The Co-op Local Community Fund is our way of giving back to our members and their communities.

Co-op members get 1% of everything they spend on Co-op products to give to a local cause that matters to them.

You can now apply to be one of these causes for the next round of funding, running from April to September 2017.

We’re looking for 3 projects in each of around 1,500 local communities across the UK. We’ll choose projects led by small, locally based organisations that:

  • benefit the local community centred around Co-op food stores and funeral homes
  • have the greatest possible benefit to their community
  • make maximum use of the amount of funding available


Aberdeen City PB

December 15, 2016

U Decide is a new development linked to Locality Planning, to generate ideas and allocate funding in Aberdeen.  This approach is called Participatory Budgeting (PB) which directly involves local people in making decisions about how public money is spent in their community.PB was first introduced in Brazil in 1989 and its tools and principles are now used in many places across the world, including the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.PB aims to engage residents, community groups and representatives from all parts of the community to discuss priorities, make spending proposals that will benefit the community or solve a particular issue, and then to vote on them.

Source: Aberdeen City PB

Deadline: 24 June 2016 at 17:00Look & Learn will support emerging artists and young creatives from Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to realise their ideas and create new work in the North East through a programme of practical training and mentoring. This project is a partnership between the Creative Learning Team, SMART and Robert Gordon University’s LOOK AGAIN Visual Art & Design Festival is funded by Youth Arts Collective North East and Aberdeen City Council. We invite applications from emerging artists and designers, who wish to build on their creative practice and develop facilitation and coaching skills with support from inspiring experienced lead practitioners. These emerging artists and designers will develop and lead on aspects of a micro–residency programme for aspiring younger creatives (ages 16-19 years) through the following stages:- Research, develop and produce new works, collectively and individually, inspired by Aberdeen’s city archive- Devise and lead on a creative skills programme for ten aspiring younger creatives in Aberdeen, with support from the experienced Lead Artist and Designer- Support those ten aspiring younger creatives to gain facilitation skills to pass on their creative skills through art workshops in relevant youth settings- ‘Sharing the Learning’ –present a range of creative work produced during the programme in collaboration with the younger creatives Skills and experience required: – Ambitious, high-quality contemporary creative practice – Ability to research source material and apply this in a creative and contemporary way – Ability to work collaboratively at planning and production stages- An imaginative and flexible approach – Experience of, or interest in working with young people in creative or other relevant youth settings- Ability to reflect and review, tailoring the programme to identified needs- Presentation skills, be able to communicate to a high standardFreelance fee for the project is £1,500 including expenses (around 10 days project delivery Aug–Nov 2016).Please apply in writing with the following information: – Personal Statement (max 1,000 words) detailing your interest in and suitability for the role- CV (2 sides max ) – Supporting documentation of previous work (total files must not exceed 5Mb)Send your application to with the subject heading Emerging Artist or Emerging Designer. Interviews will be held in Aberdeen on 20 JulyLocation: Aberdeen City, AberdeenshireFor further information, please contact (, or call 01224 611161,The deadline is Friday 24 June 2016 at 17:00.

Source: Emerging Artists & Designers Programme (4 Roles)

New Children’s Marketing Competition: Open for Entries Now

As part of The Bookseller’s Children’s Conference, we’re launching a new competition to find the most inventive marketing and publicity campaigns in children’s and Young Adult publishing. We’re happy to announce that we’re officially open for entries now!

The judging panel will be looking for innovation, creativity and commercial awareness. The campaign can be for a children’s print or digital book, from board books to YA, fiction or non-fiction. The competition is also open to imprints, new platforms, or groups of books as well as new titles.

The Children’s Marketing Competition is open only to companies with delegates attending the Bookseller Children’s Conference at Milton Court, London. Delegates who have already signed up are eligible to enter. To book your conference tickets, visit the webpage now.

Winners will get the chance to present their campaign at the Children’s Conference on 29th September. They will also receive advertising spend with The Bookseller.

The overall winner will receive £2,000 to spend on print or digital advertising with The Bookseller. The two runners-up will each receive £1,500 ad spend. One of the runner-up prizes is reserved for a low or no-budget campaign. Low or no-budget campaigns are also eligible to win the overall prize.

