Create:Networks

  • Grants and Funding
  • Scotland
  • 05/08/2024
  • Grants and Funding
  • Scotland
  • 05/08/2024

Website Creative_Dundee , with support from The National Lottery through Creative Scotland

Supporting emerging and established local creative networks as enablers for sustainable creative communities in Scotland.


We’re delighted to invite applications for Create:Networks 2024/25 – a fund to help groups, organisations and creative practitioners build local creative networks as enablers for sustainable creative communities in Scotland.

Networks weave vital webs of connection, strengthening the collective through mutual support, skill sharing and knowledge exchange. Often informal and grown from grassroots, these communities provide space to gather together, find momentum, face challenges, share values and demystify processes. Creative networks benefit from local as well as industry knowledge, centring collaboration over going it alone – and strengthening not just active community participants but our places and the wider creative ecosystem, too.

The Create:Networks fund will resource both new and established local creative networks to build, grow and sustain themselves, alongside accessing peer-sharing and network development support. Each network will develop a 12-month programme of activities that will enable creative practitioners and businesses to establish greater sustainability through connections, opportunities and exchange – channelling the support of the fund throughout creative communities across Scotland.


Key information

This fund is open to groups and organisations based in Scotland. Applicants must be able to make a clear and compelling proposal outlining how they will aim to build and grow a local creative network that will support creative practitioners and businesses in developing sustainable practices.

Applicants should note that the primary usage of the word ‘sustainable’ in relation to this fund refers to the capability of creative practices and businesses to be sustained within the creative economy, with the creative network’s purpose being to support this.

This fund will support existing creative networks to undertake new activity as well as activity to establish new creative networks. To reflect this distinction there are two award levels:

  • New networks – up to £10,000 of funding per network.
  • Established networks – up to £20,000 of funding per network.

Deadline for applications: Monday 5 August 2024, 12 noon. Funded activity will begin from Mon 16 September 2024 and be complete by Sun 31 August 2025. Representative(s) of the successful networks will be expected to attend two development sessions online in October 2024 (dates TBC), and a final sharing session in summer 2025 (date TBC).

The fund must be used to support activity for a local creative network which includes:

  • Developing, managing and delivering the network activities;
  • Running peer-to-peer networking and knowledge-sharing events;
  • Providing information on and access to opportunities – local, UK and international;
  • Supporting the creative network to develop its business plan and become sustainable long-term.

This fund is open to applications from groups, collectives, social enterprises, charities, community interest companies and creative support organisations, cultural and leisure trusts, local authorities and national companies (please note full information within the fund guidance regarding eligibility for specific award levels). Creative Scotland Regularly Funded Organisations are not eligible to apply to this fund.

The Create:Networks total funding available is £120,000. The fund is managed and delivered by Scotland’s Creative Networks, led by Creative Dundee, with support from The National Lottery through Creative Scotland.


Key dates

  • Fund launched: Monday 10 June 2024
  • Deadline for applications: Monday 5 August 2024, 12 noon
  • Decisions shared with applicants: by end of August 2024
  • Funded activity begins: Monday 16 September 2024
  • Development sessions (2x two-hour online sessions): October 2024, date TBC
  • Sharing session: summer 2025, date TBC
  • Funded activity complete: by Sunday 31 August 2025

If you have any enquiries about the application process, guidance or application form, please contact jen@creativedundee.com with the subject line ‘Create:Networks enquiry’.

We’ll be sharing an updated FAQ of enquiries submitted to us (with permission) throughout the application period, to help answer potential questions from others – you’ll be able to find them below.

Create:Networks design by Kate Scarlet Harvey

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