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The City of Edinburgh Council’s Flexible Fund (Diversity & Inclusion) - is a new £100,000 fund to support Edinburgh-based Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) artists, practitioners and producers in the Capital’s arts and culture sector opens for applications on 24 February 2020.

The City of Edinburgh Council’s Diversity & Inclusion Fund will focus on projects that promote greater creative collaboration between black, Asian and minority ethnic artists, practitioners and producers and Edinburgh-based cultural organisations.

Grants of up to £5,000, £10,000 and £20,000 will be awarded to organisations or individuals based in the Capital to help with the costs involved in developing new performing artwork (music, dance, spoken word and theatre), film making and screenings, digital art, cultural events and creative writing.

This is the first of two cultural project funding opportunities in Edinburgh, established through the creation of the Flexible Fund as part of the new approach for Third Party Cultural Grants agreed by the Council last year. Details of a second Flexible Fund opportunity, currently planned for Arts and Health Projects, will be announced in May 2020.

Online application form and guidelines can be accessed through the Council's Consultation Hub.

Application Deadline:  Friday 3 April 2020 (23:59 GMT)

Cultural Development, in partnership with Creative Scotland, offer funding opportunities for visual artists and craft makers living or based in Edinburgh for their creative development. The Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards (VACMA: Edinburgh) consists of three grant programmes as outlined below.   

The Edinburgh Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards (VACMA: Edinburgh) - awards grants to individual artists/makers towards costs in developing new work. Awards of between £500 and £1500 are available.

New Graduates/Emerging Artists Bursary – £500 bursaries are available to new graduates/emerging artists who have less than 3 years’ track record outside of education or training or graduated since 2016. 

Development/Mentoring Bursary -  The bursary programme will support two successful applicants to develop and progress their creative practice over twelve months. Successful applicants will be awarded £1,500 as a bursary.

Please contact Jo Navarro, Cultural Development Officer, Tel No: 0131 529 6716 for further details or an informal chat about VACMA.

Application forms and guidelines for the Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards are available to download here.

Visit Creative Scotland VACMA for general tips on applying.

There is a local advice session taking place on Friday, 24 January 2020, 10am at the City Art Centre.  For further information and to book visit VACMA: Edinburgh Local Advice Session.

Application Deadline:  Tuesday 4 February 2020, 5pm

Culture Project Fund - The City of Edinburgh Council has once again partnered with The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo to support artistic and cultural projects that benefit Edinburgh and those who live in and visit the city.  The fund has been developed following on from the City of Edinburgh Council Culture Plan, which has a vision that city partners work together to keep culture and creativity at the heart of Edinburgh’s success and that culture makes a significant contribution to improving Edinburgh’s quality of life, economic vitality and place-making. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Charities) Limited aims to “promote and encourage arts, culture and heritage and/or study of the arts, culture and heritage in Edinburgh”.

The aim of this fund in 2019/20 is to address gaps in support available to the arts across the city and the fund will support artist-led projects in Edinburgh, that propose new ways of working to overcome barriers to accessing cultural activity. This can be achieved in a number of ways, including: participatory activity and workshops; Exhibitions or Performances in new spaces across the city; collaborative projects between artists and communities or any other activity which demonstrably meet the purpose of the scheme.  

The fund for 2019/20 is open from 5 December 2019 with a closing date of Friday 10 January 2020 with an overall fund available of £97,208.

Events Strategy Fund - Edinburgh sustains a core programme hosting world class sporting and cultural events delivering the maximum possible benefit for residents and visitors while enhancing the city’s and Scotland’s international profile. The annual allocation of this resource across sporting and other events is aligned to the Strategy.

Strategic Events Programme planning is delivered in partnership with key agencies including Event Scotland, Creative Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and Edinburgh Tourism Action Group (ETAG), sportscotland, VisitScotland.  Funding is allocated and agreed at Council Committee level in line with the City’s Event Strategy, which reflects the National Events Strategy.  

Festivals and Events Fund 2018/19 - This one-off grant programme was aligned with the Council’s Events strategy and was in response to the need for the continued development and delivery of mid-scale events in the city.  Six established city festivals and events were identified and agreed by the Culture and Communities Committee on 11 October 2018 and each received a grant of £10,000 to further develop and realise their programme ambitions. 

