Financial assistance available for projects which will both support the strategic development of Scotland's museums and contribute to the delivery of the aims of the National Strategy
The Museums Galleries Scotland Museum Development Fund is designed to support museums to make strategic steps towards becoming more resilient organisations, in line with the aims of the funder's National Strategy.

Projects must demonstrate one of the following:
• An enterprising approach – either with an innovative way of solving a problem or involving income generation
• Skills development (for staff and or volunteers)
• Advocacy – helping to raise the museum’s profile

Museums can apply for between £5,000 and £40,000 and up to 75% of the total project costs. Those that care for Recognised Collections can apply for up to £60,000 for projects relating to those collections, and for up to 100% of the total project costs.
Any organisation that runs an Accredited Museum in Scotland can apply.
The first 2018-19 round deadline for applications is 27 April 2018.

For further inforamtion follow:


The Future Routes Fund offers funding of between £500 and £5,000 to groups of young people and individuals aged 11 to 26 to run events and projects during the Year of Young People 2018 People 2018 that promote young people’s interest in Scotland’s nature, wildlife and biodiversity.

The deadline for applications is 15 February 2018.
Contact Future Routes Fund, Young Scot
Tel 0808 810 0338



The 2018 Round of the Museum of the Year Prize, which aims to identify the finest museums and galleries in the UK, is now open to entries.

The purpose of The Art Fund Prize for museums and galleries is to recognise and stimulate originality and excellence in museums and galleries in the UK, and increase public appreciation and enjoyment of all they have to offer.

A single award of £100,000 is presented to a museum or gallery whose entry, in the opinion of the judges, best meets the Prize criteria through a project completed or mainly undertaken in the previous calendar year.

£10,000 will be awarded to each of the other finalists.

The Prize is open to all museums and galleries in the United Kingdom.  The Trustees normally expect applicants to be participants in the accreditation scheme operated by Arts Council England.

Entrants are not required to explain how they plan to use the prize money – the investment is made on the understanding that the funds will be spent to the benefit of the winners’ audiences.

The deadline for applications under the 2018 round is noon on 6 February 2018.

For further information please follow the link below:!S34350?bcr=MTIzNQ

Local community groups with exciting ideas for projects that bring people together through activities that connect their community and celebrate UK native wildflowers and plants have until mid January to apply for funding for projects starting in March.

Supported by funding from the Big Lottery Fund and led by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Grow Wild is looking to fund 50 groups in 2018 across the UK.Grants of £2,000 or £4,000 are available for projects that plant and sow native wild flowers, plants and/or trees that are native to the UK (not introduced from somewhere else).Projects must engage one or more of these groups:Young people aged 12-18 years.

 Students and young people aged 18-25 years.
 People living in urban areas.
 People experiencing hardship and reduced access to services.
 Adults that are less engaged with their community and environmental activities.

Projects should:
 Stand out from the crowd - think something creative, or even better something that has not been done before.
 Focus on UK native wildflowers, plants and/or fungi, highlighting the importance of these species for the environment, and for quality of life.
 Will encourage large scale community involvement, ideally in the hundreds.
 Will deliver the project in a space or location that is accessible to the general public.
 Begin delivery in March 2018 and be finished by October 2018.

The funding can be used to cover costs specifically related to the Grow Wild project and can be used for materials, plants and seeds, and any volunteer costs. The Grow Wild Team likes to develop a close relationship with groups that receive funding. In addition to the funding, the team offers training and support in promoting the funded projects.

Applications will be accepted from voluntary, community and youth groups, charities, constituted not-for-profit groups, parish, town and community councils, secondary schools, health authorities, health boards and prisons.

The deadline for applications is 15 January 2018 (midday), and successful groups will be notified by 27 February 2018.

Full details can be found on the Grow Wild website

YouthLink Scotland is delighted to announce the launch of the CashBack for Creativity: Open Arts Fund for 2018/19. The Open Arts Fund is a strand of Creative Scotland’s CashBack for Creativity programme which is being delivered in partnership with YouthLink Scotland. It is a part of the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme which reinvests the proceeds of crime back into communities to benefit Scotland’s young people.
Proposals are invited from projects which provide high quality arts, screen or creative industries activities for young people ages 10-24 years old who face one or more forms of disadvantage as listed below.
•Living in areas of deprivation (priority will be given to projects working in communities within the top 20% SIMD); and/or
•Being unemployed, not in education or training; and/or
•Being excluded, or at risk of exclusion from school; and/or
•Being at risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending/re-offending
Applicants can apply for funding of up to £10k to deliver these creative learning activities. There is a total of £250k available in in 2018/19.

 Further details and access to the online application form

The closing date for all submissions is 1pm on Monday 22 January 2018.


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