Creative Scotland’s 'Nurturing Talent – Time to Shine Fund' aims to support the creative ideas and ambitions of young people aged 11 to 25.

The fund is designed by young people for young people and aims to support young people’s creative ideas and ambitions, no matter whether they have lots of experience or they’re just developing their interest in the arts.

Who can apply?

Any young person living in Scotland who is aged 11 to 25 can apply for funding from the Nurturing Talent Fund. You can apply on your own or as part of a group. If you're applying as part of a group, most of the members of the group should be between 11 to 25 years old, and you'll be asked to provide the names and ages of all of the group members on the application form.

How much funding could you receive?

You can apply for any amount between £50 and £1000.

Your application should be led and written by you as far as possible. If someone over the age of 25 has helped you with your application form, please state who this was, what they helped you with and if there were any special reasons they helped you with the form.

The amount you apply for won’t influence the outcome of your application. If your whole project can't be funded, you may still be awarded some of the money you apply for.

What can you get funding for?

The fund aims to support young artists to create something that’s important to them and celebrate young people’s current talents, interests, engagement and development in arts and creativity in Scotland.

Application Deadlines

The Nurturing Talent Fund was created by and is managed by the National Youth Arts Advisory Group (NYAAG) - a group of young people aged 14-23 from across Scotland who advocate for youth arts in Scotland. The decision-making panels are held three times a year, with the following upcoming deadlines:

  • 10 November 2019
  • 9 February 2020
  • 14 June 2020

For more information, and to appy, please visit