Creative Communities, which launched in 2020,Â is a programme that aims to support and empower communities to develop cultural activities.
The programme distributes funds to support communities to develop new initiatives involving culture and creative arts.
In addition to investing in community-led arts projects, the Creative Communities Programme is providing a number of organisations with development support and/or funding to progress early-stage ideas.
Creative Communities is funded jointly by the Scottish Governmentâ€™s Culture and Justice directorates and aims to extend opportunities for people to take part in creative endeavours throughout their lives.
Creative Communities forms a key part of theÂ Culture Strategy for Scotland,Â and is based on the belief that cultural activity has broad, interlinked benefits for people and communities. These include but are not limited to: improving mental wellbeing, reducing loneliness and diversion from criminal behaviour
We want to support communities to develop and implement programmes of creative activity.Â Support is focused on communities where social or geographical circumstances make engaging with cultural activities more challenging.
We are currently funding and supporting 29 organisations with funding up to ÂŁ40,000 to provide creative activities for their communities. We are supporting a further Â 15 organisations with development support and/ or seed funding.
We recently commissioned Research Scotland to complete an independent evaluation of the first year of the Creative Communities Programme.
They concluded that Creative Communities projects:
Download the full report
Watch our Creative Communities Film below showcasing a selection of the 46 projects funded in the first year of the Creative Communities Programme (2020-2021)Read more about the film here
Watch a showreel featuring some of the creative projects below.Watch the showreel
You can read our interim report from the first 6 months of the programme below.Read Report
Based in Harris and Lewis, this Creative Communities project supports online visual arts workshops for people over the age of 60, held in Gaelic and English.Learn More
Based in Skye, ATLAS organises visual art and education projects and provides resources and support to local groups to make and take part in culture.Learn More
Bethany Christian Trust aims to eliminate the risk factors of homelessness by using creative activity to improve wellbeing and strengthen communities.Learn More
The Creative Communities programme was due to launch just as the pandemic struck. Erica, head of the Creative Communities teamÂ takes a lookÂ at just what this meant for third sector organisations and Inspiring Scotland as a funder, and shares key learnings from the experience. The Creative CommunitiesÂ ProgrammeÂ wasÂ conceived as part of the Scottish Governmentâ€™s Culture strategy,Â whichRead More
We are sharing a number of case studies from our charity partners projects who were or currently are part of the Creative Communities Programme. These case studies highlight the brilliant work of our charity partners and the impact these projects had on their local communities. Each project had to pivot during the COVID-19 pandemic.Read More
Artists and participants of the ÂŁ2million Creative Communities programme gathered for the first time at V&A Dundee for the premiere of their film highlighting the power of creativity to support wellbeing during the last year. Creative Communities is a Scottish Government initiative aiming to connect communities by providing creative opportunities in communities where social orRead More
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