Creative funding awards 2018-19

Aberdeen City Council is committed to supporting the development of arts, culture and creativity in the city. Whether it's the intrinsic value of being creative or the social, educational and economic benefits of cultural activity and events, its important role in our everyday lives is clear and recognised.

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.

To support these ambitions, the Creative Funding Programme offers cultural organisations, community groups, charities and individual artists or creatives the opportunity to apply for support to develop and/or deliver creative activity. 

Not for profit organisations can apply for awards of up to £15,000.

Individuals who are Aberdeen City residents can apply for awards of up to £2,000.

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.

Applying as an individual

Applying as an organisation

General information

You can email your application to or post it to us at the address below. 

The deadline for all applications is 5pm on Friday 20 July 2018. We will not be able to accept any applications we receive after the deadline.

If you have applied for funding of £10,000 or below, we will let you know the funding decision by 1 September 2018. If you have applied for more than £10,000 and have been recommended for support, the relevant Council Committee will need to make this decision. In these cases, we will let you know the decision on or after 19 September 2018. 

Creative Funding Advice Sessions

If you would like to find out more about the Aberdeen City Council Creative Funding opportunity there is opportunity to find out more at the sessions advertised below.

  • Wednesday 13 June 2018, 2 – 4pm, Marischal College (meet at reception).
  • Thursday 14 June 2018, 12:30 – 1:30pm, Suttie Centre room number 125. GHAT, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Foresterhill Road AB25 2ZD
  •  Monday 18 June 2018, 2 – 4pm, Marischal College (meet at reception).
  • Tuesday 26 June 2018, 2 – 4pm, Marischal College (meet at reception).

To book a 30 minute advice session or for further information please contact


A condition of award is the proper accreditation of support in all marketing and communications as appropriate. You can download our branding guidelines below.

See the branding gallery for the Aberdeen City Council crest in various formats suitable for print and online purposes.

Contact details

Creative Funding
Cultural Policy and Partnership Team
Education and Children's Services
Business Hub 8, 1st Floor North
Marischal College
Broad Street
AB10 1AB

01224 522341

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