Creative Scotland Bursary: Support for disabled artists

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If you are a disabled person who works in the creative industries in Scotland, and you have lost out on work due to the Covid-19 outbreak, then you may well be eligible for one of the three new funding programmes from Creative Scotland: The Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund; The Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund; Open Fund – Sustaining Creative Development. Below we go into a little more detail about each fund.

If you feel like you would like some support in applying to any of these opportunities – anything big or small – please get in touch with us via the email address all@boptheatre.co.uk in the first instance, and someone will get back to you.

📌 Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund

FUND NOW OPEN AGAIN

What is it? 

  • A fund for artists and freelancers who have lost income from their creative work and/or practice due to COVID-19
  • The fund offers a one-off payment of between £500 and £2500 to help support your immediate needs, ie – food, rent, bills
  • You may request more than £2500 if your request includes access costs
  • It will support and prioritise those most in need, particularly those who are least likely to benefit from the recently announced Job Retention Scheme and Self Employment Income Support scheme

Who is it for?

  • The fund is for artists and freelancers who have lost income from their creative work and/or practice due to COVID-19
  • You must earn “a significant proportion” of your income from working in the creative industries (they will work out if this applies to you once you submit your application)
  • You must have lost income due to a project or job being cancelled because of COVID-19

How do I apply?

  • You need to supply a CV (Curriculum Vitae) or a short supporting statement of your work. (A CV is a short document which summarises a person’s background, skills, experience and achievements.) – BOP can support you in putting a CV together
  • You need to supply the name and address of a professional referee so they can verify you are a freelancer working in the creative industries
  • You need to complete and submit a simple online request form.
  • In rare cases, they will contact you to clarify information provided in your request
  • These awards are non-competetive

What happens next?

  • After approving your request, you will need to complete the Bank Details Form they will send out to you
  • Once you send that form back to them, they will pay you 100% of the bursary in one go
  • They are aiming to pay people money within four weeks of receiving the initial application form
  • You will not be required to sign a contract or complete any additional forms

For more information please visit the Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary page


📌 Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund

What is it? 

  • A fund for screen practitioners working in Scotland’s screen sector who are experiencing immediate financial difficulty due to the loss of screen sector income in Scotland as a result of COVID-19
  • The fund offers a one-off payment of between £500 and £2500 to help support your immediate needs, ie – food, rent, bills
  • You may request more than £2500 if your request includes access costs
  • It will support and prioritise those most in need, particularly those who are least likely to benefit from the recently announced Job Retention Scheme and Self Employment Income Support scheme

Who is it for?

  • The fund is for screen practitioners based in Scotland and working in Scotland’s screen sector who are experiencing immediate financial difficulty due to the loss of screen sector income in Scotland as a result of COVID-19
  • They anticipate applications from self-employed or freelancers such as crew, specialist festival and venue staff, postproduction, directors and film education and training practitioners. It does not include on-screen talent.
  • You must earn “a significant proportion” of your income from working in the creative industries (they will work out if this applies to you once you submit your application)
  • You must have lost income due to a project or job being cancelled because of COVID-19

How do I apply?

  • You need to supply a CV (Curriculum Vitae) or a short supporting statement of your work. (A CV is a short document which summarises a person’s background, skills, experience and achievements.)
  • You need to supply the name and address of a professional referee so they can verify you are a freelancer working in the creative industries
  • You need to complete and submit a simple online request form.
  • In rare cases, they will contact you to clarify information provided in your request
  • These awards are non-competetive

What happens next?

  • After approving your request, you will need to complete the Bank Details Form they will send out to you
  • Once you send that form back to them, they will pay you 100% of the bursary in one go
  • They are aiming to pay people money within four weeks of receiving the initial application form
  • You will not be required to sign a contract or complete any additional forms

For further information please visit the Screen Scotland Bridging Bursay page


📌 Open Fund - Sustaining Creative Development

What is it?

  • A fund to focus support on helping individuals and organisations sustain their creative practice
  • The fund realises that artists may have to rethink how they work in response to COVID-19 and that they may be looking at new ways to achieve this: ways of stabilising existing activity; ways of reimagining what you do; creative risks you want to take to help you achieve this.
  • The fund aims to enable organisations to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances
  • Applications of between £1k and £50k can be made
  • The Open Fund for Organisations will not be in competition for funding applications for individuals
  • The fund will be open all year round, with no deadlines, and can support activity for up to 12 months.
  • Applications forms will be available from Friday 3rd April 2020.

Who can apply?

Funding for Individuals:

  • Freelance and self-employed artists and creative practitioners in Scotland can apply for projects supporting the development of their practice.
  • You may apply for funding to work with others if your practice is collaborative.
  • They can accept applications of between £1,000 and £50,000.
  • You must have a UK bank account.
  • Their aim is to support as many individuals as possible to sustain their practice and they expect that most applications will be up to £15,000. However, they understand, that needs will vary depending on the project.

Funding for Organisations:

  • This fund is for organisations and groups based in Scotland whose work or project involves the arts, screen and creative industries.
  • All applicants must have a UK bank account.
  • You can apply for a grant from £1,000 to £15,000 or for a grant from £15,000 to £50,000.

For both Individuals and Organisations, if you are applying for a grant from £15,000 to £50,000 you will be asked some additional questions and be asked to complete a separate form for assessing risk.

How do I apply?

  • Applications will be open from Friday 3rd April 2020 (we will update this page when they have published the information)
  • There are no deadlines for this fund. You can apply at any time during the year.

For further information please visit the Open Fund – Sustaining Creative Development page