Closing Date: Friday, 25 January, 2019 - 13:00
Maximum Available: £10,000
Information Source: Grantfinder


The CashBack for Creativity programme is delivered as part of the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities Programme - Phase 4 programme. The Open Arts Fund is administered by Youth Link Scotland on behalf of Creative Scotland.

The two objectives of the Cashback for Creativity programme are:

  • Access and Participation – creating high quality experiences for the hardest to reach young people and breaking down barriers to participation.
  • Learning and Progression – creating pathways for further learning and development, including nurturing excellence.

Objectives of Fund

The Open Arts Fund is one of three strands of the CashBack for Creativity programme, which is part of the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities Programme - Phase 4 programme, an initiative which reinvests the proceeds of crime back into communities in order to benefit Scotland’s young people.

The Open Arts Fund aims to deliver the following outcomes:

  • Increase the numbers of young people aged 10-24 participating in high quality arts programmes, increase the access to arts programmes for young people who would not normally have access, or who are considered to be vulnerable or at risk of offending.
  • Increase the confidence and self-esteem of young people, and develop positive behaviours.
  • Help young people to develop confidence in their skills and develop aspirations for further learning and development.
  • Encourage young people progress onto further learning, training and personal development opportunities.
  • Increase the number of opportunities for young people who are from areas which demonstrate need eg geographic isolation, lack of cultural opportunities, and/or areas within the top 15% on the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) index.

Previous Success

Creative Scotland has been a delivery partner of the project since its inception in 2008 and over 40,000 young people across the country have participated in the programme so far. The programme runs until March 2020, and the following has so far been distributed across two strands:

  • £1.5 million was awarded to 15 projects in September 2017, each receiving up to £120,000, to support a three-year programme of activity through the Targeted Fund.
  • £250,000 was awarded to 34 projects in September 2017, each receiving up to £10,000 to deliver high quality arts activities for up to 12 months through the CashBack Open Fund. This fund is administered by Youth Link Scotland and will have further deadlines.

Value Notes

A total of £300,000 is available, to be to individual proposals in amounts of up to £10,000.