This fund was allocated for 2018/19 to Edinburgh’s Diwali, Edinburgh Riding of the Marches, Edinburgh’s Chinese New Year, Edinburgh Pipe Band Championship, Hidden Door Festival and Previously, Scotland’s History Festival.  This fund is now closed.

Community Grants Fund - The Community Grants Fund (CGF) is a small grants scheme provided by the Council. Small grants of up to £5,000 can be awarded to constituted groups for local community activity. Grants can be applied for throughout the year.

Non-Council Funding Sources

Creative Scotland - Creative Scotland offers a number of investment opportunities for both visual arts and crafts including support for projects, residencies, capital projects, organisational developments and research and development.  For further information on applying for investment contact: Creative Scotland Helpdesk - Tel: 0845 603 6000 - email:

European Cultural Foundation – Funding to support outstanding artistic projects which show vision in illuminating the issues of diversity in Europe. Artistic uniqueness and European relevance of projects are vital.  Cultural organisations and individual artists can apply.  For further information:  email:

Dewar Arts Awards - The Dewar Arts Awards were set up in 2002 as a memorial to Scotland's first First Minister, Donald Dewar.  Their aim is to give exceptionally talented young people of insufficient means some assistance in fulfilling their potential in any branch of the arts.  Any person under the age of 30 who is living and working or studying in Scotland, demonstrate outstanding talent in any artform and if their financial circumstances make it difficult to progress fully in their chosen field.  For further information contact: email:

Inches Carr Trust - Small grants are made to support exhibitions, events and for conservation and repairs in the fields of late 19th century and early 20th century British art, and particularly in relation to the Arts and Crafts Movement.  For further information contact: Inches Carr Trust, 2 Blacket Place, Edinburgh EH9 1RL - Tel No: 0131 667 2906

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust - Travelling Fellowships – The Trust will directly support UK citizens/employees who want to travel overseas to gain knowledge, experience and best practice to benefit others in their UK professions and communities, and society as a whole. Applications for the next round of Churchill Fellowships will open on 16 May 2019 and close on 17 September 2019. Successful applicants grants cover return airfare, daily living costs, insurance and travel within the countries being visited, for approximately 6 weeks overseas.  For further information contact: Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, 29 Great Smith Street (South Door), London, SW1P 3BL – Tel No: 020 7799 1660.

The University of Edinburgh - Local Community Grants Scheme - This fund helps the development of projects, community activities and sustainable local action through funding and collaboration. The University supports local people's vision for a better Edinburgh.

The aims of the Edinburgh Local Community Grants scheme are to: 

  • increase engagement between the University and local communities
  • have a positive social impact
  • create learning opportunities (including informal and non-traditional forms of learning).

They welcome applications for projects or activities that will involve and benefit people living and/or working in the Edinburgh City Region. (The Region includes the City of Edinburgh, Fife, West Lothian, Midlothian, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders). Applications are welcome from not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises.

Visual Arts Funding

The Hope Scott Trust - The Hope Scott Trust was set up by the late Mrs Hope Scott to help promote Music and the Visual Arts in Scotland. Preference will be given to applicants who are Scottish by birth, or live permanently in Scotland.  The Trust allocates a proportion of its resources to help musicians, artists, sculptors etc., with grants for commissions and musical events, and on the art side, to help with exhibitions, travel etc.  In some cases grants are given for further tuition and costs of travel in the UK and in other countries. However, grants are not given to cover ordinary educational/course fees, except in exceptional cases but this is very seldom.  For further information contact:  Amanda Farquhar-Scott, Grants Applications Administrator – email: 

The Royal Scottish Academy - The Royal Scottish Academy offers a number of scholarships and awards including:

RSA Residencies for Scotland - The RSA Residencies for Scotland is an artist-led scheme which provides valuable research and residency opportunities for artists. It forges important networks with centres of artistic excellence across Scotland, ranging from traditional residency venues to specialised production facilities.  Open to visual artists at all stages of their careers, the emphasis is on enabling a period of research, development and production, as well as on the acquisition and exchange of new skills and experiences. Artists can apply for funds of up to £5000 and are responsible for managing their own residency, in discussion with the partner venue. 

