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Youth Arts emergency funding announced

The Scottish Government today announced the launch and opening of the Youth Arts Access Fund. The fund will be administered by Creative Scotland and is the first of several to be created as part of the £3 million set aside for Youth Arts in the Scottish Government’s culture and heritage emergency funding package.

Youth Arts Access Fund

A total of at least £1.2million in now available through the Access to Youth Arts Fund. This fund is designed to support both an increased range of music-making projects, as well as introducing projects delivering across wider art-form areas.

Full fund guidelines, including eligibility criteria and application forms, can be accessed on the Creative Scotland website here: Access to Youth Arts Fund page or by clicking the button below.


Publication of fund guidance & application formThursday 17 September 2020
Deadline for ApplicationsThursday 12 November 2020
Notify all applicants of decisionsTuesday 9 February 2021
Funded activity to beginFrom March 2021

The remaining funding will be split into a further 3 pots which are summarised below, more information on these can be found by clicking the button at the end of this article.

Small Grants Scheme

The roll out of the Youth Arts funds will continue on Thursday 24 September with the launch of a £700,000 Small Grants Scheme which will be open to organisations and local authorities and will provide funding directly to freelance artists to undertake artist led youth arts activities within communities. Full details will be announced on Thursday 24 September.

Time to Shine Nurturing Talent Fund

A further £50,000 is being assigned to the Time to Shine Nurturing Talent Fund which provides direct support to young people to develop and produce their own creative projects.

Youth Arts Targeted Fund

In addition, £1,050,000 is being allocated to support a number of targeted national and local area youth music and wider youth arts organisations with established track records and existing relationships with freelancers working with the fund’s priority groups to support the recovery and renewal of youth arts provision. These organisations will be invited to apply for the Youth Arts Targeted Fund by Tuesday 13 October.

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