Over 100 individual artists and organisations working across the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland have been given a huge financial boost.

Creative Scotland has made over £2.4million of Open Project Funding awards. More than half has been awarded to individual artists and collectives to enable them to research, develop, create and tour work.

Iain Munro, deputy chief executive, Creative Scotland, said: “The arts, screen and creative industries make a significant contribution to the health and well-being of our lives, regardless of who we are or where we live.

“Through this funding, artists and creative organisations are able to explore, develop and realise their creative potential, widen access to their work, and enrich Scotland’s reputation as a distinctive creative nation connected to the world.

“We are particularly pleased to see such a high number of emerging and established individual artists and creative practitioners who demonstrate quality, imagination and ambition in their work, being supported through these awards.”

Open Project Funding commenced on 1 October, 2014 and sits alongside Regular and Targeted Funding as one of Creative Scotland’s three funding routes.

There are no deadlines attached to Open Project Funding.  Applications are reviewed on a weekly basis and decisions provided within 8 weeks for applications less than £15,000 and 12 weeks for applications more than £15,000.  This means that individuals and organisations can apply at a time that suits their needs and their practice.

Over £2.3m of these awards have been allocated from National Lottery funds. Alongside funding from the Scottish Government, The National Lottery forms a vital part of funding support for the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland and it is important to recognise this.