work that consult with young people and engage them in the design.
- Programmes that support and develop young people's confidence, self-esteem, and positive behaviours through engagement with high quality creative activities.
- Programmes of work that demonstrate recognition of young people's progress and learning e.g. Young Scot Rewards scheme, Youth Achievement Awards.
- Programmes which demonstrate links and pathways with other providers to enable young people to progress.
- Programmes of work that involve trainees and continuing professional development for tutors/ staff that is appropriately budgeted for.
- Proposals which evidence partnership working between the cultural sector and the non-cultural sector (e.g. an arts organisation working with a youth organisation).
- Proposals delivering film and digital media activities.
- Proposals engaging young people on a regular basis over a period of time.
- Promote a positive image of young people.
- Proposals promoting equalities.
Funding is targeted at specific groups of young people. Activities should reach and focus upon the following disadvantaged young people:
- Those who are living within deprived areas.
- Those who are not in employment, education or training.
- Those who have been excluded or those who are at risk of being excluded from school.
- Those who are at risk of becoming involved in anti-social behaviour, offending or re-offending.
Applications for the Targeted Fund will be assessed according the following three key criteria:
- Capacity to engage target client groups.
- Capacity to deliver activities which will deliver project outcomes.
- Capacity to deliver and manage the project.
A minimum of 10% cash partnership investment of the total project budget is required in any application supported.
The Cashback for Creativity Targeted Fund: Projects and programmes will be funded that can provide opportunities for long term, sustained engagement of young people through informal learning opportunities that will improve their options for learning and employability.
Eligible costs may include the following:
- Professional time of artists, tutors and industry experts so that they may support young people within a range of roles. Tutors should be paid industry rates.
- Staff for the ongoing support of young people within a range of roles.
- The hiring costs of venues or equipment.
- Overhead costs that are worth up to 10% of the overall budget.
- Cost of materials worth up to 15% of the total budget.
- Training and ongoing professional development.
- Marketing costs.
- Associated travel costs.
The deadline for this fund in 2017 was 2 June 2017. The fund is now closed to applications but will re-open in 2018/19.
The last deadline for the CashBack for Creativity Targeted Fund was 3 April 2017.
The last deadline for the Cashback for Creativity Open Fund was 2 June 2017.
Details and deadline information for any future rounds will be reported when available.
The application should explain which of the target groups that the project will engage, and should demonstrate how the project will recruit and engage these young people.
Applications may be made on the CashBack for Creativity Targeted Fund Application Form, which can be found on the funding section of the Creative Scotland website. This should be submitted via email, unless a special request has been approved in advance.
All supporting documentation must be submitted at the point of application. The applicant should make it clear on the application form what supporting material has been included or how this may be accessed. This essential supporting material is as follows:
- A copy of founding legal documents such as articles of association, trust deeds or written constitution.
- An Equalities and Diversity Policy or an Equal Opportunities Policy. If the applicant has an Equalities Plan then they should also submit this.
- A copy of the applicant's Child Protection Policy.
- An agreement to involvement which should include the roles and responsibilities of all partners and partner organisations.
- A Curriculum Vitae or biographies of tutors and artists that should clearly demonstrate their experience of delivering activities for young people as well as art-form experience.
- A separate budget.
Successful project activity should happen between 1 May 2017 and 31 December 2019. All End of Project evaluation and monitoring should be submitted one month after the project completion date, submitted no later than 31 January 2020.
Officers from Creative Scotland will assess eligible applications. These officers will have relevant art form and other expertise that is appropriate to the funding programme. Decisions will be made by a panel of specialists from the Creative Scotland team and the CashBack for Creativity Programme Manager.