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Creative Communities

Culture is a part of every community

Creative Communities, which launched in 2020, 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 Government’s Culture and Justice directorates and aims to extend opportunities for people to take part in creative endeavours throughout their lives.

The list of organisations funded by the Creative Communities Programme can be found here. 

Read the media release about the launch of the fund here and our media release about funding for 2021/22.

Funded organisations

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About the programme

Creative Communities forms a key part of the Culture Strategy for Scotland, 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.  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 £40,000 to provide creative activities for their communities. We are supporting a further  15 organisations with development support and/ or seed funding.

Creative Communities Film

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

Creative Communities Showreel

Watch a showreel featuring some of the creative projects below.

Watch the showreel

Creative Communities Interim Report

You can read our interim report from the first 6 months of the programme below.

Read Report

Contact Us

For all enquiries about the Creative Communities programme please email  creative@inspiringscotland.org.uk

We’re also on Twitter @IScreativecomm

Creative Communities

Supported organisations

An Lanntair
Creative Communities

An Lanntair

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.

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ATLAS Arts in partnership with Skye Climate Action
Creative Communities

ATLAS Arts in partnership with Skye Climate Action

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.

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Bethany Christian Trust
Creative Communities

Bethany Christian Trust

Bethany Christian Trust aims to eliminate the risk factors of homelessness by using creative activity to improve wellbeing and strengthen communities.

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Our news

Creative Communities: V&A Dundee host film premiere 
01.09.2021

Creative Communities: V&A Dundee host film premiere 

Artists and participants of the £2million Creative Communities programme gathered for the first time at V&A Dundee for the premier 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 or

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Successful organisations announced for Inspiring Scotland Creative Communities programme
02.11.2020

Successful organisations announced for Inspiring Scotland Creative Communities programme

  Nearly 40 organisations around Scotland have been announced as recipients of funding from Inspiring¬†Scotland’s new Creative Communities Programme, which will support the development of grassroots creative and cultural initiatives.

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£600K Creative Communities cultural funding programme launches
01.07.2020

£600K Creative Communities cultural funding programme launches

Inspiring Scotland has launched a new programme that aims to support and empower individuals and communities to develop cultural activities.  Open to applicants from July 1, the Creative Communities programme will distribute up to £600,000 to support communities to develop new initiatives involving culture and creative arts for the period October 2020-June 2021. In addition

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