Developing the arts in Edinburgh

Funding opportunities

Arts Development work with the city's cultural sector to ensure that the arts play a vital and lasting role in Edinburgh.

We develop strategic policy, award cultural grants as well as offer advice on cultural projects. In partnership with Creative Scotland, we are pleased to announce the next round of the schemes follow. These schemes have been established to address current gaps in resources available to individual artists and makers.


The schemes are open to craft makers and visual artists of all ages and at any stage of their career, but must be outwith full time education.  

You should be able to demonstrate a level of commitment to your practice and have achieved a body of work outwith formal education. Applicants must be Edinburgh based.

The Edinburgh Visual Artists and Craft Makers Awards Scheme

It aims to support Edinburgh-based visual arts and craft practitioners through grants towards the development of their practice through new work and research.

Awards of between £500 and £1500 are available. 

Application deadline Wednesday 7 February 2018 at 5pm

Emerging Artists Bursary Scheme

The bursary programme will support up to two successful applicants to develop and progress their creative practice over 12 months.

The programme will be tailored to the individual artist or craft maker and will include mentoring which may lead to the development of skills or training, creation of new work, presenting and marketing work.

The successful applicant will be awarded £1,500 as a bursary.

Application deadline Wednesday 7 February 2018 at 5pm

Culture Project Fund: New Work (Performing Arts) in partnership with the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The second round of the Culture Project Fund in 2017/18 is a pilot partnership between the City of Edinburgh Council and Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. It will allow grants of approximately £5,000 to be awarded to organisations creating new work in Edinburgh, thanks to a generous £50,000 charitable donation towards the Council's Culture Fund Project from the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

The partnership extends the support available to artists in the city for locally produced performing arts projects, by helping to cover some of the costs artists face when developing new performing arts work.

The fund is open to any constituted organisation and applicants are encouraged to seek partnership support and apply for the exact funds needed. It is also open to organisations already in receipt of Council support. Applications close on Wednesday 8th November 2017 at 12 Noon and will be judged by a panel of industry specialists.

Application deadline Wednesday 8 November 2017 at 12pm

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