The winner of the Audience Award, voted for at the conference, will receive £500 ad spend.

The marketing campaign must have gone live between 1st September 2014 and 1st August 2015. Publication dates are not taken into account. Companies may submit two campaigns each.
Deadline for submissions: Wednesday 16th September 2015. Entries received after this date will not be considered.

Location: England

For further information, please contact or visit

The deadline is Wednesday 16 September 2015 at 17:00.

via Creative Scotland : Children’s Publishing Marketing Competition.

Nurturing Talent – Time to Shine Fund in Learning

Creative Scotland’s ‘Nurturing Talent – Time to Shine Fund’ aims to support young people aged 14-20…

Are you interested in developing your skills in one of the following areas?





Visual Arts


Digital Arts

Sometimes creative talent needs a little bit of financial help to reach its full potential.

Whatever your creative passion, look no further than the Young Scot and Creative Scotland’s Nurturing Talent – Time to Shine Fund.

Who can apply?

Anyone aged 14-20, living in Scotland. Individuals can apply for up to £200 in funding while groups of two or more people can apply for up to £750.

Applications from professional arts organisations will not be accepted.

Can I apply for funding on behalf of an organisation?

Only if it can be clearly demonstrated that you, as an individual or a group, are the key decision maker and planner of a one-off artistic development project or initiative.

What kind of thing can I apply for?

The fund provides financial support to help nurture talent in a number ways. From recording a demo with your band, to putting on an exhibition of your own artwork, and lots more in between.

For more info on what you can get funding for check out the application guidance notes linked in the related section at the bottom of this page.

For more information on what you can get funding for, check out the application guidance notes.

How do I apply?

You can complete an application form online, download the printable application form, or call the Young Scot Infoline for free on 0808 801 0338 to request an application by post.

The next deadlines for applications in 2015 are:

June 14th

August 23rd

October 18th

December 13th

Please note that you must send us a recent bank statement and include references when submitting your application.

More information can be found in the Application Guidance Notes.

Once you’ve completed the application form…

Email it:

Post it:

Young Scot

Freepost EH1 077


EH12 0BR

Applications are assessed by a Grants Panel comprising of young people from the National Youth Arts Advisory Group and staff from Young Scot and Creative Scotland.

via Information about applying for funding from Time to Shine | Young Scot.

Made in Aberdeen 2015

April 3, 2015

Aberdeen City Council is committed to supporting the development of arts and culture in the city. The concept of ‘Made in Aberdeen’ is tied to the recognition that the city is home to a wealth of creative and artistic talent but that both the support and profile of this needs developed. The ‘Made in Aberdeen’ initiative aim to both increase the support for, and profile of, this talent; It is about having confidence in the city’s creative individuals, about nurturing and supporting our talent and finding new ways of showcasing it to a much wider local, national and international audience.

Made in Aberdeen includes the following support initiatives:

Artists’ Bursaries

Artists’ Commissions

Emerging Talent Prize

Made In Aberdeen Films

Artists’ Bursaries – Open for  Application

Five awards of up to £2,000  available to artists working in any art form, to support create, develop and/or present new work , participate in development opportunities such as residencies or training courses, facilitate new collaborations to support artistic development and experimentation.

Guidelines and applications are available for download below or alternatively can be requested by emailing or calling (01224) 522341.

The deadline for applications will be midnight Thursday 30th April 2015.

Made in Aberdeen Artists’ Bursaries Guidelines 2015

Made In Aberdeen Artists’ Bursaries Application Form


Last year’s supported artists included dancer and choreographer Katie Milroy, performer Lesley-Ann Hastie, designer Mhairi McDowell, musician Frauke Jurgensen and musician and composer Simon Gall. Simon who received support to develop a new North East influenced music project ‘Clype’ said of the award,

“The Made in Aberdeen bursary brought this project into existence. I had had an initial seed idea for a while but had no financial resources to develop it so it never grew into anything.

It (the award) enabled me to get the sound I was looking for through enlisting the musical services of the wonderful Jonny Hardie. It also meant that I could take my time in the studio to focus on creating quality music rather taking shortcuts”



Artists’ Commissions

Information on the commissioning process coming soon.

