Anyone can benefit from our funding and we assess each application on its individual merits, however due to the high volume of applications we receive, we prioritise certain areas of work.
In the last year we received over 250 applications for Level 1 awards and with limited funds, only a third of those became successful. The vast majority of applications we receive clearly respond to or address a social issue; so to help us decide which applications to fund, we use the following priorities:
- Geographical- Ideas and individuals from geographical areas that are under-represented (Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Falkirk, Angus, Inverclyde and West Dunbartonshire)
- Enterprising- Ideas with a clear entrepreneurial approach, those that demonstrate strong potential to generate income and become sustainable, in addition to delivering high social benefits.
- Innovative- Ideas which respond to social issues in new or better ways, challenging conventions and taking risks
- New applicants- If you have received funding from us in the past, you are able to apply again for a new idea, however, we prioritise individuals who have never had an award before.
You do not have to meet all of our priorities but the more you do, the stronger your application will be and therefore the higher the chances of it becoming successful.
We receive lots of applications from arts projects and have funded a wide range of ideas using art. If your idea involves using art, you must clearly demonstrate it is in response to an identified social, environmental and/or community need, it is a new idea and there are direct benefits to the wider community (not just artists).
To read the full eligibility and criteria we use to assess or Level 1 awards, please visit our funding website