Media release: Three-year Regular Funding awarded to 116 organisations


Three-year Regular Funding
awarded to 116 organisations

Regular Funding 2018-21, will deliver three-year funding to a range and breadth of cultural and creative organisations across Scotland

116 organisations in the 2018-21 Regular Funding network

Including 19 organisations new to the network

The network demonrates creative excellence, potential and ambition, with significant reach across Scotland, and internationally, and across many areas of practice

The network consists of organisations that produce, present and distribute work as well as development organisations which will support the arts and creative sectors in Scotland to strengthen their future health and resilience

Following the welcome Scottish Government draft budget settlement, which enables the existing budget to be maintained, the network is supported entirely through Scottish Government Grant in Aid funding of £99m in total, over three years, underpinned by an exceptional three-year budget commitment

Plans also announced for a new strategic Touring Fund, with support from the National Lottery, operational in 2019, to support performing arts touring, offering a further alternative route to funding, alongside Open Project Funding and other Targeted Funds.

CREATIVE Scotland is today, Thursday 25 January 2018, pleased to announce the network of organisations that will receive Regular Funding for the three-year period, April 2018 to March 2021, following the conclusion of an open application process, full details here.

The network consists of 116 organisations, of which 19 are new and 97 continue with three-year funding, supported by £99m Grant in Aid funding through a three-year commitment from the Scottish Government, as set out in the recent draft budget statement.

The network demonstrates creative excellence, potential and ambition, with significant reach throughout Scotland, and internationally, and across many areas of creative practice including craft, dance, literature, music, screen, theatre and visual art.

The Regular Funding network consists of organisations that produce, present and distribute work; as well as development organisations which support the arts and creative sectors in Scotland to strengthen their future health and resilience.

Today, in response to recent strategic reviews of both Theatre and Touring; Creative Scotland also announce plans to create a new £2m Touring Fund in 2019/20, with support from the National Lottery, to support performing arts organisations in reaching more audiences in more parts of Scotland.

Organisations in the 2018-21 network, in turn, also support artists and creative practitioners across the country, in terms of employment and generating opportunities for public participation.

Support for creative learning and young people; Gaelic and Scots language; and traditional arts are also embedded into the network of 2018-21 Regularly Funded organisations, with a spread of activity across Scotland’s places and communities.

Janet Archer, chief executive of Creative Scotland, said: “I am pleased to announce the network of Regularly Funded organisations for 2018-21. This follows a welcome settlement from the Scottish Government in the recent draft budget enabling us to maintain the existing budget for Regular Funding.

“Regular funding provides three-year funding to a wide range of organisations which create, present and support excellence across craft, dance, literature, music, screen, theatre and visual arts, reaching out to all parts of Scotland and internationally.

“The network has been arrived at through a careful and thorough decision-making process involving staff across Creative Scotland and our Board. Regular Funding is a highly competitive application process where demand has once again, far outstripped available funding. While we can’t support everyone, we seek to provide a range of different opportunities to access support across all of our funding routes, including Open Project and Targeted Funding.

“With this in mind, we are developing a new £2m Touring Fund for 2019/20, with support from the National Lottery, as part of our Targeted Funds. This will support touring companies to work with venues to grow audiences, offering a further alternative route to funding for performing arts organisations not included in the Regular Funding network.”

Some key facts about the network include:

  • Overall budget of just over £99m
  • 116 organisations, 19 of which are new to Regular Funding and 97 continue on three-year funding
  • Representation across craft, dance, literature, music, screen, theatre, and visual art
  • A range of development organisations that will help strengthen future health and resilience of the arts and creative sectors
  • Support for young people and creative learning in this Year of Young People, 2018
  • Strong representation for Gaelic, Scots and Trad arts
  • Geographical coverage across all parts of Scotland.

Regular Funding is one of three routes to funding through Creative Scotland, alongside Open Project Funding for individuals and organisations, and Targeted Funding.

All organisations who have previously benefitted from Regular Funding, but who are not part of the 2018-21 network, will be offered transition funding for 6 months to the end of September 2018.

Five touring Theatre companies who are not recommended for the Network 2018-21, will receive 12 months’ transition funding to take current funding levels to the end of March 2019. These organisations are Mischief La Bas, Catherine Wheels, Fire Exit, Rapture Theatre and Visible Fictions.

Details of the network of Regularly Funded Organisations and other routes to funding can be found on our website at


Notes to editors:

  1. The network of Regularly Funded Organisations

Organisations awarded Regular Funding for the three-year period, April 2018 – March 2021

