Media Release: Creative Scotland regular funding decisions 2015-18



• More organisations to benefit from three-year funding
• 119 organisations in the 2015 – 2018 portfolio
• 20 organisations new to three-year funding
• 57 organisations moving from shorter-term arrangements to three-year funding
• Increase in geographical spread across 21 local authority areas with more than 80% operating beyond their base location
• Support for three-year funding increases from £90m to £100m

FOLLOWING an open application process, Creative Scotland is pleased to announce the portfolio of organisations that will receive Regular Funding for the three-year period, April 2015 to March 2018.

Regular Funding supports a range and breadth of creative organisations making a vital contribution to the current health and future development of the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland.

This portfolio enables more organisations, an increase from 45 (2012-2015) to 119 (2015-2018), to benefit from stable, three-year funding, reflecting both sector feedback and commitments made by the Creative Scotland Board.

The portfolio consists of 119 organisations demonstrating creative excellence, potential and ambition, with significant reach throughout Scotland and across many areas of practice.

Of the119 organisations in the portfolio, most are artist led, 20 are entirely new to long-term funding, 57 are moving from shorter-term funding arrangements, and 42 are already in receipt of three-year funding.

In response to the large number of high quality applications received for Regular Funding, Creative Scotland has increased the available budget to £100m from the £90m originally published, within our existing budget.

Janet Archer, chief executive of Creative Scotland said: “I am delighted to announce such a creatively rich and diverse portfolio of regularly funded organisations. It represents some of Scotland’s most important, innovative and exciting cultural organisations, producing and presenting great work across craft, dance, film, literature, music, theatre and visual art.

“Importantly, these organisations will also provide significant support for thousands of individual artists and the broader workforce across Scotland’s creative sector.

“Following a clear and robust decision making process, the final portfolio includes a mix of organisational scale as well as reflecting Scotland’s social and geographical diversity.

“I’m delighted that the portfolio includes 20 organisations that are new to regular funding alongside more established organisations that continue to be critical to cultural provision.

“I’m particularly pleased that this portfolio has a greater geographical spread than in previous years with organisations based in 21 local authority areas and more than three quarters of them operating beyond their base location, reaching audiences across the country.

“In direct response to the high number of fundable applications that we received, and by re-profiling our budgets over the next three years, we have been able to increase the overall budget for this round of regular funding from £90m to £100m. This enables us to provide better levels of support for more organisations in the portfolio to produce high quality work, strengthen audience bases and be operationally resilient.

“We received 264 applications for Regular Funding of which a significant number could have been supported through this funding route if more resources were available.

“I’d like to personally thank all the organisations that applied for the hard work that went into their submissions.

“While this is a clear illustration of the scale of creative potential and ambition that exists across Scotland, it also means that many of these organisations will be disappointed by the outcome this time round.

“While we will be able to fund some organisations through Open Project and Targeted Funding, this underlines the importance of Creative Scotland’s role in making the case for culture at every given opportunity in order to increase levels of support available in the future.

“Arts and creativity can create a sense of wellbeing and transform the quality of life for everyone. Evidence shows they can play an important part in all of our lives offering meaning and connection in a wealth of different ways. The organisations in this portfolio will make a significant contribution to this in Scotland.”

Some key facts about the portfolio include:

• Overall budget of £100m
• 119 organisations:

o 20 are organisations new to long-term funding
o 31 organisations move from annual funding to three-year regular funding
o 26 organisations move from two year programme funding to three-year regular funding
o 42 organisations remain in the three-year funding portfolio

• An increase in geographical spread, from 17 to 21 local authority areas with more than 80% operating beyond their base location
• Representation across craft, dance, film, literature, music, theatre and visual art
• A mix of organisational scale (from organisations receiving £150,000 to £7m over three years)
• Strong representation for youth arts and Gaelic language

Regular Funding is one of three routes to funding through Creative Scotland, alongside Open Project Funding for individuals and organisations, which opens for applications on 31 October, and Targeted Funding.

Details of the portfolio of regularly funded organisations and other routes to funding can be found on our website at


