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CashBack for Creativity

Title of Project – CashBack for Creativity

Theme – Creativity


Target Group – Young people disadvantaged by:-

  • Living in areas of deprivation; and
  • Being unemployed, not in education or training; and
  • Being excluded, or at risk of exclusion from school; and
  • Being at risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending/re-offending

Age range : 10 to 24 years

Number of Young People the project expects to work with : 18,000 (10,000 young people through Open Fund and 8,000 young people through Targeted Fund)

Summary of Project


The project will deliver two grant initiatives open to all 32 local authority areas. The Targeted Fund will support art organisations to provide disadvantaged young people pathways to increase attainment, positive destinations and develop soft and vocational skills. The Open Fund will offer wide reaching opportunities to provide short to medium term projects to disadvantaged young people, with more emphasis on positive activity participation and raising community involvement.

Creative Scotland will deliver two grant initiatives: Targeted Fund and Open Fund

CashBack for Creativity – Targeted Fund

This is expected to distribute £1,557,999 over the three years from FY 2017/18 to FY 2019/20.
Applications will range from £70,000 – £120,000 – and fund up to 18 organisations. The fund will be open to all art forms
Funding will be provided to each organisation up to a 3 year period
Each organisation will be required to provide satisfactory Quarterly Reports and Annual Reviews (which will align to Creative Scotland’s reporting requirements and timescales) for grant payment authorisation
The targeted fund is to provide longer term engagement and create positive destinations for disadvantaged young people.

Applicant projects will be expected to provide:
projects models with appropriate progression pathways that offer deeper engagement for disadvantaged young people
robust plans to achieve and monitor the Phase 4 outcomes
proven expertise in delivering successfully to disadvantaged young people

CashBack for Creativity – Open Fund
The Open Fund will deliver short to medium term creative activity to disadvantaged young people as set out in the Phase 4 target group above. This is expected to distribute £750,000 over the three years from FY 2017/18 to FY 2019/20. The administration of this Fund will be open to tender.
Applications will range from £500 – £10,000
Funding will be provided for up to 12 months per project
There will be 3 funding rounds across the 3 year programme

Areas where the project will be delivered


Applications will be open to all Local Authorities and a criteria of funding will include delivery to young people from the most deprived areas in that local authority. Applications will be required to evidence how they will:

-identify the primary target participant group from the most deprived areas in the local authority; and/or
-target socio/economically disadvantaged young people who are unemployed, not in education or training; and/or
-have been excluded from school or at risk of exclusion; and/or
-are at risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending or re-offending and
include the voice of young people