Year of Young People creative funding 2018

2018 will be the Year of Young People (YoYP), a year aimed to inspire Scotland through our young people, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contributions to communities and creating new opportunities for young people to shine locally, nationally and on the international stage!

In recognition of Aberdeen City Council’s commitment to providing positive opportunities and pathways for young people and in celebration of the YoYP, we are establishing a new funding programme to support the delivery of youth-led creative activity in the city.

The £100,000 Year of Young People creative funding will build upon the city’s rich history and heritage of youth participation activity by empowering young people through creative pathway opportunities as well as having a voice in the decision making process.

Who can apply

We will consider applications from:

  • Young people aged 16 to 25 who are residents of Aberdeen City. 
  • Not for profit organisations or community groups working with young people aged 8 to 25.

Individuals can apply for awards of up to £2,000 and organisations can apply for awards of up to £10,000. 

Project must be youth-led and applications should be written by young people themselves unless there is a specific reason this is not possible.

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.

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

The deadline for all applications is 5pm on Sunday 22 April 2018. We will not be able to accept any applications received after the deadline.

Further support

We are hosting a Creative Funding Information Session at Seventeen on Belmont Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1LB on Wednesday 14 March from 5.30pm - 7pm. This session will cover applications for both the Year of Young People funding and the Creative Funding Awards. It is intended to demystify the process for first time applicants and is open to individuals and well as group representatives. See our Eventbrite page for more information and to book your place. 

If you have any further queries about creative funding please email us on

Advice sessions

  • Wednesday 21 March 2-5pm, Seventeen, 17 Belmont Street, AB10 1JR.
  • Wednesday 28 March 2-5pm, Marischal College, Broad Street: meet at Reception area.
  • Wednesday 11 April 3:30-7:30pm, Central Library, Rosemount Viaduct: meet at Adult Lending Library Reception.

To book an advice session please contact Elspeth Winram at or phone 07795 224175.

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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