Notes to Editors

1. The portfolio of Regularly Funded Organisations 2015-18

Organisation Funding Awarded – 3 years (£)
Aberdeen Performing Arts 1,000,000.00
An Lanntair 1,210,000.00
Arika Heavy Industries 600,000.00
Atlas Arts 450,000.00
Ayr Gaiety Partnership * 225,000.00
Barrowland Ballet * 420,000.00
Birds of Paradise Theatre Company 450,000.00
Catherine Wheels Theatre Company 641,250.00
Celtic Connections 550,000.00
Centre for Contemporary Arts 1,920,000.00
Centre for the Moving Image 3,200,000.00
Citizens Theatre 3,333,000.00
Citymoves Dance Agency 300,000.00
Collective Gallery 850,000.00
Comar 1,250,000.00
Conflux Scotland * 450,000.00
Cove Park 400,000.00
Craft Scotland 975,900.00
Cryptic 750,000.00
Cumbernauld Theatre 740,000.00
Curious Seed * 366,225.00
Dance Base 1,225,000.00
Dance House 240,000.00
Deveron Arts 330,000.00
Dovecot Foundation * 300,000.00
Drake Music Scotland 350,000.00
Dundee Contemporary Arts 2,000,000.00
Dundee Repertory Theatre 3,255,450.00
Dunedin Consort * 300,000.00
Eden Court 2,100,000.00
Edinburgh Art Festival 300,000.00
Edinburgh Festival Fringe 210,000.00
Edinburgh International Book Festival 836,000.00
Edinburgh International Festival 6,952,000.00
Edinburgh Printmakers 480,000.00
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop 700,000.00
Edinburgh World City of Literature Trust 285,000.00
Enterprise Music Scotland 675,000.00
Feis Rois 660,000.00
Feisean Nan Gaidheal 1,400,000.00
Festival & King’s Theatre * 315,000.00
Fife Contemporary Art And Craft 300,000.00
Fire Exit 525,000.00
Fruitmarket Gallery 2,000,000.00
Glasgow Film Theatre 1,900,000.00
Glasgow International 270,000.00
Glasgow Lunchtime Theatres * 450,000.00
Glasgow Print Studios 480,000.00
Glasgow Sculpture Studios 500,000.00
Glasgow Women’s Library * 300,451.00
Grid Iron Theatre Company 660,000.00
Hands Up for Trad 400,000.00
Hebrides Ensemble 550,000.00
Highland Print Studio 300,000.00
Horsecross Arts 1,000,000.00
Hospitalfield Arts * 300,000.00
Imaginate 1,095,000.00
Indepen-dance 300,000.00
Janice Parker Projects * 350,000.00
Luminate 300,000.00
Lung Ha’s Theatre Company 440,455.00
MacRobert Arts Centre 1,230,000.00
Mischief La-Bas 615,000.00
Moniack Mhor 349,000.00
National Youth Choir of Scotland 600,000.00
National Youth Orchestras of Scotland 650,000.00
North East Arts Touring 250,000.00
North Lands Creative Glass 550,000.00
NVA 450,000.00
Paragon Ensemble * 300,000.00
Peacock Visual Arts 800,000.00
Pier Arts Centre 800,000.00
Pitlochry Festival Theatre 1,275,000.00
Plan B Collaborative Theatre 740,000.00
Platform – Glasgow East Arts 330,000.00
Playwrights’ Studio Scotland 575,806.00
Project Ability 430,000.00
Publishing Scotland 840,000.00
Puppet Animation Scotland 551,000.00
Rapture Theatre * 375,000.00
Red Note Ensemble 645,000.00
Regional Screen Scotland 638,500.00
Royal Lyceum Theatre Company 3,000,000.00
Scottish Book Trust 2,579,792.00
Scottish Dance Theatre 2,689,560.00
Scottish Ensemble 1,000,000.00
Scottish Film Limited (Film Hub Scotland) * 188,820.00
Scottish Music Centre 570,000.00
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra 650,000.00
Scottish Poetry Library 950,000.00
Scottish Sculpture Workshop 585,000.00
Shetland Arts Development Agency 750,000.00
Solar Bear 600,000.00
St Magnus International Festival 500,000.00
Stellar Quines 500,000.00
Street Level 441,000.00
Taigh Chearsabhagh Trust 305,000.00
The Arches 1,295,650.00
The Beacon (Greenock Arts Guild) * 600,000.00
The Common Guild 540,000.00
The Gaelic Books Council 620,000.00
The National Piping Centre 450,000.00
The Stove Network * 150,000.00
The Touring Network 360,000.00
The Work Room * 330,000.00
Timespan – Helmsdale Heritage and Arts Society * 285,000.00
Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS)* 1,270,500.00
Tramway 1,050,000.00
Transmission Gallery 210,000.00
Travelling Gallery 460,000.00
Traverse Theatre 2,600,000.00
Tron Theatre 2,421,000.00
Vanishing Point 817,000.00
Visible Fictions 660,000.00
Voluntary Arts Scotland 300,000.00
Wigtown Festival * 208,500.00
Woodend Arts 400,000.00
YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) 550,000.00
Youth Theatre Arts Scotland 400,000.00
TOTAL £99,696,859.00

* organisations new to long term funding arrangements

1 Some sector development bodies will be supported through Targeted Funding. This is a policy decision in order to enable Regular Funding to focus on support for organisations that create, distribute or present artistic work.

