Fair Work Innovation for Caregivers

Proposals from creative organisations and businesses are being invited from today, Tuesday 2 November, to help develop projects that will support the working conditions for people in the arts, screen and creative industries with caregiving responsibilities. 

Grants of between £3,000 – £15,000 from The National Lottery through Creative Scotland are available through the Radical Care Fund to support projects that will help remove barriers to working in the arts, screen and creative industries with caregiving responsibilities.  It will then look to learn from these projects, so that the impact can be understood by a wider range of people and organisations. 

Creative Scotland’s Ashley Smith-Hammond said: “The pandemic has highlighted the pressure on carers, with gendered patterns of working becoming even more acute.  

“The Radical Care initiative is a necessary intervention to support changes in the creative sector, which has known challenges around unsocial working hours, fluctuating patterns of work and higher than average levels of freelancing. 

“All of these elements combine to create barriers for people working in the arts, screen and creative industries to manage work and care responsibilities. 

“We hope that this fund will help organisations that caregivers work with and for, to rethink fair working systems and improve peoples’ work/life balance.” 

This initiative represents one of a series of measures being put in place to improve fair working practices and opportunities across the creative sector.  

Creative Scotland have commissioned Culture Radar to undertake research into Fair Work in the arts, screen and creative industries.  The results of this project will inform Creative Scotland’s future plans, helping to create the conditions for more meaningful and sustainable opportunities for work in Scotland’s creative and culture sectors.   

Contact Information

Sophie Bambrough

(+44) 07747 606 146


Notes to editors

Full information about the Radical Care Fund including criteria and application details can be found on the Creative Scotland website. The total budget for the Radical Care Fund is up to £75,000. 

In 2019, Creative Scotland launched Radical Childcare, a project developed in response to evidence from Creative Scotland’s report Understanding Diversity in the Arts (2016), which cited childcare and caring responsibilities as a barrier to working in the arts and creative industries.  Full findings from the research are available on the Creative Scotland website.  

Building on the Scottish Government’s focus on Fair Work in the 2021-22 Programme for Government , Creative-Scotland’s Annual Plan 2021 22 (p8) outlines key development activity around Fair Work in 2021/22 including:  

  • Strengthening Fair Work criteria across all our funding programmes  
  • Commissioning of Fair Work and Workforce Development Research to inform a detailed action plan  
  • Publishing of a Best Practice Guide to Recruitment, including entry routes and volunteering 

The National Lottery has raised more than £41 billion for more than 565,000 good causes across the UK since 1994. Thanks to National Lottery players, up to £600 million has been made available to support people, projects and communities throughout the UK during the Coronavirus crisis.  https://www.national-lottery.co.uk 

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland distributing funding provided by the Scottish Government and The National Lottery. Further information at creativescotland.com. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Learn more about the value of art and creativity in Scotland and join in at www.ourcreativevoice.scot 

Media Contact: Sophie Bambrough, Media Relations & PR Officer, Creative Scotland. T: (+44) 0 7747 606 146. E: Sophie.Bambrough@CreativeScotland.com