Creative funding

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 5 key aspirations for the development of culture and creativity in the city.

Ambition 1: making all the city a stage

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 2: becoming Scotland's creative lab

Aberdeen is a city to experiment in, a nurturing home, destination and testing ground for artists, businesses and ideas; it is Scotland's creative lab.

Ambition 3: unlocking our creativity

Aberdeen is a city opening doors, where anyone, regardless of circumstances can be transformed through engagement in arts and culture, a place unlocking our creativity.

Ambition 4: sharing our culture with the world

Aberdeen is a city like no other, where the arts are central to celebrating and promoting our unique culture, history and heritage; a place which is telling its story to the world.

Ambition 5: growing ambitions and sustaining success

Aberdeen has a strong collective of cultural leaders collaborating to realise the city's potential and develop the national reputation of our institutions.

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. For 2017 we are also encouraging proposals that align with the national year of 'History, Heritage and Archaeology'.

Application Deadlines for 2017

Applications have now closed, you will be notified of the outcome on Friday 8th September.


A condition of award is the proper accreditation of support in all marketing and communications as appropriate. Click on the link below for branding guidelines.

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

Contact details

Creative Funding
Education and Children's Services
Business Hub 8, 1st Floor North
Marischal College
AB10 1AB

01224 522 341

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