Radical Care Fund

The Radical Care Fund is for organisations within the arts, screen, and creative industries looking to try out new approaches to support their workers with caring responsibilities.



The Radical Care Fund aims to address the barriers to working which many individuals within the arts, screen, and creative industries are experiencing due to caring responsibilities.

Radical Care is an action research project for organisations within such industries looking to try out new approaches to support those with caring responsibilities. The programme aims to help organisations address some of the structural inequalities which are embedded in traditional working practices and leave a positive long-term legacy in working structures and practices that others can learn from.

Through the fund, Creative Scotland are looking to help offset the risk of initial investment in your project, to encourage you to test theoretical ideas, share best practice, as well as any common pitfalls to help others avoid similar challenges in the future. Creative Scotlands want to learn from actual impacts and actual challenges of practical solutions.

A researcher postion is also required by Creative Scotland to evaluate the Radical Care Action Research Demonstration Projects. If you're interested, please visit Public Contracts Scotland to find out more and to submit your tender application.

Find out more about this fund in this video featuring Ashley Smith-Hammond, the Creative Industries Officer at Creative Scotland.

What funding is available?

Radical Care has a budget of up to £75,000 to support a selection of demonstration projects in Scotland’s creative industries.

The project will offer grants of between £3,000 – £15,000 and expects to support between five and fifteen projects (depending on demand).

Who can apply? 

Creative Scotland invites applications to run pilot or demonstration projects from arts, screen, and creative industries organisations in Scotland. Creative Scotland are interested in projects from across all art forms that connect and support Scotland’s creative industries. Organisations in receipt of Creative Scotland Regular Funding (including Screen Scotland funded organisations) are eligible to apply.

For full eligibility details, please see the fund guidance.

Key dates

  • Fund opens - Tuesday 2 November 202

  • Application deadline - 12 noon, Friday 26 November 2021

  • Decisions received - w/c 20 December 2021

  • External research supplier appointed - December 2021

  • Demonstration projects are expected to take place - January - December 2022

  • Researchers and project participants' initial contact - January/February 2022

  • Creative Scotland Sharing event - Date to be confirmed

How to apply

Once you've read the fund guidance, you can apply online using My Creative Scotland, the Creative scotland online funding portal.

The deadline to apply is 12 noon, Friday 26 November 2021.

Apply online using My Creative Scotland

Download the Radical Care Fund Guidance (PDF, opens in a new window)

Download the Radical Chilcare Report (PDF, opens in a new window)

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