Funding is available to support the creation of new affordable spaces for people working in the creative industries in Aberdeen.
The total Creative Spaces Development Funding Programme budget is £100,000. Grants of between £5,000 and £100,000 are available.
Creative Spaces Research Awards
Small research awards of up to £2,500 are now available to applications for projects which are not at a stage where they are ready for development funding and may require further research to develop. These awards can be used to develop business models, conduct research and pilot small scale temporary projects.
Funding is provided by Aberdeen City Council, who are committed to supporting the development of arts and culture in the city, whether that is the intrinsic value of creating or the social, educational and economic benefits of cultural activity and events.
Creative Spaces is a new initiative from Aberdeen City Council's Culture Programme to support the development of affordable spaces for creative industries practitioners. The first year of the programme is aimed at supporting the development of independently run creative spaces in Aberdeen.
The fund’s eligiblity criteria are adapted from the objectives of the city’s cultural strategy, Vibrant Aberdeen and in response to the identified priorities within the Aberdeen cultural assets mapping report.
Vibrant Aberdeen sets out the following objectives:
- The establishment of a cohesive cultural sector.
- An increase in community engagement with cultural activity.
- Improvement of the city’s cultural profile.
- Increased investment in culture.
- Effective monitoring and evaluation of the impact of culture.
The following types of spaces have been identified as a priority for support:
- Artist/creative industry studios.
- Rehearsal and residency spaces.
- Production workshops.
- Creative mixed use facilities (must be used for new production primarily).
Grants cannot be used for the following:
- Applications for projects which could be considered as primarily exhibition, performance or retail spaces (however these elements can form part of proposal for a primarily production focused mixed use space).
- Organisation’s existing revenue or staff costs.
- Activity which can be considered as ‘core’ programming.
- Projects which will take place outside Aberdeen City.
- Capital projects already in receipt of support from Aberdeen City Council.
- Projects which support or promote religious or political activity.
- Individual practitioners.
Grants are available to organisations and groups working in the creative industries in Aberdeen City. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the following:
- Evidence of ability to facilitate high quality artistic practice and activities.
- Capacity to manage an arts venue.
- An equal opportunities statement or policy (or willingness to adopt Aberdeen City Council’s).
All applicants will need to demonstrate how their project meets the need for affordable work spaces for artists and creative industry practitioners as well as:
- retaining talent within the city;
- building capacity within the creative sector;
- demonstrating a sustainable approach to business planning; and
- a proactive approach towards partnership working and public engagement.
Match funding is not a requirement, however it is expected that applicants seek additional funding to support their project, which could include sponsorship, other awards, funding schemes or in-kind contribution (staff time, equipment, own cash etc.). Additional funds would be advantageous during the assessment process and may be evaluated as essential for larger projects.
The Creative Spaces Development Funding scheme will provide funding support towards the start-up costs of new pilot production spaces, with a view to them being sustainable beyond the initial period of support and becoming case studies for models of best practice.
Funding can be used for the following start-up costs:
- Small capital, design and refurbishment costs.
- New equipment.
- New programming.
- Training and professional development costs.
- Marketing and communication.
The 2015/16 application deadline was 30 November 2015 (9am).
Link to guidelines:
The scheme operates a two stage application process:
Stage 1: Registration Form
All applicants must submit a registration form first, providing an outline of their project and contact details. This is to allow the awards panel to assess if the applicant's project is at a point where it can be considered for full funding or make recommendation for further research to be undertaken. Applicants that do not complete and submit a registration form will not be eligible to apply for development funding.
Stage 2 Application Form
Upon submission of their registration form applicants will be advised if they are eligible to apply for development funding. If the project is not sufficiently developed to be considered, applicants will have the opportunity to apply for a Creative Spaces Research Award, a small grant to develop and research the concept and potentially pilot the project.
Both the Registration Form and Application Form are available online.