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Diversity & Inclusion Fund 2021/22 - Important Update to Guidelines & Closing Date

16 Dec 2021

***Please note that the lead applicant's eligibility criteria have been updated, inviting non-registered but constituted organisations, in addition to charities and not-for-profit companies, to apply for funding in partnership with ethnically diverse artists.***

The Diversity and Inclusion Fund seeks to support the work and narratives of ethnically diverse artists and creatives which have been developed and delivered through multi-art form collaborations and partnerships.

It reflects feedback from applicants, fund recipients and network members following the 2020 Diversity and Inclusion programme, as well as Collaboration, Research and Development Funding programmes offered to Edinburgh-based practitioners and organisations. With the mainstreaming of ethnically diverse work in mind, this fund supports greater visibility and recognition of work designed and managed by ethnically diverse artists and creatives for the benefit of participants, audiences and the arts and sector industry at large. It seeks to invest in Edinburgh-based talent and promote the diversity of thought, ideas and expression. It also encourages innovation and experimentation when devising new creative interventions and testing collaborative working models.

In line with the findings and recommendations of the City of Edinburgh Council Equality, Diversity and Rights Framework 2017-21: Interim Progress Report, 2017- 2019’, the Diversity & Inclusion Fund has been developed to ‘advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic,’ (in that context ethnicity other than Scottish/British White). 


Grants will be awarded to projects that promote greater partnership  collaboration between minority ethnic artists/practitioners, independent creatives and/or Edinburgh-based cultural organisations. Projects should reach, involve, benefit and engage ethnically diverse artists/creative practitioners and cultural organisations based in Edinburgh.  

The fund is intended to support projects and activities, including professional development, production development, development of work and cultural events, that utilise multiple art forms, such as visual and performing arts (music, dance, spoken word and theatre), film, digital arts, literature and poetry, to promote greater collaboration and partnerships between ethnically diverse artists and creatives and cultural organisations in Edinburgh.  Priority will be given to quality multi art form projects. 


A total budget of £100,000 is available offering grant awards of up to £10,000 for projects developed in financial year 2021/22 and completed by the end of December 2022.


Friday 14 January 2022 (23:59 GMT). 


Application and further guidance is available on The City of Edinburgh Council’s website via its Consultation Hub. Please contact Beata Skobodzinska 0131 529 4577 or Sandra Elgin 0131 529 6720 if you require advice on your application.


  • Projects must have an ethnically diverse lead artist / creative and take place within the City of Edinburgh boundary with Edinburgh-based partners.                                                                    
  • A constituted organisation must be the lead project partner for the release of any grant award. The organisation will be asked to provide a copy of their constitution to the Council and where appropriate the organisation’s Memorandums & Articles. Your financial accounting practices will need to meet as a minimum the essential elements and requirements of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).