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Creative Edinburgh Funding Opportunities

As the majority of us are adjusting to this new digital working world, it can be a difficult time for anyone. We're here to help and will continue to share useful resources,(this will open in a new window) funding opportunities and light-hearted relief through our social media channels, communications and digital events programme.

With many experiencing financial difficulties, we've collated a list of grants and funding available to help you in light of COVID-19, with a short description and links to applications for each. Due to the circumstances, closing dates are interchangeable and you can click through for full information on each scheme.

We will continually be updating this blog with available opportunities, if you know of any funding opportunities we've missed, send us an email or let us know via social media via Twitter(this will open in a new window), Facebook(this will open in a new window) and Instagram(this will open in a new window).

Visual Arts Scotland Emergency Art Workers Support Fund

We're delighted to announce Creating Edinburgh are supporting Visual Arts Scotland Emergency Art Workers Support Fund(this will open in a new window), a temporary relief fund that aims to support Creative Practitioners who have been impacted by COVID-19. From our digital events, we will be donating a proportion of proceeds towards this cause which aims to ensure fixed micro-grants of £250 will go to individuals who have no other current financial support or savings, who are facing an immediate loss of income from their creative freelance work, to help cover losses incurred by cancelled or postponed work in recent weeks.

Government Support

Self-employment Income Support Scheme (this will open in a new window)- A new scheme introduced by the UK Government to pay freelancers who have lost earnings a grant worth 80% of average income, up to £2,500.

Universal Tax Credit(this will open in a new window) - Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs. It’s paid monthly - or twice a month for some people in Scotland(this will open in a new window). You may be able to get it if you’re on a low income or out of work.

Supporting Communities Fund(this will open in a new window) - Scottish Government has made a £40m fund available to community organisations including those that are not registered charities to support small scale community resilience.

Creative Scotland Funding

Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development(this will open in a new window) - Creative Scotland have launched an updated version of the Open Project Fund; Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development to provide support for individuals and organisations to sustain their creative development in the coming months.

Bridging Bursary (Arts and Creative) (this will open in a new window)- The Bridging Bursary (Arts and Creative) fund is prioritising support to freelance practitioners whose primary source of income comes from their creative work in the not-for-profit sector and to those most in need.

Film / TV

Screen Scotland: Bridging Bursary Programme(this will open in a new window) - Support for freelance or self-employed screen practitioners working in Scotland’s screen sector (exhibition, distribution, development, production or postproduction for film or television, scripted or unscripted, live-action or animation, talent and skills development, film education) who are experiencing immediate financial difficulty due to the loss of screen sector income in Scotland as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Film & TV COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund(this will open in a new window) - Created in partnership with the BFI. The Film + TV Charity are able to provide one-off grants from £500 to £2,500 to active workers in film, TV and cinema facing significant financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

Art & Culture

Disability Arts Online(this will open in a new window) - Disability Arts Online has launched a new commissions pot which disabled artists can apply to, including paid opportunities across Artist Presentations, Day in the Life articles and Open Commissions.

The Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant (this will open in a new window)- For painters, sculptors and printmakers who have been creating mature art for at least 20 years and who are in current financial need.

Wellbeing Fund(this will open in a new window) - Scotland’s Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) are managing a £48m Wellbeing Fund from Scottish Government to enable national and local action by third sector organisations to reach the most vulnerable groups.

City of Edinburgh Council(this will open in a new window) Flexible Fund: Diversity and Inclusion(this will open in a new window) - A new £100,000 fund to support Edinburgh-based Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) artists, practitioners and producers in the Capital’s arts and culture sector.

Nesta - Arts & Culture Impact Fund(this will open in a new window) - Nesta’s Arts & Culture Finance team has launched a new £20 million impact investment fund for the UK’s arts, culture and heritage social enterprises.

Music

PRS Emergency Relief Fund(this will open in a new window) - PRS members globally can apply for grants of up to £1000 each, depending on need, to support creators and the music industry.

Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund(this will open in a new window) - The Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund was established to alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures that many professional musicians may be facing.

RPS Composers Programme(this will open in a new window) - The Royal Philarmonic Society Composers Programme aims transform the prospects of promising composers, helping them take their first critical steps in establishing a career. The grant covers a range of commissions and the chance for your work to be performed with a noted ensemble, venue or festival.

Charities / Grassroots

Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust(this will open in a new window) - The Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust offers grants to registered charities active in Great Britain.

National Emergencies Trust(this will open in a new window) - A Coronavirus Appeal(this will open in a new window) to raise funds for local charities and grassroots organisations that can provide vital support to people in the quickest way possible.

Third Sector Resilience Fund(this will open in a new window) - A £20m emergency fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland. CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund(this will open in a new window) - A Fund to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.

Additional Grants / Funding

CI Small Research Grants(this will open in a new window) - Creative Informatics has launched an open competition for small research grants aimed at early career researchers, based at University of Edinburgh or Edinburgh Napier University, proposing projects or activities that explore innovative uses or applications of data in the creative and cultural sector.

Connected Innovators (this will open in a new window)- Part of the Creative Informatics programme,(this will open in a new window) our new funding stream Connected Innovators gives you the opportunity to apply for funding for research and development or professional development, with up to £10,000 available.

The Princes's Trust and Natwest Enterprise Relief Fund (this will open in a new window)- The £5million Enterprise Relief Fund will offer grants to 18 to 30-year olds across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business. In conjunction with cash grants, the initiative will offer one-to-one support and guidance to anyone who needs it and who may be worried about their future.

European Culture of Solidarity Fund(this will open in a new window) - The Fund supports imaginative cultural initiatives that, in the midst of the global pandemic crisis, reinforce European solidarity and the idea of Europe as a shared public space.

Edinburgh University Community Grants (this will open in a new window)- The purpose of the scheme is to 1) Bring value to new or existing partnerships between the University and local communities. 2) Have a positive social impact. 3) Create learning opportunities (including informal and nontraditional forms of learning).

Closing date

No closing date

Ongoing funding

Yes

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