2019 Roundup: Grants and Opportunities for Scottish Artists and Creators

Updated: May 3, 2019

Sick of finding the perfect bursary or residency, only to find that it’s only open to applicants from the U.S.? We’re working to compile a list of all the best grants, calls-for-submissions and other opportunities that Scottish artists can apply for this year. This list will be updated as more opportunities emerge, so don’t hesitate to let us know if we’ve missed something out!


International Grants

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

The aim of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant is to allow an artist to afford any necessary materials and spaces, create new work and manage their medical and personal expensive. Many previous recipients have found that the grant allowed them to dedicate more time to their creative practices, applications and exhibitions.

This grant is aimed at mid-career professional artists with specific financial needs (who can demonstrate these needs on paper). It’s open to sculptors, painters, printmakers and other artists who work on paper. Students are not eligible, and neither are video artists, filmmakers, computer artists, crafts-makers, performance artists or commercial artists.

Successful applicants can expect to receive between $5,000 and $30,000.

Deadline: Ongoing.

The Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant

Best known for his involvement in the initiation of the Abstract Expressionism movement, Adolph Gottlieb was able to far surpass his early expectations in term of artistic and financial success. However, many of his colleagues found they were unable to support themselves financially regardless of their artistic achievements. It is the aim of the Gottlieb Foundation to support and encourage artists who have dedicated their lives to perfecting their craft, regardless of their financial successes.

This grant is aimed at artists who can demonstrate a need for financial assistance and who have been working in a mature phase of their work for at least 20 years. Printmakers, sculptors and painters are all eligible to apply.

Successful applicants can expect to receive $25,000.

Deadline: 15th December 2019.

Awesome Foundation Grant

The international micro-granting organisation, The Awesome Foundation, has a chapter based in Glasgow which provides grants of £500 to fund “awesome projects”. These projects need to be based in Glasgow and to be beneficial to the local community.

This grant is aimed at anyone – individuals, groups or organisations – running “Awesome projects” in the Glasgow area (“G” postcode).

Successful applicants can expect to receive £500.

Deadline: Rolling – grants offered every 2 months.

Artist Grant

With a goal of supporting and funding artists, Artist Grant is a new venture founded in 2017. They provide a modest, competitive grant of $500 to one artist every quarter to fund the efforts of that artist to continue their work and contribute further to society.

This grant is aimed at visual artists aged 18+.

Successful applicants can expect to receive $500.

Deadline: Four per year: 15th July and 15th October. (January & April deadlines passed)

Scottish Grants

Open Project Fund

Run by Creative Scotland, this fund is aimed at groups, creative organisations and individuals living in Scotland who seek financial support for their creative and artistic projects.

This grant is aimed at individuals and organisations based in Scotland.

Successful applicants can expect to receive between £1000 and £150,000.

Deadline: Ongoing.

Bags of Help Centenary Grants

Tesco have recently launched the Bags of Help Centenary Grants in celebration of their 100th anniversary. These grants will be awarded to non-profit organisations including community interest companies, local authorities, social housing providers, health bodies and registered charities, so consider letting your local community arts project know about this one! Scotland has been divided into five voting regions – Highland and Islands (North East Scotland), Mid Scotland, West Scotland, Central Scotland and South Scotland – with grants being given to three projects in each region. This grant is aimed at not for profit organisations.

Successful applicants can expect to receive up to £25,000.

Deadline: 30th June 2019.

Local Film Festival Challenge Fund

Anyone interested in establishing a Film Festival in their local community is invited to apply for Regional Screen Scotland's Local Film Festival Challenge Fund.

This grant is aimed at Scottish event organisers.

Successful applicants can expect to receive up to £5,000.

Deadline: 1st July 2019.

Artist Residencies

International Artist Residencies

National Parks Arts Foundation Residencies

This Artist-in-Residence program was started by the National Park Arts Foundation in 2006 to give artists opportunities to create bodies of work while living and working in National parks. Each program is carefully tailored to the park selected and the artist’s project. Artists from multiple disciplines including ceramics, theatre, writers, printmaking, film, new media, textiles, dance and sculpture are all invited to apply for residencies lasting one month.

This residency is aimed at primarily visual artists. International applications (e.g. from Scottish artists) are welcome.