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£600k fund for creative projects announced


Inspiring Scotland has revealed a new programme that aims to support and empower individuals and communities to develop cultural activities

Creative organisations are being invited to apply for new funding.

Inspiring Scotland has revealed a new programme that aims to support and empower individuals and communities to develop cultural activities.

The Creative Communities programme will distribute up to £600,000 to support communities to develop new initiatives involving culture and creative arts for the period October 2020-June 2021.

In addition to investing in projects, the funder will provide a number of community organisations with development support to progress ideas to the point where they can be more fully funded over the course of a second year.

The programme has been developed to deliver key aspects of the new Culture Strategy for Scotland and is jointly funded by the Scottish Government through the Culture, Tourism and Major Events Directorate and the Justice Directorate.

Although no predetermined outcomes are set, it is anticipated that funded projects will work to improve mental wellbeing and reduce loneliness, as well as encouraging diversion from criminal behaviour and involvement with the criminal justice system.

Justice secretary Humza Yousaf said: “In launching Creative Communities at this time, we recognise the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on our creative sector and communities.

“The importance and benefits of the arts are crucial at this challenging time. I am keen to continue the good work of the Cashback for Communities programme by providing more diversionary activities within the culture sector to help steer young people away from potential antisocial or even criminal behaviour.”

Inspiring Scotland’s chief executive Celia Tennant said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Scottish Government to deliver the Culture Strategy through Creative Communities. We look forward to supporting a community-led approach, developing cultural activities which will lead to improved outcomes for people and communities. The third sector will be a key partner and we look forward to working alongside them and other local partners to make a difference to communities across Scotland”

You can find out more and request an application form here. One-to-one surgeries will be held throughout July and a webinar will be held on 15 July.



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