Creative funding awards 2019-20

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, 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.

The application form is an interactive form and you should open in Adobe Acrobat Reader, then save it to your computer. Check that your application has saved all your information by saving your contact details, then closing and re-opening the form. If you have any problems please contact

Please read the guidelines and general advice before completing your application form. If you need the application form in Word format, please email

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 26 April 2019. We will not be able to accept any applications we receive after the deadline.

Creative funding advice sessions

We are offering 35-minute sessions to give you an opportunity to discuss your individual application with a member of the team. These are not group sessions.

Please email to arrange an individual advice session in one of the timeslots below. The sessions will take place at Marischal College, Broad Street, Aberdeen.

  • Tuesday 19 March 2019, 1pm - 5pm
  • Wednesday 27 March 2019, 1pm - 5pm
  • Wednesday 3 April 2019, 1pm - 5pm
  • Wednesday 10 April, 1pm - 5pm

If none of these slots are suitable, please email or call 01224 522341 to arrange to speak to a member of the team.


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 Partnerships Team
Business Hub 8, 1st Floor North
Marischal College
Broad Street
AB10 1AB

01224 522341

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