Scottish Government emergency funds for Youth Arts in Glasgow

Three youth arts and civil society organisations have received a total of £103K to help the recovery of youth arts provision across Glasgow, ensuring employment for youth arts practitioners and creative opportunities for children and young people continue despite the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Glasgow Connected Arts NetworkWheatley Foundation and SambaYaBamba will use the funding to distribute grants of between £500-£5,000 directly to freelance artists/creative practitioners, across all artforms, for artist led youth arts activities. 

Hannah JustadExecutive DirectorGlasgow Connected Arts Network said: “This grant will allow us to roll-out a youth-led strand to our established small grant making framework whilst extending our reach through supporting youth-led decision making. The programme will engage participatory artists in Glasgow during this extremely challenging time for the sector. Young people who are facing ever increasing barriers to the arts and community cohesive activity will have access to much needed creative experiences, which will broaden horizons and raise aspirations for young people from a variety of backgrounds here in the city.” 

The organisations will open for individual grant applications early in the new year.  

Gaynor MilneSambaYaBamba said: "SambaYaBamba are delighted to be involved in this exciting new way of distributing funds from Creative Scotland directly to practitioners in the street band network. This will open up opportunities for freelancers to create their own youth projects, with support from our organisation. We're really excited to welcome applications from individuals in early 2021, and look forward to seeing the new projects that emerge from this process." 

Lorraine McLarenDirectorWheatley Foundation said: “Many people in our communities just don’t have the opportunity or the means to access the arts.  We’re always keen to find new ways to support tenants and their families to take part in art, drama or music and this tranche of funding will enable us to do exactly that. We’re looking forward to working with Creative Scotland and artists to bring some great projects to our communities right across central and the south of Scotland.” 

Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd 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 widen access to high quality opportunities for young people, allowing them to participate and engage with music and other art forms. 

“It will also provide welcome employment opportunities to more than 200 youth arts practitioners, including freelance musicians, across Scotland.” 

Iain Munro, CEO, Creative Scotland said: “These vital emergency funds being delivered by Creative Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government are ensuring that creative opportunities continue to exist for young people and across Scotland at this critical time and provide important work for freelance artists whose opportunities have been so severely impacted by Covid-19.” 

Glasgow Connected Arts Network has received £25,000, Wheatley Foundation £50,000 and SambaYaBamba £27,505. 

The Glasgow based organisations are three of 18 across Scotland to have received a share of share in over £690K funding.  The full list of recipients is: 

Organisation (Trading name) 

Local Authority Area 

Funding Amount 

Aberdeen City Council, Creative Learning 



Action for Children 

Edinburgh, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, Clackmannanshire 


Angus Council 



Dundee Rep & Scottish Dance Theatre Limited 



East Ayrshire Council 

East Ayrshire 


Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival 



Fèis Rois 

Highland, Moray, Aberdeenshire, Dumfries & Galloway 


Fife Cultural Trust 



Findhorn Bay Arts 



Glasgow Connected Arts Network 



Made in Midlothian CIC 



North Edinburgh Arts 



PACE Theatre Company 




Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Edinburgh 


Scottish Borders Council 

Scottish Borders 


Shetland Arts Development Agency 



The Pier Arts Centre 



Wheatley Foundation 

Glasgow, Edinburgh, National 


The Small Grants Scheme is the second strand of funding to be announced as part of the Scottish Government’s £3million funding package for Youth Arts, being delivered through Creative Scotland.  At least £1.2million has already been distributed through the Youth Arts Targeted Fund and £50,000 assigned to the Nurturing Talent: New Routes Fund

Updates on all emergency funds are being published regularly on this website and publicised through media and social media communications. 

Contact Information

Claire Thomson

Media Relations & PR Officer

Creative Scotland

+44 141 302 1708


Notes to editors

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 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. 

More information on how these funds are being applied can be found on the Creative Scotland website: 

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

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and The National Lottery. 

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