Scottish Government emergency funds for Youth Arts

Edinburgh-based Film Access Scotland, who work with marginalised and hard to reach communities across Scotland to provide access to film and media activity and education, has received £40,744 in emergency funds from the Scottish Government’s Youth Arts funding package through Screen Scotland, to help ensure creative opportunities for children and young people continue despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Film Access Scotland is a consortium of leading moving image and media access organisations that work with young people and the wider community throughout Scotland, including GMAC in Glasgow, Station House Media Unit in Aberdeen and Voice of My Own in the Borders, who work with people at all stages of their film education journey as well as using film and media for community development purposes.

Natalie Usher, Chief Executive, Film Access Scotland said: “Film Access Scotland and its members are delighted to be one of the recipients of this Youth Arts funding and to contribute towards ensuring that creative opportunities continue to exist for young people across Scotland at this critical time through our Making Sense of a Changing World project.”

Culture Secretary, Fiona Hyslop said: “Youth music and youth arts organisations across Scotland are playing an important role in the lives of young people during these difficult times.

“This funding will support these organisations to expand their work and provide creative opportunities to young people as well as work and income for the artists and practitioners working with them through these projects.”

Iain Munro, CEO, Creative Scotland said: “All the emergency funds currently being delivered by Creative Scotland and through Screen Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government and also thanks to National Lottery funds are vital in addressing the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.  I’m particularly pleased that we are able to announce today the first recipients of this Youth Arts funding which will reach some of the children and young people most adversely affected by the pandemic and provide important work for freelance artists whose opportunities have been so severely impacted by Covid-19.”

The Youth Arts Fund is one of a series of emergency funds from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery being delivered by Screen Scotland, to help mitigate the immediate impacts of COVID-19 on Scotland’s film and tv sector:

  • £1.5million National Lottery funding through Screen Scotland’s Bridging Bursary which opened to applications from Fri 27 Mar to Wed 20 May reached 681 screen sector freelancers.
  • £700K Screen element of the Scottish Government’s Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers opened for applications from Tues 22 Sept to Fri 2 Oct. Assessments are taking place and decisions being communicated to applicants.
  • The Scottish Government’s £12.5million Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund has reached venues including those offering cinema provision: An Lanntair (Stornoway), Eden Court Theatre (Inverness) and the Macrobert Arts Centre (Stirling).

The full list of recipients of this Fund:

Organisation (Trading name)

Local Authority Area

Funding Amount

Drake Music Scotland

Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Highland





Feisean nan Gaidheal

Highland, National


Feis Rois



Film Access Scotland



National Piping Centre



National Youth Choir of Scotland

Aberdeen, Glasgow National


National Youth Orchestra of Scotland

Glasgow, Stirling


Scottish Book Trust



Scottish Brass Band Association



Scottish Music Centre



Scottish Youth Theatre



Sistema Scotland

Dundee, Aberdeen



Edinburgh, Fife


Tinderbox Collective

Edinburgh, Perth and Kinross


Toonspeak Young Peoples Theatre




North Lanarkshire


Youth Theatre Arts Scotland




Total: £1,053,393.00

*Starcatchers led consortium working in partnership with Imaginate and Lyra.


The Youth Arts funding announced today is part of a series of emergency funds from the Scottish Government being delivered by Creative Scotland to help mitigate the immediate impacts of Covid-19 on the creative and cultural sector.

The emergency funds announced by the First Minister on Friday 28 August are as follows:

  • £5million Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers, including a fund for freelancers working in Screen, which opened for applications on Monday 26 October. The Fund - which has been enhanced to £8million from an additional £3milion from the Scottish Government announced on Tuesday 3 November - reopened for further applications on Tuesday 10 November.
  • £15million Culture Organisation and Venues Recovery Fund which opened for applications on Thursday 17 September with a deadline of Thursday 24 September. 348 applications were received totalling over £22million. The first tranche of £11.75million made to 203 recipients were announced on Thursday 5 November. The second tranche will be announced on Thursday 19 November.
  • £3.5million additional funds for Creative Scotland’s Open Fund which is open for applications to individuals and organisations on a rolling basis.
  • £1.5million for the Culture Collective programme (part of the £5million Sustaining Creative Practice Fund, referred to in the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government), supporting organisations employing freelance artists to work in and with communities across Scotland. The programme launched on Tuesday 3 November.

Previously announced funds from the Scottish Government are:

The Scottish Government emergency funds being administered through Creative Scotland are part of the Scottish Government’s announcement of Friday 28 August of £59million emergency funding for culture and heritage. That funding comes from the £97million in UK Government consequentials for the culture and heritage sectors.

This is in addition to the £23.5million previously awarded through the Creative, Tourism, Hospitality and Hardship Fund and £128million through the Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund.

More information about Covid-19 funding and resources can be accessed via, and through Screen Scotland’s Resource Directory for COVID-19.