The Regular Funding route is Creative Scotland's main source of funding for Scotland's arts and creative organisations.
The minimum amount of funding available through regular funding is £150,000 over three years per organisation/consortium. There is no official maximum amount however applicants should be realistic in terms of their request, bearing in mind the limited available sources.
At this stage, it is unknown what future Regular Funding budgets will be. However, Creative Scotland have made the decision to open for applications now so that there will be enough time for the application, assessment and decision-making process. Final decisions will not be made before receiving budget confirmation from the Scottish Government. This is currently to be expected during autumn 2017.
The budget will be made up of a mixture of Scottish Government and National Lottery funding.
This funding programme is administered by Creative Scotland. Creative Scotland is the national development body for the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland that distributes funding from the Scottish Government and National Lottery to support arts organisations in Scotland.
Creative Scotland's Regular Funding programme seeks to ensure Scotland has a breadth and range of arts and creative organisations and sustainable environments through which artists and creative people can deepen and deliver their work, their engagement with the public, and their professional networks. Regular funding will provide three-year funding for organisations, and is one of the key means by which the ambitions, priorities and connecting themes highlighted in the Creative Scotland 10-Year Plan will be addressed.
Regular funding will provide stable support for a range of organisations and consortia across Scotland who make an important contribution to the development of the arts, screen and creative industries, enabling them to plan and deliver activities over a three-year period.
Only constituted companies may apply and applications will not be considered from individuals or constituted groups. The following organisations will not be considered to be eligible:
- Those who are applying for activities that are not directly linked to the arts, screen or creative industries.
- Those who wish to fund activities that do not primarily benefit artists, creative practitioners, audiences or participants based in Scotland.
- Those who do not have a registered Scottish address except under exceptional circumstances where the applicant is delivering a clearly demonstrated benefit for Scottish people. This could include an organisation with a UK wide remit and a dedicated Scottish office, although the registered address is outside of Scotland.
- Companies that are limited by shares except in cases where there is proof that any profits will not be paid to shareholders.
- In cases where the organisational structure allows the company to pay any profits to members or shareholders.
- Those who are applying for funding for activities that intend to make a profit that will be distributed between members or shareholders.
Applications are expected from a wide range of organisations in Scotland. Some of these organisations may be delivering directly to audiences whereas others may be supporting the development of the arts, screen and creative industries through working alongside individual practitioners and organisations.
The following types of organisations are eligible to apply for funding:
- Registered Charities.
- Artists' Groups.
- Companies Limited by Guarantee.
- Cultural and Leisure Trusts.
- Community Interest Companies.
- Social Enterprises.
Applications are welcomed from existing Foundation Organisations, Projects Forming Programmes, Annual Clients, and other organisations that have the potential to make a significant contribution to the ambitions, priorities and connecting themes outlined in the Creative Scotland 10-Year Plan
It is anticipated that regular funding will enable organisations to undertake all the activities proposed in their three-year Business Plan. Organisations receiving regular funding would therefore not be expected to seek additional support from the new open project funding route except in very exceptional circumstances, and with the prior agreement of Creative Scotland.
Regular funding may support anything that an organisation requires in order to deliver the programme of work that is outlined within their business plan and application. This could include core running costs, equipment, staffing, artistic programming, administration, marketing, communications and capital costs.
The next deadline for this scheme is 3 April 2017.
Applicants may apply through email and should ensure to include a copy of their three year Business Plan, completed application form and relevant documents from the document checklist. These documents should be submitted as one single batch. After submitting, applicants will receive an email notification of receipt.
Applications will be judged in accordance with the following criteria:
- How well the applicant contributes towards Creative Scotland's Ambitions, with a particular focus upon Ambitions for Excellence and Experimentation, and Access and Enjoying Creative Experiences.
- The extent to which the Connecting Themes are embedded within the applicant's plans. These Connecting Themes are as follows: Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion, Creative Learning, Digital and Environment.
- Track record.
- Quality of work.
- How well the applicant approaches the following:
- Contributing towards developing the sector as well as other policy areas.
- Governance and management.
- Paying artists, creative practitioners and staff.
- Ensuring financial health.
Specialist officer assessments and specialist team discussions will take place during May and June 2017. Scenario planning and balancing the network will take place between July and September 2017. Approval by Creative Scotland's Board and decision announcements will take place Autumn/Winter 2017. The awards announcement will follow the 2018/19 Scottish Government budget. It is anticipated that this will take place between October and December 2017.