Glasgow Creates

Glasgow CAN’s Create Grant scheme is now closed for proposals. The deadline to submit a proposal was 5pm on Friday 21st May 2021.

What is the new Create Grant scheme?

The Create Grant scheme is part of Glasgow CAN’s new Glasgow Creates programme. Glasgow Creates is a Participatory Arts programme that aims to reach every corner of the city through cultural workshops, events and community-led opportunities. The Creative Industries is the second biggest employer in Glasgow, offering a broad range of employment and education opportunities but many people face barriers to accessing these opportunities due to deprivation and inequality. Glasgow Creates will join-up organisations, artists, and local people to make a career or participation in the arts an option for everyone no matter the barriers they face. Glasgow CAN believe that everyone has the right to be creative and that the arts really do change lives for the better.

Glasgow Creates will;
  • Encourage innovative ways of working and collaboration through new partnerships and initiatives
  • Encourage community-led and co-authored provision
  • Break down barriers to provision and promote equalities, diversity and inclusion
  • Raise aspirations through people leading or participating in quality Participatory Arts projects
  • Support participants to come together at an annual festival to celebrate one another’s projects
  • Ensure that Participatory Arts is firmly on-the-map as a method of changing lives for the better within communities

What can the new grant cover?

Glasgow CAN is pleased to announce that we can now accept proposals from members based across all areas of Glasgow City to support Participatory Arts projects happening between July 2021 and February 2022. Beneficiaries of the grant must live, work or study within a Glasgow City Ward. This year the Create Grant scheme will support a minimum of eight Participatory Arts projects led by existing members. Members can apply for grants of between £1000 to £2500 each (the total budget for this year is £20,000).
The Create Grant;
  • Can be used as match-funding or for a stand-alone project
  • Scheme will prioritise projects which will reach members of the community who are facing barriers to arts participation
  • Can be for a new or pilot project, or to support an existing initiative
  • Must be spent by the end of February 2022
  • Can potentially support digital and/or face-to-face activity but only if the project is in-line with current Covid-19 government guidelines (please visit before submitting a proposal)
  • A completed Project Proposal form must be completed and submitted to Glasgow CAN by the closing date in order to be considered (other formats are acceptable such as a video application but please email to arrange this)

Guidelines and how to apply

Members are encouraged to read the Guidance Document carefully before submitting a proposal. The Project Proposal Form should be submitted no later than Friday 21st May 2021. Proposals submitted after this date will not be considered.

If a member requires the form in another format or has any other access needs, please email

Our top five tips when putting a proposal together;

  1. Share your passion for your project or your practice on paper; why is there a need and what motivates you

  2. Ensure your income and expenditure totals match for the project, including any in-kind contributions

  3. Research rates and costs carefully

  4. Include a brief project timeline if appropriate

  5. Keep it short and concise

You must be a member to apply for this grant scheme. If you are not yet a member of Glasgow CAN but would like to join please click on Sign Up at the top of our home page under Members. The form is quick to complete and membership is currently FREE.

If Glasgow CAN make the decision that a project is not eligible for the fund, the applicant will be informed and the application will not be processed further. The most likely reason for this would be that the project application does not meet the criteria and therefore is not in-line with Glasgow CAN’s key priorities as an organisation.

This scheme falls under Glasgow CAN’s Glasgow Creates Programme. Glasgow CAN would like to take this opportunity to thank Glasgow City Council’s Community Fund for their support for us to deliver this support to our members.

What have we funded previously?

Our  previous Commissioned Projects programme has historically supported a vast number of individual projects across a diverse range of arts practices, including; 

Chaz B & Resurgance Scotland: Glasgow CAN supported member Chaz Bonnar and his company Resurgence to deliver a series of dance workshops, culminating in Resurgence 4, a breaking event at Glasgow’s Classic Grand.

Terra Incognita – From Her, to HerGlasgow CAN supported Terra Incognita’s From Her, To Her – a partnership project with Saheliya, an organisation in Springburn, which supports women from BAME backgrounds and asylum seekers to access equal opportunities. From Her, To Her comprised of a series of creative workshops marking the centenary of the Representation of the People’s Act, which first gave (some) women the vote in Britain in 1918.

New Rhythms for Glasgow / Soundplay Dome: Glasgow CAN supported New Rhythms for Glasgow to bring the Soundplay Dome, a multi-sensory, audiovisual learning space to Balgrayhill Community Centre.

We have also previously commissioned projects from Mrs Magooty, Caishnah Nevans, Andy Edwards The Bold CollectiveOnly Skin Many StudiosStranger Games, Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre & LOOP and many more.

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