Nurturing Talent Fund: Time to Shine for young filmmakers

Creative Scotland’s Nurturing Talent – Time to Shine Fund aims to support the artistic and creative ideas of young people aged 11 to 25.

Together with Young Scot, Creative Scotland want to award funding to young people that show ambition, enthusiasm or talent in their chosen art form and require some financial support to develop or promote this further. Funding may also be awarded to those who face significant barriers to access, such as rural isolation or additional support requirements.

A group of young filmmakers film in a playpark

Film focus

One of the focuses of the Nurturing Talent Fund is film and moving image, now with additional funding specifically targeted to help young artists working in this area to develop their projects. Creative Projects are a priority in allocating funding, but this Time to Shine fund will also look to support:

  • Promotion and showcasing (such as staging an exhibition, recording a demo, marketing a performance, publishing written work)
  • Artistic development (such as work shadowing, mentoring)
  • Peer-to-peer delivery (such as hosting a workshop, setting up a local group)

With the support of the Nurturing Talent FundEmma Malins, Louis Martin and Sophie Burr, aged 20, from Aberdeen, were able to produce their short film Grow, which looks at the relationship between a father and daughter through the eyes of a plant.

Thanks to this funding we have the ability to make our film the best that can be

“We are delighted to have been awarded funding from Time to Shine. With this money, we want to produce our short film “Grow”. The story of a Father and Daughter relationship told through the life span of a plant they grow together.

Thanks to this funding we have the ability to make our film the best that can be and we are so grateful to have that opportunity. As a team, we are now super excited to get production under way!”

Emma Malins, Louis Martin and Sophie Burr, Aberdeen

Who is eligible?

You must be aged 11 to 25 years old and live in Scotland to be eligible for funding.

The fund is open to both groups and individuals who can apply for a minimum of £50 and maximum of £1000.

Details of all group members should be included on the application form and the majority of the group should be aged 11 to 25.

Your application, and the ideas behind your application must be led by you and therefore should be written by you, unless there is a specific reason this is not possible (e.g. dyslexia, learning difficulty etc.)

Is this fund right for you?

Please read through the following guidelines and feel free to get in touch if you have any queries about the suitability of your project. It may be worth exploring other funding opportunities to support your project or think about fundraising opportunities or in-kind support (e.g. hall rental) in your area.

Alternative funding is listed at the Youth Link Funding Directory. You can find links to local funding and funding for specific art forms – e.g. young musician funding:

You must provide a breakdown of what you are seeking funding for.

Time to Shine will consider all costs, except for:

  • Fees, or the subsidy of fees for workshops/courses/auditions. However, support with travel and/or accommodation to attend a workshop/course may be considered for exceptional circumstances – e.g. rural isolation, additional support requirements, and affordability.
  • We will not fund participation in competitions or any associated costs.
  • Activities which have already started.
  • The purchase of equipment (with the exception of rented equipment for a one-off performance or similar)

While open to all young people who have who have ambition, enthusiasm or talent in their chosen art form, the Fund is particularly targeted at those who might not be able to develop their talent further due to the barriers of:

  • Geography – issues with accessing opportunity due to their location; and
  • Disability – issues with taking part due to cost or unsuitable infrastructure or support.

How to apply

You can learn more about this fund and complete an application form online at

You can also download a printable application form or call 0808 801 0338 to request an application form by post. Guidance on word counts for each answer have been provided, although you will not be penalised for shorter or longer answers which are clear and concise.

You must ask two people who know you to act as a referees to support your application. At least one referee must not be related to you. We may contact you or your referees if we have questions about the application.


The deadline for applicants is Friday 22 February 2019. Best of luck!