RSA David Michie Travel Award - The RSA David Michie Travel Award (£2,500) provides a travel and research opportunity for graduating and postgraduate drawing and painting students. The award is funded by the Michie Family and administered by the Royal Scottish Academy and consists of:

  • Monetary award to fund a period of travel for the research and development for a new body of work
  • Selected works exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition in 2019
  • Donation of work into the prestigious RSA Permanent Collections.

RSA Morton Award for Lens Based Work - The RSA Morton Award (£5,000) is for artists working in a lens-based media in Scotland. The award is funded by The Morton Charitable Trust and administered by the Royal Scottish Academy and consists of:

  • Monetary award to research, develop and produce a new body of work in a lens-based medium
  • Exhibition of completed work at the RSA Annual Exhibition in 2019
  • Acquisition of work into the prestigious RSA Permanent Collections.

RSA William Littlejohn Award for Excellence and Innovation in Water-Based Media - The RSA William Littlejohn Award for Excellence and Innovation in Water-based Media (£2,000) is funded by The William Littlejohn Bequest and administered by the Royal Scottish Academy and consists of: 

  • Monetary award to research, develop and produce a new body of work in a water-based medium
  • Exhibition of completed work at the RSA Annual Exhibition in 2019
  • Acquisition of work into the prestigious RSA Permanent Collections.

RSA Barns-Graham Travel Award - The RSA Barns-Graham Travel Award (£2,000) provides a travel and research opportunity for graduating and postgraduate students. The award is funded by the Barns-Graham Charitable Trust and administered by the Royal Scottish Academy and consists of:

  • Funding for a period of research and development for a new body of work
  • Exhibition of completed work at the RSA Annual Exhibition in 2020
  • Acquisition of work into the prestigious RSA Permanent Collections.

RSA John Kinross Scholarships to Florence - The RSA John Kinross Scholarships (£2,500) are for final year and postgraduate artists and architects to spend a period of 6 to 12 weeks in Florence to research and develop their practice.  Florence has been an inspiration to generations of artists and architects and this opportunity allows successful applicants to experience its magnificent history, study its art and architecture, learn the language and create a visual record of their experience.  Ten artists will receive an initial payment of £2,300 for travel, accommodation and subsistence, with the remaining £200 awarded on the satisfactory completion of the scholarship. Artists are required to use this autonomy to their best advantage

RSA Benevolent Awards - Miss M O Taylor Trust Fund/Alexander Nasmyth Fund - The RSA Miss M O Taylor Trust Fund and Alexander Nasmyth Fund are benevolent funds that were bequeathed to the RSA.  Awards are made from these funds to support artists who are currently experiencing adverse financial difficulties.  For example, an artist who is unable to practice their work due to caring for a sick or elderly relative, or due to personal incapacity through illness.  Applications to the fund are dealt with in the strictest confidence and are reviewed by an RSA Committee once a year when awards are made to those eligible.  To be eligible for an award from these funds, you must be an artist who has had some previous measure of success, for example, have had your work shown in exhibitions and/or have sold your work.  You must also be currently living in Scotland.

For further information on all opportunities contact:  The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL - Tel: 0131 225 6671 or email:  RSA Artist Opportunities

Jerwood - The Jerwood Charitable Foundation is a UK registered charity dedicated to imaginative and responsible revenue funding of the arts, supporting artists to develop and grow at important stages in their careers.  It works with artists across art forms, from dance and theatre to literature, music and the visual arts.  The Foundation seeks and proactively initiates imaginative projects with a broad range of exceptional organisations and individuals in the UK.  It also develops and manages Jerwood Visual Arts, a year round contemporary gallery programme of exhibitions, awards and events hosted at Jerwood Space and on tour nationally.  For further information contact: Email:  Tel No: +44 (0)20 7261 0279 

The Elephant Trust - The Elephant Trust was created in 1975 by Roland Penrose and Lee Miller to develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts in the UK. The Trust was set up to help artists present their work and undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds. It is committed to helping artists and institutions that depart from the routine and signal new, distinct and imaginative sets of possibilities.  Grants have usually been limited to £2,000 but larger grants may be considered.  For further information: Email:  Tel No: 020 7922 1160 

