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22 January 2018

Funding Information

Funding, grants, training and support


Advice on Funding

Creative Industries - Routes to Finance Guide is a major initiative by the ICAEW's Corporate Finance Faculty, supported by the Creative Industries Federation and 52 organisations in the UK's creative economy. This guide has been written for creative organisations that are looking to leverage funding and investment from both traditional and non-traditional sources. It's the first comprehensive and bespoke guide for Britain's creative industries.

It outlines:

  • Practical approaches to financial preparation
  • Professional advice
  • Public investment
  • Philanthropic support and private capital

Together these help organisations to develop financial sustainability and resilience. The guide is based on in-depth interviews and contributions by more than 80 professionals - from national cultural institutions, creative businesses, government agencies, investors, lenders and advisory organisations, who were all part of the original research process.


Funding Scotland

Information on over 1200 funds (from small grants to funding for big capital projects) which support Scottish projects. Find funding for your charity, community group or social enterprise using its free online search engine.



See the Getting Published pages.




Go-Digital Fund (round 2 deadline Friday 23 February 2018)

The deadline for applications for round 2 of 2017/18 is Friday 23 February 2018. Applications should be submitted using the round 2 application form.

For enquiries about the fund, contact our Member Services Manager Lucy Feather.

The Go-Digital fund supports Scottish-based book publishers in bringing their books to a new digital audience. It's administered by Publishing Scotland with the help of funding from Creative Scotland. The total sum of £8,000 is spread over two funding rounds annually.

The fund helps publishers in three areas:
(a) accessing training or consultancy on digital matters;
(b) attending digital events in the UK and overseas; and
(c) marketing their digital books and content.
Publishers can claim costs up to a maximum of £1,000 per company.


I. As with any Creative Scotland funding, the quality of the publishing programme is important.
II. Financial need.
III. Type of publishing - priority will normally be given to publishers of fiction, children's books, poetry, and selected non-fiction (normally of a cultural nature) but other types of publishing will be considered.
IV. Your company must be substantially based in Scotland.
V. Self-publishers are not eligible.

Thinking of applying? Read about some of the projects that were funded in 2014-15.


Go-See Grants Fund

Round 2 of funding for 2017/18 closed for applications on Friday 24 November 2017.

For enquiries, contact our Member Services Manager Lucy Feather.

The Go-See Grants Fund is administered by Publishing Scotland with the financial support of Creative Scotland. The purpose of the fund is to enable Scottish-based publishers to attend national and international book trade fairs for the first time.

i.    Priority will be given to first-time publisher presence at fairs, with appropriate matching of type of books published to the nature of the fair (ie children's publishers at Bologna, etc); though other applications may be considered if there are sufficient funds
ii.    Quality of publishing programme
iii.   Financial need
iv.   Type of publishing - priority will be to publishers of fiction, children's books, poetry, and selected non-fiction
v.    You must be a publisher or agent based in Scotland
vi.   Self-publishers are not eligible

There are 2 rounds of this fund per financial year.

For more information, the full terms and conditions, and to apply see the Go-See Fund application form for round 2 of 2017-18 (Word document).

The maximum amount that can be applied for is £1,000. Applicants may not receive the full amount they request. 

Where have successful applicants been? Read about the success of the fund

UK Trade & Investment Tradeshow Access Programme for events taking place between 1 October 2017 and 31 March 2018

The Publishers Association works with UKTI to deliver a programme of international events for the publishing industry. Funding may be available towards attending the following fairs: Frankfurt, China Shanghai Children's and Guadalajara (Mexico) 2017 and Taipei (Taiwan) and Bologna 2018.

Applications must be submitted at least 8 weeks before the event but as they are processed on a first come first serviced basis, apply ASAP. For details, see the PA's TAP information leaflet, the terms and conditions and the application form.


Creative Scotland


Creative Scotland is a source of investment in the arts and creative industries.  The main way to access investment is through one of the Funding Programmes. You can also look for other opportunities on the Creative Scotland Opportunities page.


See the Translation pages.


Other grants and funding sources 

Internship funding for Robertson Trust Scholars

The Robertson Trust (Scotland's largest private charitable trust) is looking for businesses to help extend its internship programmes for its bursary scholars. Presently, two programmes are offered. Undergraduate: Current 3rd year bursary scholars can take an 8-week paid summer internship before starting their 4th year. The Robertson Trust will fully fund this internship at £910 per month with no cost to the employer. Graduate: In partnership with Santander Bank, the Trust offers its graduates a 3-month paid internship with an employer matched as closely as possible to their career interests. This often acts as a stepping-stone into permanent employment. There are full details in the information pack on The Robertson Trust website. The internship programmes were featured in an article in The Scotsman of Wednesday 18 November 2015.  


Business support from universities


Interface is a matchmaking service connecting businesses quickly and easily to world class expertise, knowledge and research facilities available in all Scotland's universities and research institutes. Interface's free and impartial service stimulates innovation and encourages companies to consider academic support to help solve their business challenges. Open to all, regardless of sector or geographical location, Interface proves that collaborating with academic partners brings significant business benefits. If you have a technical problem or need to develop your business, Interface will help you access the knowledge and facilities available. Contact Louise Arnold of Interface for more information.

Interface administers a number of funding schemes to offset the cost of collaborating with Scotland's universities and research institutions enabling them to develop new products and processes through R&D projects.


j4b Grants information website

The j4b website contains comprehensive grant information for the UK and Ireland covering European, national government and lottery funding plus regional and local funding.