Youth Arts Small Grants Scheme

Glasgow CAN’s new Youth Arts Small Grants scheme is now OPEN for applications. The deadline to submit an application is Monday 1st of March 2021 at 5pm.

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This scheme is supported by Creative Scotland.

What is this new opportunity?

This initiative is led by Creative Scotland, supported by the Scottish Government in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The purpose of this fund is to support organisations such as Glasgow CAN to take ownership of the distribution of funding to meet needs in their sector or locality through empowering freelance youth arts practitioners to deliver activity for the benefit of children and young people. In addition, the fund aims to strengthen and broaden organisations’ connections with these practitioners such as our amazing members. 

Glasgow CAN applied to Creative Scotland to be one of the distributing organisations and was successful. We can only award grants to freelance members who are members of the PVG scheme and work with children or young people. We have a total budget of £20,000 to give out and will distribute grants of £500–£2500 directly to freelance artists/creative practitioners, across all artforms, to deliver artist led youth arts activities. By artist led, we mean artists take the key lead in the design and delivery of collaborative projects.

The Youth Arts Small Grants will;
  • Support our freelance members to continue to deliver high-quality, much-needed participatory arts to young people in the communities and settings with which they are already engaged
  • Ensure that some of the most disadvantaged young people in Glasgow can access and participate in creative opportunities at a time when these are being halted or reduced
  • Support freelance practitioners to develop their networks and practice, while being appropriately remunerated
  • Enable young people across Glasgow to improve their confidence, mental wellbeing and raise their aspirations, both creative and in general

What can the new grant cover?

Glasgow CAN is pleased to announce that we can now accept applications from freelance members based across all areas of Glasgow to support Youth Arts Participatory Arts projects happening between June 2021 and February 2022. Successful applicants will also take part in networking events, training opportunities and an end of project sharing event to offer support and strengthen their networks. 

The Youth Arts Small Grant; 
  • Can be used as match-funding or for a stand-alone project
  • Initiative will prioritise projects which will reach young people in the community who are facing barriers to arts participation
  • Must be spent by the end of February 2022 
  • Should involve carefully considered partnership working (partner orgs can not benefit financially from the initiative) 
  • Can 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) 
  • The application form must be completed and submitted to Glasgow CAN by the closing date in order to be considered (other formats will not be accepted unless otherwise agreed, please see guidelines) 
  • The purpose of this fund is to support freelancers, therefore it cannot be used to fund organisations. Any partner organisations should only offer in-kind support to the projects.

Guidelines and how to apply

Members are encouraged to read the Guidance Document carefully before submitting a proposal. The Application Form should be downloaded from the website, completed and emailed to by 5pm on Monday 1st March 2021 at 5pm. 

If a member requires the form in another format or has any other access needs, please email or call 07595554579 during normal working hours. 

Glasgow CAN’s Executive Director will be holding a one-hour Info Event on how to apply to this fund on Wednesday 3rd February at 11am. Please visit Tickets Ignite Event Page  to book a FREE place.

The application window is 26th January – 1st March 2021. Proposals received after this will not be considered. Projects can start from June 2021 and projects must completed by the end of February 2022 at the very latest.

Our top five tips when completing this application;

  1. Share your passion for your project and 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. Consider the impact of Covid-19 on you being able to deliver the project 
  5. Keep answers short and concise

You must be a member to apply for this grant. 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 is not in-line with Glasgow CAN’s key priorities as an organisation.

Glasgow CAN would like to take this opportunity to thank Creative Scotland Council’s Community for their support for us to deliver this support to our members.


Please watch the following video for more information about the guidelines and tips when applying for this grant:

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