Arts Opportunities and Funding

Arts development.

Culture Fund: Open Pot

Background

The Culture Fund is an annual open pot made available by Orkney Islands Council to support Arts, Culture and Heritage projects in Orkney.

Who can apply?

The Culture Fund supports formerly constituted not-for-profit organisations in producing, delivering or promoting cultural activity and/or programmes. This fund will support cultural organisations for their general running costs as well as specific activities. It will also support non-cultural organisations to deliver cultural activities and programmes. This fund will support cultural organisations for their general running costs as well as specific activities. It will also support non-cultural organisations to deliver cultural activities and programmes. Applicants will have to have clear financial procedures and produce audited accounts in keeping with the scale of their operation.

What can be applied for?

Cultural activity is defined as:

This includes festivals, museums, heritage centres and arts projects and is aimed at enabling Orkney residents to access the highest quality cultural events and activities as well as publicising Orkney to visitors.

This Fund is allocated by Orkney Islands Council on an annual basis, via an open application process and is managed by the Arts, Museums and Heritage Service within Education, Leisure and Housing.

The application form and guidance notes are available in PDF format from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.

Deadline

Applications for the most recent round of funding closed on Friday, 7 February 2020.

Case Study

In 2018/2019, 26 organisations were awarded support for projects as diverse as Consciousness After School Club's 'Making Noise Against Suicide' to Orkney Heritage Society's 'Orkney Memorial to the Victims of the Witchcraft Trials', Reel Life's 'Slow Music Session' and Stromness Drama Club's production of 'Macbeth'.

Additional Funding

Creative Scotland have additional artform funding partners. Further information can be accessed from the 'Related Sites' section of this page.

Create:Networks Fund

This fund is to help organisations, creative businesses or creative practitioners create new, or develop existing, local creative business networks in Scotland. The fund will support these networks through knowledge sharing, peer-to-peer networking, and business and market development support. Successful applicants will be expected to develop a 12-month programme which establishes a local business network, to support broad-based creative business and market development activity. The network will ultimately deliver public benefit by helping the participating creative practitioners and businesses to grow and become more sustainable.

Further details can be found on the Creative Scotland website which can be accessed from the 'Related Sites' section of this page.

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards

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We are seeking innovative applications from individual artists and makers based in Orkney that demonstrate a commitment to advancing creative practice and professional development. The total fund for disbursement is £7,500 with awards between £500 and £1,500 available, depending on the scale and quality of the proposal. In addition, £500 bursaries are available to new graduates / emerging artists.

This fund is managed by the Arts Development Service on behalf of Creative Scotland, with the support of Orkney Islands Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

To download an application pack please click on this link then select “VACMA Application Forms by Local Authority”.

Deadline

Applications for the most recent round of funding closed on Tuesday, 4 February 2020.

Case Studies

To find out about previous artists who have received funding, visit the Case Studies section. This can be accessed from the 'Related Links' section of this page.

Corra Foundation

On 5 March 2020, Corra Foundation launched its 10-year strategy, which includes a new approach to Henry Duncan Grants, the £1 million a year programme that support grassroots charities in Scotland.

Corra’s strategy centres on strengthening and amplifying people’s voices and power to make change. Reflecting this, the strategy was developed with input from charities who said they wanted funding that comes with trust and time. In response, Henry Duncan Grants will offer simpler processes, with grants of up to five years, unrestricted wherever possible.

Over the coming decade Corra believes the power to create change rests with people themselves. Corra’s role is to ensure that people with ideas for radical change are supported, skilled, connected and confident.

For further information visit their website, which can be accessed from the 'Related Sites' section of this page.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

A range of funding opportunities in relation to innovation and entrepreneurship is available from a variety of external sources, including:

Further information on all of the above is available on their websites which can be accessed from the ‘Related Sites’ section of this page.

SANE Creative Awards Scheme

Aims to improve the quality of life for people with mental health problems, their carers and families by supporting their artistic aspirations and helping fulfil their creative potential. Awards will be given to cover or contribute to the cost of materials, specific projects or training courses, or towards providing replacement care in the case of carers who wish to apply. Awards range from £75 to £300.

Proposals can be submitted for works of visual art. For the purposes of the scheme, visual art encompasses all forms of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, mixed media and digital art.

For more information contact Thomas Andrews by email or telephone 02038051790.

Closing date: Friday, 17 July 2020.

Further Information

For further information about any of the above details, please contact Emma Gee, Arts Officer:

Address: Education, Leisure and Housing, Council Offices, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY.

Telephone: 01856873535 extension 2406.

Email: Emma Gee.

Related Links

Related Sites

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

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