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Youth Arts Access Fund - Deadline For Applications 12 November

7th November 2020

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The Youth Arts Access fund is one strand of the Youth Arts Fund.

The Purpose of the fund

The overall £3m Youth Arts Fund has largely been provided to enhance the existing Youth Music Initiative programme (YMI) managed by Creative Scotland. The YMI Access to Music Making fund is an established strand of the annual YMI programme creating access to high-quality music-making for children and young people aged 0-25 years. This Access Fund builds on Access to Music Making to use the new Youth Arts Fund to support an increased range of music-making projects, as well as introducing projects which deliver across wider art form areas.

What youth arts activities can be supported by the fund?

We welcome applications proposing any activity that will achieve the outcomes on Page 5 of the guidance document. Examples of activities that we might support include (but are not limited to) the following:

Group based activity that covers any aspect of youth arts/music making

Youth led projects where young people design and lead activity

Projects that promote partnership working

Delivery of project activity working across early learning, schools, and other family support and community settings, focused on tackling inequality through targeting priority groups of children and young people

These funds will support artist led activity based in and outwith school hours that aligns with the fund's priorities.

What are the Priorities for the Fund?

We will prioritise applications that propose specific actions and partnerships to tackling inequality by engaging at least one of the following groups of children and young people who:

Are living in poverty or residing in areas of social and economic deprivation. For more information on the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) please visit the Scottish Government website.

Are experiencing or at risk of experiencing harm and neglect.

Are looked after (as defined by the Children (Scotland) Act 1995) and care leavers (as defined by the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014). For more information please visit the Scottish Government website.

Are in the early years (0-5) of their life.

Are from Black and/or Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

Have a disability and/or additional support needs.

Are at risk of offending or have previously offended.

Are young carers (as defined by the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016) and/or young parents

Are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, or who have been homeless

Are experiencing mental ill health.

We endeavour to support a range of projects across the whole of Scotland.

Who can apply?

Applications can come from organisations and individuals based in Scotland or who are delivering programmes within Scotland for the benefit of the people of Scotland.

Organisations already in receipt of Regular Funding from Creative Scotland can apply but should discuss their intention to apply with their lead officer in the first instance.

Who cannot apply?

Applications will not be accepted from:

Schools and/or their associated organisations, such as Parent Teacher Associations

Instrumental Music Services and existing music programmes and services based in local authorities

In addition, this fund will not support applications which propose to create permanent full-time or part-time posts.

What is the overall budget for this fund and how much can we apply for?

The overall budget for this fund will be at least £1.2m with at least £800k for youth music and £400k for wider youth arts.

Applicants can apply for between £5k to £30k, to deliver projects for up to 1 year.

All applicants can apply for 100% of their proposed programme but the addition of partnership funding and in kind contributions are welcomed.

How to apply

You can download the application form for this fund below.

Alongside your application you are also required to submit a budget and the risk assessment (templates for both provided below).


The planned timetable for the fund is as follows:

Publication of fund guidance, and application form: Thursday 17 September 2020

Deadline for Applications: Thursday 12 November 2020

Notify all applicants of decisions: Tuesday 9 February 2021

Funded activity to begin: From March 2021

For more information and to apply go HERE

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