Creative Scotland announces new ‘inclusive’ funding stream

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Creative Scotland has this week launched a new fund to further encourage equality of opportunity and tackle under-representation across Scotland’s cultural sector.

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Paragons 30th birthday celebrations at CCA 2. Photograph: Paragon Ensemble

Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, the £285,000 Create:Inclusion Fund is designed to support diversification of the sector and address historic issues of under-representation. This fund aims to support a broad range of activities that can help applicants develop themselves, their creative and professional practice, their capacity; or to support them to take professional and creative risks.

Iain Munro, Acting CEO, Creative Scotland, said:

“This dedicated fund represents a more proactive approach to ensuring different voices are better reflected across the cultural life of Scotland. When the arts and creative practice are reflective of, and made by, a diverse range of people and communities they will be more relevant to more people across Scotland. There is still much to do, but collectively with the culture sector, we can address the lack of diversity, challenge poor practices, and positively support career progression.”

The launch of the fund represents one of a series of measures being introduced to following recommendations made within Creative Scotland reports – ‘Understanding Diversity in the Arts’ and ‘Equality Matters’ – evidencing numerous and complex barriers to access, progression and representation in the arts, screen and creative industries.

Create:Inclusion will prioritise the professional and creative development of applicants who self–identify as sharing one or more protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010 and projects from groups or organisations which are either minority-led or which focus on working with and for those who share one or more protected characteristics. The Equality Act 2010 covers nine protected characteristics: age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership (with regard to eliminating unlawful discrimination in employment).

The announcement is accompanied by an open call for external assessment panel members to work alongside Creative Scotland’s specialist staff in order to provide a broad range of perspectives to inform funding decisions.

Create:Inclusion fund closes for applications on Thursday 4 April 2019, the guidelines and application form are available here.