Starcatchers’ Play Fund

  • Grants and Funding
  • Scotland
  • Applications have closed
  • Grants and Funding
  • Scotland
  • Applications have closed.

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Applications to Starcatchers Play fund are now open.

The Play Fund is an award for two artists or artist collectives of up to £4,000 each to explore their practice and develop new works suitable for an early years audience and their grown-ups.

Deadline: 5:00pm, 30 November 2021
Location: This opportunity is available for artists based in Scotland.

The Play Fund is an award for two artists or artist collectives of up to £4,000 each to explore their practice and develop new works suitable for an early years audience and their grown-ups.

The first round saw four artist teams awarded for a range of work including performances, community engagement projects and development time for exploring a new idea.

Artists can use these awards to pay for their own time, materials and associated costs of developing their ideas. We imagine the awards ranging from £2,000-4,000. This fund supports work across all art forms.

The aims of the Play Fund are to:

-Support artists with time and space to explore and progress ideas and practice, in making work for babies and young children, from birth to 5 years, and their adults.
-Encourage artists to push the boundaries of what an arts experience for babies and young children can be.

How to apply 
This opportunity is for artists based in Scotland. We intend to ensure that at least one of these awards is made to an artist who identifies as Black, a Person of Colour, from the African Caribbean Diaspora, Latinx, East Asian Diaspora, South East Asian Diaspora, South Asian Diaspora, West Asian Diaspora (including Middle East), Indigenous people, biracial or as having mixed heritage.

To apply for this round please send us the following (either by written application or video). We would suggest 1-2 pages of A4 or up to a 5 minute video, unless you want to include more.

-A description of what you would like to do and why
-Who would be involved
-An idea of what funding you would need
-A rough timescale of when things would happen
-Any support we can offer in addition to funding (training, mentoring, networking, access

to resources)
Please email applications to

The deadline is 5pm on Tuesday 30th November.

A panel of Starcatchers staff and freelance artists will consider all the applications. Everyone who applies will receive a response no later than 14 December and feedback will be available upon request.

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