* = new to Regular Funding for 2018-21

Organisation Regular Funding 2018-21 – three years (£)
21CC (21 Common)* 245,972
A Play, A Pie and A Pint (Glasgow Lunchtime Theatres) 450,000
Aberdeen Performing Arts 1,000,000
Alchemy Film and Arts* 348,462
An Lanntair 1,210,000
Arika 600,000
Arts and Business Scotland* 600,000
ATLAS Arts 450,000
Barrowland Ballet 604,845
Beacon Arts Centre 600,000
Bodysurf Scotland* 586,277
CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts 1,920,000
Celtic Connections Festival 550,000
Centre for the Moving Image 3,200,000
Citizens Theatre 3,333,000
Citymoves Dance Agency 300,000
Collective 850,000
Comar 1,250,000
Common Guild 540,000
Conflux Scotland 450,000
Cove Park 399,000
Craft Scotland 1,000,000
Creative Carbon Scotland* 450,000
Creative Dundee* 332,031
Creative Edinburgh* 284,000
Cryptic 850,000
Cumbernauld Theatre Trust 800,000
Curious Seed 396,955
Dance Base 1,225,000
Deveron Projects 330,000
Drake Music Scotland 380,000
Dundee Contemporary Arts 2,000,000
Dundee Repertory Theatre 5,945,010
Eden Court Theatre and Cinema 1,500,000
Edinburgh Art Festival 300,000
Edinburgh International Book Festival 919,500
Edinburgh International Festival Society 6,952,000
Edinburgh Printmakers 480,000
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop 700,000
Enterprise Music Scotland 675,000
Federation of Scottish Theatre* 795,000
Fèis Rois 690,000
Fèisean nan Gàidheal 1,400,000
Fife Contemporary 315,000
Fruitmarket Gallery 2,000,000
Gaelic Books Council 620,000
Glasgow Film 1,900,000
Glasgow International 300,000
Glasgow Print Studios 480,000
Glasgow Sculpture Studios 530,000
Glasgow Women’s Library 359,968
Grid Iron Theatre Company 673,200
Hands Up for Trad 400,000
Highland Print Studio 300,000
Horsecross Arts 1,600,000
Hospitalfield Trust 300,000
Imaginate 1,095,000
Indepen-dance 346,000
Luminate 300,000
Lyra* 300,000
Macrobert Arts Centre 950,000
Magnetic North Theatre Productions* 300,000
Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre 405,000
National Piping Centre 450,000
National Youth Choir of Scotland 600,000
National Youth Orchestras of Scotland (NYOS) 650,000
NEoN (North East of North)* 271,000
North East Arts Touring 250,000
North Lands Creative Glass 650,000
Panel* 270,584
Paragon Ensemble 315,000
Peacock Visual Arts 770,000
Pier Arts Centre 800,000
Pitlochry Festival Theatre 1,275,000
Platform (Glasgow East Arts Co) 381,000
Playwrights Studio, Scotland 575,806
Project Ability 430,000
Publishing Scotland 923,500
Puppet Animation Scotland 551,000
Red Note Ensemble 645,000
Regional Screen Scotland 620,350
Royal Lyceum Theatre Company 3,630,000
Scottish Book Trust 2,579,792
Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN)* 387,000
Scottish Ensemble 1,000,000
Scottish Music Centre 570,000
Scottish Music Industry Association* 500,000
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra 650,000
Scottish Poetry Library 902,500
Scottish Sculpture Workshop 585,000
Shetland Arts Development Agency 750,000
Solar Bear 600,000
St Magnus International Festival 500,000
Starcatchers Production* 300,000
Stellar Quines Theatre Company 409,333
Stills: Centre for Photography* 441,000
Stove Network Limited 300,000
Street Level  Photoworks (Glasgow Photography Group) 441,000
Taigh Chearsabhagh Trust 305,000
The Barn 400,000
Theatre Gu Leòr* 420,000
Timespan 285,000
Tinderbox Collective* 300,000
Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre* 180,000
Touring Network (Highlands & Islands) 360,000
Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland 940,000
Tramway 1,050,000
Travelling Gallery 380,000
Traverse Theatre 2,600,000
Tron Theatre 2,540,050
Vanishing Point Theatre Company 850,000
Voluntary Arts Scotland 390,000
Wigtown Festival Company 258,000
Work Room 465,000
Y Dance (Scottish Youth Dance) 550,000
Youth Theatre Arts Scotland 400,000

2. The decision-making process

The Regular Funding programme opened on 16 January 2017, with a deadline for applications of 3 April 2017. The Network of Regularly Funded Organisations (RFOs) is announced on 25 January 2018.

The timings allowed for both application and assessment were in response to feedback from both the sector and our Staff after the previous application round in 2014

Note: Our original intention was to announce decisions in Autumn 2017, however, the timing of both the UK and Scottish Government budgets meant that final decisions needed to be delayed until January 2017, once Creative Scotland’s budget settlement was known (in December 2017).

There has been a careful and thorough five-stage decision making process

  • Stage 1 – Checks for eligibility and completeness
  • Stage 2 – Objective assessments (Specialism Officers)
  • Stage 3 – Specialism scenario planning (Specialism Teams)
  • Stage 4 – All eligible applications were discussed in the round by the senior team at Creative Scotland, including specialism and art form leads, with the aim of building a balanced network of regularly funded organisations across the arts, screen and creative industries, geography, scale and diversity within our available budget.
  • Stage 5 – Board decision

We also undertook an Equality Impact Assessment of the Regular Funding application, assessment and decision-making process.

In the application process, all organisations needed to clearly demonstrate clearly their vision and purpose and how their work helps to deliver our first two ambitions: ‘excellence and experimentation’ and ‘access and enjoyment’.

In addition, organisations were asked to demonstrate how their work contributed to Creative Scotland’s connecting themes; to the broader development of the sector; commitment to fair pay; that they have effective governance and leadership in place; that they are financially resilient and robust; and that they have a commitment to EDI.

Detailed and clear guidance is available here.

3. Strategic Touring Fund

Alongside the announcement of the Regular Funding Network, 2018-21, Creative Scotland has also announced the creation of a strategic Touring Fund, supported by the National Lottery, which will be one of our Targeted Funds for 2019/20, to support touring companies to work with venues to grow audiences.

This fund will support projects from April 2019 with a provisional budget of £2m, will be open to performing arts organisations and will provide those performing arts organisations not included in the Regular Funding Network with a further potential source of funding support, alongside Open Project funding and other Targeted funds

This approach reflects the recommendations made in 2016’s review of the challenges facing touring of theatre and dance in Scotland and subsequent work led by the Federation of Scottish Theatre and other performing arts organisations.

For further information, please contact:

Wendy Grannon
Media relations manager
07916 137 632


Sophie Bambrough
Media relations officer
07747 606 146

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