Funding is available to support Scottish young people aged 14-20 to develop their talent in a range of creative areas.
Both individuals and groups may apply for funding ranging between £50 and £600.
Creative Scotland is the national public body providing support to the arts, screen and creative industries. In November 2013, they launched Time to Shine, Scotland's first national youth arts strategy, which is centred on three key themes of:
- Creating and sustaining engagement.
- Nurturing potential and talent.
- Developing infrastructure support.
The Fund is administered by Young Scot, Scotland's national youth information and citizenship charity.
The Creative Scotland Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund has been launched in order to support young people aged 14-20 who require financial assistance in developing their talent within the creative industry.
Funding will be awarded to those young people who demonstrate enthusiasm, ambition and talent in their chosen field and who would benefit from financial assistance in order to develop this further.
The funding is open both to individual young people and groups of young people.
The purchase of equipment such as musical instruments or laptops will not normally be accepted as eligible expenditure unless it can be demonstrated that such equipment is necessary in overcoming one of the identified barriers to developing the applicant's talent.
Funding also cannot be provided for:
- Fees for workshops/courses where a bursary scheme is available and has already been paid.
- Activities that have already started.
Funding is available to young people aged between 14 and 20 who live in Scotland and wish to develop their talent in one or more of the following areas:
- Visual Arts.
- Digital Arts.
Funding is particularly targeted at those who may not be able to develop their talent further due to the barriers of:
- Affordability inability to afford costs related to arts activity.
- Geography issues with accessing opportunity due to their location.
- Disability issues with taking part due to cost or unsuitable infrastructure or support.
Applications are welcomed from individuals or groups.
Grants can be awarded to help support talent development through:
- Artistic development eg auditioning, training, participating in workshops, work shadowing or mentoring.
- Promotion and showcasing eg staging an exhibition, recording a demo, marketing a performance or publishing written work.
- Peer-to-peer delivery eg hosting a workshop or setting up a local group.