PACE Youth Theatre Limitless Schools Project. Photo by Erskine Arts

Scottish Government emergency funds for Youth Arts in Renfrewshire

PACE Theatre Company and SambaYaBamba have received a total of £47.5K to help the recovery of youth arts provision across Renfrewshire, ensuring employment for youth arts practitioners and creative opportunities for children and young people continue despite the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The funding will be used to distribute grants of between £500-£5,000 directly to freelance artists/creative practitioners, across all artforms, for artist led youth arts activities. 

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.” 

Jenni Mason, Artistic DirectorPACE Youth Theatre said: “At PACE we are passionate about the transformative power of the arts and committed to creating exciting and accessible opportunities for young people, so we are thrilled to have been selected to distribute funds to develop new projects in Renfrewshire.  

“We hope to offer support to freelance artists keen to produce their own projects, as well as creating a means for young people in our community to take part in exciting projects, working with highly skilled artists while developing a range of new creative skills themselves.  

“We are incredibly excited about the possibilities this project will generate and can't wait to get started.” 

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." 

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.” 

PACE Theatre Company has received £20,000 and SambaYaBamba £27,505. 

These organisations are two of 18 across Scotland to have received a share in over £690K funding. The full list of recipients are: 

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. 

Image: PACE Youth Theatre Limitless Schools Project. Photo credit: Erskine Arts

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Katya Speight

Media Relations & PR Co-ordinator

Creative Scotland


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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