Support for creative industries and heritage

There are now a number of support and funding packages available for those operating in the creative industries and heritage.


Latest news 05 May 2020


We are delighted to announce an immersive digital edition of XpoNorth 2020 will take place across our original dates of Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 June. Having re-imagined our physical delivery, we have been working hard to design a highly immersive conference experience - offering attendees, partners and participants a host of interactive touch points across our content suite.

At a time where it’s essential the creative, digital and heritage sectors come together to discuss our common welfare through a short and long term lens, XpoNorth will offer unique access to leading industry insights and discuss the overriding theme of how we individually and collectively adapt to this unprecedented impact on our industry.

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Year round specialist advice 

XpoNorth is continuously updating information and advice to support the sector, sharing knowledge via video, podcast, and blogs whilst also hosting webinars and ‘hangouts’ to answer questions.  

The year round specialist advice service continues as normal and is accessible via the XpoNorth website. 

Businesses can also request a Digital Dashboard to ‘at a glance’ monitor platform activity and inform their digital strategy.

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Creative Scotland has launched three funding programmes designed to provide further support to sustain the country’s creative community during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Bridging Bursary Funds are now closed. Creative Scotland is currently processing all requests received. 

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Heritage fund 

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  

The fund will be available for grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 and will be available to organisations across the full breadth of heritage, including historic sites, industrial and maritime heritage, museums, libraries and archives, parks and gardens, landscapes and nature. This fund is open until 30 June. 

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Bridging Bursary Programme - Screen Scotland

This fund is to support freelance or self-employed screen practitioners working in Scotland’s screen sector (exhibition, distribution, development, production or postproduction for film or television, scripted or unscripted, live-action or animation, talent and skills development, film education) who are experiencing immediate financial difficulty due to the loss of screen sector income in Scotland as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund is now closed. Applications are being processed. 

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Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development 

Creative Scotland has launched the Open Fund to enable individuals and organisations to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances. Funding is available of between £1,000 - £50,000 from a total of £7.5m of National Lottery money.

Find out more on the Creative Scotland website