2 Some strategic gaps in the cultural provision were identified through the Regular Funding application process, including weaknesses in cultural diversity and digital leadership and innovation. These will be addressed through Targeted Funding support and through Creative Scotland working closely with representatives from the arts, screen and creative industries.

3 Funding agreements will be subject to amendment should overall grant in aid budgets decrease during this three-year period.

2. The decision making process

• The Regular Funding programme opened on 9 April 2014, with a deadline for applications of 7 July.
• Guidance on Regular Funding can be found here:
• The portfolio of Regularly Funded Organisations (RFOs) is announced on 30 October.
• This follows a two stage decision making process:

o Stage 1: all applications were assessed individually against published criteria by staff with the appropriate art form knowledge and discussed in detail by art form teams.
o Stage 2: those applications recommended for consideration were then discussed in detail by the senior team at Creative Scotland, including art form leads, with the aim of building as balanced a portfolio as possible of regularly funded organisations across the arts, screen and creative industries, geography, scale and diversity.

• The recommended portfolio was then presented to the Board for final approval on 16 October.
• Creative Scotland also undertook an Equality Impact Assessment of the Regular Funding application process and the final recommended portfolio to ensure inclusivity and accessibility (LINK).
• All organisations not included in the Regular Funding portfolio but who are currently receiving funding as a ‘Programme’ organisation have had their funding confirmed until at least 31 March 2015.
• All organisations that are not part of the final portfolio of Regularly Funded Organisations are able to apply for support through the Open Project Fund, which opens for applications 31 October (

3. Creative Scotland Funding

• Creative Scotland distributes funding from two main sources, the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. We do this through three funding routes:

• Regular Funding 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 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. It provides stable support for a range of organisations/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 3 year period.
o Guidelines published: 9 April 2014
o Applications accepted from: 9 May 2014
o Deadline for applications: 7 July 2014
o Decisions reached: 30 Oct 2014
o Funding awarded: For period April 2015 – March 2018

• Open Project Funding will be available to a wide range of organisations and individuals working across Scotland in the arts, screen and creative industries. Open Project Funding replaces most of the project based funding programmes previously operated by Creative Scotland. Open Project Funding will support a broad spectrum of activity including: creative and professional development; research and development; production; small capital requirements; touring and collaborations; festivals; arts programming; audience development, etc. A full list of activities to be supported through this route are set out in the Open Project Funding application guidance, which we are publishing today. Support will be available for projects of different scale and duration with the maximum period of award being set at 2 years. Awards will be in the range £1,000 to £100,000 (or up to £150,000 by exception).
o Guidelines published: 1 October 2014
o Open for applications: 31 October 2014
o Funding awarded: From December 2014 (for a period up to 2 years)

• Targeted Funding addresses specific activities and development needs in a sector, specialism, and/or geographic area, and is shaped in response to sectoral reviews, strategic planning and consultation with external partners. Funds allocated by the Scottish Government for specific purposes (such as the Youth Music Initiative, and Cashback for Creativity) and lottery funds for Film and Television development also sit within Targeted Funding. These funds are open to application. A small number of targeted programmes will focus on delivering shared strategic goals with partners.

• This new funding approach was announced on 9 April 2014 ( and reflects Creative Scotland’s commitment to introduce a clear and simple funding approach that provides access to both long-term and project funding for individuals and organisations, as set out in our Action Plan for Change, published in March 2013 (

4. Creative Scotland’s 10-year plan

• On 9 April, we published our 10-year plan, Unlocking Potential, Embracing Ambition, which sets out a ten-year vision for the arts, screen and creative industries and Creative Scotland’s role in helping to deliver that vision.
• The Plan presents a shared vision for the arts, screen and creative industries, one that is a call to action for everyone working, or interested in the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland.
• The publication of the plan followed a period of extensive consultation and the contribution of almost 1000 people from across the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland.
• There are 5 ambitions that frame our work over the next 10 years, covering themes of:

o Excellence and experimentation
o Access and enjoyment
o Places and quality of life
o Leadership and workforce; and
o International connections

• 9 April also marked the launch of our new Regular Funding Programme, marking the next phase of implementation of a new simplified approach to funding.

For further information, please contact:

Kenneth Fowler
Director of Communications
07970 557 960

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We do this through funding, development, advocacy and influence and we distribute funding from the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.

We want Scotland to be a country where excellence and experimentation across the arts, screen and creative industries is recognised and valued; everyone can access and enjoy artistic and creative experiences; places and quality of life are transformed through imagination, ambition and an understanding of the potential of creativity; ideas are brought to life by a diverse, skilled and connected leadership and workforce; Scotland is a distinctive creative nation connected to the world.

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