We are 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.
Creative funding awards 2019-20
To support these ambitions, 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.
Organisations with not for profit status can apply for awards of up to £15,000.
Individuals who are Aberdeen City residents can apply for awards of up to £2,000.
700th Anniversary of the Stocket Charter
For the second round of funding we are encouraging individuals and organisations to consider proposing projects which align and celebrate the 700th Anniversary of the Stocket Charter. December 2019 marks the 700th anniversary of the signing of the Stocket Charter by Robert the Bruce.
The charter granted Aberdeen custodianship of the Forrest of Stocket and three other areas, all now known as the Freedom Lands. As a result of the finances generated from these areas the Common Good Fund was created to benefit the people of the city.
The Common Good Fund helped create and benefit many important institutions including the Aberdeen Art Gallery and the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. It benefits and supports many charities and communities within the city.
Please see the Freedom Lands and Marches page for more information.
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
You can email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to us at the address below.
The Creative Funding programme is now closed to applications for 2019/20.
All applications for the 2nd Round are reviewed by an independent panel. You will be notified of the outcome of your application by 5pm on Friday 30 August 2019.
Creative funding advice sessions
We offer 35-minute advice sessions to give applicants an opportunity to discuss their individual application with a member of the team. These are not group sessions.
The Creative Funding programme is closed to applications, if you would like general information about the programme please contact email@example.com
A condition of award is the proper accreditation of support in all marketing and communications as appropriate. To request a copy of our brand guidelines and logo please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cultural Policy and Partnerships Team
Business Hub 8, 1st Floor North