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25 February 2018

Regular Funding for Publishing Scotland 2018 to 2021

2 February 2018

On 25 January Creative Scotland announced the network of organisations that will receive Regular Funding for the three-year period, April 2018 to March 2021, following the conclusion of an open application process. The Regular Funding Network 2018-21 consists of 116 organisations, of which 19 are new and 97 (including Publishing Scotland) continue with three-year funding, supported by £99m Grant in Aid funding through a three-year commitment from the Scottish Government, as set out in the recent draft budget statement. See the Creative Scotland press release of 25 January 2018 on its website. 

We are really pleased with the three-year funding decision from Creative Scotland. It was a very competitive process judging by the scope and scale of the many organisations involved in bidding in  - some of whom will be funded for the first time, and some who have lost their funding, so we were not taking it at all for granted that our funds would be renewed. Pleasingly, we have had an uplift which will allow us to pursue more of our international work. From that overall  funding package, we operate three funds and an International Publishing Fellowship, as well as our core activities of marketing, training and bookfairs. Two of the funds are open to Scottish publishers and agents, and the third is for overseas publishers translating Scottish writers, whether published in Scotland or not. The new areas for the next few years will be focused more on international marketing.

Publishing Scotland operates as a trade network and development body, and as an organisation supporting book publishing, we were challenged during this process to meet the strategic aims and objectives of Creative Scotland AND the needs of our publishing membership and wider community, with a programme of work that is relevant and far-reaching. We hope to rise to that challenge in the next few years and would like to publicly thank Creative Scotland for having confidence in us.