Aberdeen has a unique culture, where traditions of the north-east flourish alongside contemporary creative activity. Aberdeen City Council recognises the intrinsic value of the arts as well as the benefits a strong cultural sector brings by improving the wellbeing of citizens, attracting tourism, and encouraging new businesses to trade in the city.
As we recover from the Coronavirus pandemic, creativity will continue to be central to our lives – attracting people back to the city, bringing us together with friends and supporting our personal healing from the difficulties of the pandemic. We recognise that continuing to fund cultural projects is hugely important to make this happen.
Creative Funding awards 2021-22
The Creative Funding programme offers cultural organisations with not for profit status, community groups, charities and individual artists or creatives the opportunity to apply for support to develop and/or deliver creative activity.
This funding has previously been awarded to festivals, community groups, brand new arts organisations and has supported projects from emerging individual artists through to established organisations. A range of projects can be considered for funding such as performances, exhibitions, networking events or even something completely new and innovative; there are very few limitations on the type of creative project that can be supported.
Organisations with not for profit status can apply for awards of up to £10,000.
Individuals who are Aberdeen City residents can apply for awards of up to £2,000. There are 10 awards allocated annually.
View our Creative Funding PowerPoint which covers the main aspects of the award.
‘This award will enable young people to be inspired by a range of creative workshops, supported by local artists in the North East’. Aberdeen Foyer Creative Funding recipient.
How to apply
Please download the application guidelines and the relevant application form below.
Please read the guidelines and general advice before completing your application form.
There is also a summary word document of guidelines for individuals and organisations.
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Deadline for completed applications is Friday 18 June 2021 at 5pm Applications will not be received after the time and date.
Award Outcome date
Friday 30 July 2021 at 5pm
Creative Funding advice sessions
We offer advice sessions to give applicants an opportunity to discuss their individual application with a member of the team. Please contact email@example.com.
Aberdeen City Council is a partner in Culture Aberdeen and endorses the Culture Aberdeen 10 year strategy for culture. This strategy was developed by the Culture Aberdeen network, made up of organisations who deliver and facilitate cultural activity in the city and Creative Funding is part of Aberdeen City Council’s commitment to delivering on the aims and ambitions of the strategy.
As the strategy is intended to shape the development of Aberdeen’s cultural offering, it is expected that projects funded through Creative Funding will contribute towards the Ambitions listed in some way. Applicants should consider this when developing their proposals and look at how they are best placed to use their skills, expertise and creativity to deliver these aims for Aberdeen.
Aberdeen has five key aspirations for the development of culture and creativity in the city.
Ambition 1: releasing our creativity
Our vision for Aberdeen is a city opening doors, where everyone can be transformed and inspired through engagement in the arts and culture; a place releasing our creativity.
Ambition 2: becoming Scotland's creative lab
Our vision for Aberdeen is a city to experiment in, a home, a place, a destination and testing ground for artists, creative enterprises and new ideas; a place which has become Scotland's creative lab.
Ambition 3: making all the city a stage
Our vision for Aberdeen is a city which inspires, where exciting cultural experiences are around each and every corner and where there are no creative boundaries; a place where all the city is a stage.
Ambition 4: connecting us to the world
Our vision for Aberdeen is a city like no other, where we celebrate and promote our culture and heritage, the things we make and create, a place where culture connects us to the world.
Ambition 5: shaping our future
Our vision for Aberdeen is a city whose cultural sector is growing in ambition and confidence with a strong collective of cultural leaders collaborating to realise the city’s potential; a place where the arts shape our future.
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