Capacity grants - creative economy fund

This funding is open to all Aberdeenshire organisations, constituted groups, partnerships, charities and creative businesses wishing to undertake a practical creative project which will benefit their community. 

These funds are to provide support to practical projects in the craft and creative industry across Aberdeenshire. This incorporates the following 13 different areas within the creative industries sector:

  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Publishing
  • IT, Software applications and games
  • Music, Performance and Visual Arts
  • Film, TV, Video, Radio and Photography
  • Architecture
  • Craft
  • Design Product, Fashion and Graphic Designers
  • Museums, Galleries and Libraries

Please note whilst the fund is open to all creative businesses as defined above, priority and a weighting will be given to individual creatives early in their career, supporting and developing up and coming and newly established creative businesses (less than 3 years old). The fund aims to support new creative networks and supply chains, building and sharing creative skills and potentially equipment in a community, providing opportunities for creative business to exhibit, make and sell products. 

While we recognise that individually these are small seed funds, we hope that they will bring big benefits to a number of areas and individual creatives, this could be achieved by a number of small organisations working together, as a collective for a common purpose, such as bringing a high quality craft fair to the local area.

How much is available

A total fund of £20,000 is available in year one, 2017/18. The maximum awards available is £1,500.

When is the funding available

There will be two rounds of funding with closing dates on the last working day of the following months:

Closing Date


Amount Allocated

Percentage Allocation

31st May 2017

Round 1



31st October 2017

Round 2



Applications from round 1 received after the closing date will go forward into round 2 of funding.

Applications received after 31 October 2017 will not be considered.

If the full allocation of funding is not spent in round 1, the funds will be carried over to the next round, this may mean that round 2 may have a greater allocations than that shown above, however the overall amount of funding £20,000 will remain the same for the financial year period 2017/18. 


General conditions

Regardless of the fund you are applying for, you must comply with the general conditions.

Specific conditions

When applying for the creative economy fund, you must also comply with the following conditions:

  • students in full time education, are not eligible to apply for this fund 
  • priority will be given to projects which will bring benefits to the community and create a sustainable creative environment, retaining these skills within the area

Grant agreement

If your application is successful, you will be required to sign a grant agreement.

The detailed terms and conditions which apply to the grant you are being offered are set out in both the grant agreement and within the general and specific conditions shown on this webpage. Please note that grant agreement represents a legally binding agreement between the grant recipient and Aberdeenshire Council and you may wish to seek independent legal advice on its terms prior to signing.

Funding will be paid to you on receipt of the signed grant agreement (pdf 192KB), this should be submitted in order to process payment.

Before you apply

It takes between four to six weeks to process your application and funding can only be used for activities that have not started yet, so please send your application in plenty of time. 

How to apply

If your application is successful, you will be required to sign a grant agreement.

To apply in paper download and complete the creative economy fund application form (pdf 117KB)

Please ensure that all questions are fully answered as this will delay your application.

Please send your completed application form and documents to the business development team

Additional documents 

You must also provide the following documents with your application:

  • a copy of your constitution or memorandum and articles, if you hold these
  • your latest independently audited accounts
  • a copy of your latest bank statement
  • copies of documentation to evidence the costs for costs relating to your project as outlined in part 4 funding breakdown of the application form

Application process

The application process is detailed on the capacity grants general guidance page.  

Contact details

If you require further information, guidance or assistance with this, please contact the business development team

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