The Cross Trust - The Trust was established by Sir Alexander Cross to carry out his wish to provide opportunities for young men and women of SCOTTISH BIRTH OR PARENTAGE (if you were not born in Scotland and also neither of your parents then your application will not be considered) to extend the boundaries of their knowledge of human life.  The Cross Trust is a charitable body which gives grants to young Scots who are of merit and in financial need.  The Cross Trust supports a system of awards to promote the interest of the most distinguished undergraduates in the general field of the Arts.  The Trustees adopt a broad interpretation as to what is understood by the Arts.  The field is not to be restricted only to the subjects covered by the traditional "Faculty of Arts".  These vacation study awards are to enable students of the highest academic merit and limited financial circumstances to attend conferences, symposia, workshops or master classes or to visit libraries, museums, galleries, concerts or centres of excellence in direct and demonstrable connection with their studies.

Crafts Funding 

Inches Carr Trust - The purpose of the craft bursaries is to help established makers to push the boundaries of their practice and to make innovative new developments in their work. Part of an award could enable a successful applicant to learn a new skill, or significantly improve their existing skills, to achieve these objectives.  For further information contact: Inches Carr Trust, 2 Blacket Place, Edinburgh EH9 1RL – email: 

Craft Pottery Charitable Trust Annual Awards - The Craft Pottery Charitable Trust (CPCT) was set up in 1991 under Emmanuel Cooper’s Chairmanship of the CPA to support educational activities associated with ceramic activity, in all its variety, across the UK.  For over two decades potters and ceramicists ranging from recent graduates beginning their careers to Fellows of the CPA with many years’ experience, have benefited from the Annual Ceramics Grant scheme initiated and administrated by the CPCT.  Applications for the annual grant scheme must be submitted by 15 December each year and decisions are announced early the following year.  The maximum grant amount that you can receive from this program is £1,000.  For further information contact: 

Support Resources

Edinburgh 4 Community Funding - Edinburgh City Libraries “Edinburgh 4 Community” funding update service allows you to search /filter and be notified weekly of new International, European and domestic funding opportunities available to your sector.

Cultural Enterprise Office - The Cultural Enterprise Office offers a free business information, advice, development and support service for individuals and micro businesses operating in Scotland’s creative and cultural industries. They can offer help to those starting out as well as experienced practitioners needing specialist advice.  For further information contact: Tel No: 0333 999 7989.

Voluntary Arts Network / Voluntary Arts Scotland - The Voluntary Arts Network aims to promote participation in the arts and crafts across the UK and Republic of Ireland and maintains an extensive list of trusts, foundations and public funders for the voluntary sector.  For further information: Mansfield Traquair, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB – Tel No: 0131 474 6172 - email:

Residency Unlimited (RU) - Residency Unlimited (RU) is moving to a new platform called Rivet.  It supports the creation, presentation and dissemination of contemporary art through its unique residency program and year-round public programs.  They offer a free listing service delivering up-to-date information about artist residencies worldwide.  Artists can search residency program opportunities, or subscribe to a weekly email digest.  

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations - The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is the membership organisation for Scotland’s charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.  SCVO works in partnership with the voluntary sector to advance their shared values and interests. They have over 1500 members who range from individuals and grassroots groups, to Scotland-wide organisations and intermediary bodies. Through lobbying and campaigning SCVO works to advance the interests of their members and the people and communities that they support.  Their services help charities and third sector organisations across Scotland focus on what they do best, whether that’s supporting the most vulnerable people in our communities or conducting cutting edge research. From providing a payroll service to third sector organisations to creating thousands of jobs for young people in charities across Scotland, SCVO’s services make a real difference.  For further information contact: Edinburgh Office, The Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB - Tel: 0131 474 8000 - Freephone information line: 0800 169 0022 – email: 

Rehearsal Space is a new directory of rehearsal spaces in Edinburgh, Scotland, curated by Edinburgh Performing Arts Development, a small independent project which provides support and facilitates opportunities for Edinburgh's performing arts sector.  

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