Emerging Talent Prize

The Emerging Talent Prize was established in 2013 and aspires to recognise, celebrate and support emerging local cultural and creative talent. The Prize comes with a commission up to the value of £5000 to create and present a new piece of work in any art form and, for those who are nominated, a professional development bursary of £1000. The winner of the 2013 Emerging Talent Prize was Visual Artist Amber Robertson.

Information on the 2014 will be available later in the year.


Made in Aberdeen Emerging Talent Prize winner Amber Robertson with Valerie Watts, Chief Executive of Aberdeen City Council

Made In Aberdeen Films

A series of short documentaries, highlighting some of the many talented artists and creative facilitators currently working in Aberdeen. These films created by University of Aberdeen students, will be shown alongside future feature film presentations at the Belmont Picturehouse, raising awareness of both the artists and cultural vibrancy of the city. Made in Aberdeen films have been produced by the Belmont Picturehouse in partnership with the University of Aberdeen and Aberdeen City Council. To watch the films, visit the Made in Aberdeen Films site.


Who we Support

For information regarding individual award allocations supported by Aberdeen City Council’s 2014 Cultural investment programmes; Made in Aberdeen Artists Bursaries, Diamond Jubilee Commonwealth Travel Bursary and the Aberdeen Visual Artists and Craft Makers Awards (in partnership with Creative Scotland), please click here.

via Made in Aberdeen.

ACC Cultural Awards 2015

March 20, 2015

Cultural Awards

Aberdeen City Council is committed to supporting the development of arts and culture in the city. Whether it’s the intrinsic value of creating or the social, educational and economic benefits of cultural activity and events, its fundamental role in our everyday lives is clear and recognised. In order to support the development of, and access to, high quality arts and culture activity, the Council, in addition to its core funding, have three main funding programmes available; Project Grants, Creative Spaces Grants and Artists Bursaries. So if you are an arts organisation, community group or an artist in any art-form, please read the summaries below to find out if there is a suitable funding programme for you.

* Project Funding 2015 – 2nd Application Window Opens March 23rd *


This Project Grants programme is open to proposals from arts organisations or community groups for any type of arts and culture project. Be it a community arts workshop, a heritage trail, a networking event or a visual arts exhibition, all proposals will be considered provided the core criteria is met. Funding of up to £10,000 is available and the next application window will open on March 23rd with a deadline of 9am on April 27th 2015. Applicants  to this application window will be notified of the outcome on June 5th.  To find out more, please download the guidelines and application form below.

Cultural Awards Application Form (2015)

Cultural Awards Project Funding Guidelines (2015)

Available Support for Applicants


if you are interested in applying for funding and have any questions or require support in regards to the application process, criteria or event to develop your project, there is support available. You may contact us via email or telephone at anytime, while a series of one to one advice sessions for the second application window will be announced soon.

Made In Aberdeen – supporting individuals

The ‘Made in Aberdeen’ programme supports and profiles individual artists based in Aberdeen. The aim of this programme is to demonstrate confidence in the city’s creative individuals, to nurture and support our talent and find new ways of showcasing it to a much wider local, national and international audience.

The Made in Aberdeen includes the following support initiatives:

Artists’ Bursaries

Artists’ Commissions

Emerging Talent Prize

Made In Aberdeen Films

For more information on the Made In Aberdeen initiative and associated funding programmes please click on the link below.

Made in Aberdeen home page

Existing Award Recipients

All current award recipients can download copies of the reporting templates below.

Cultural Awards 2015 – Progress Report Template

Cultural Awards 2015 – Final Report Template


Culture & Sport Branding Guidelines

Aberdeen City Council Logo

Vibrant Aberdeen Logo


We are happy to offer any support that is required to develop and submit your application so if you have any questions or would like to meet with a member of the Cultural Awards Team please do not hesitate to contact us.

Email –

Telephone – (01224) 522 341

via Cultural Awards.

A Massive List of Spring 2015 Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About.

Go and see: Venice Biennale 2015

a-n is offering bursaries of £400 for artists to visit the 56th Venice Biennale during the 6-8 May preview week. This unique opportunity places artists at the heart of the art world, alongside curators, collectors, critics and producers.

bursary go and see

a-n The Artists Information Company is offering bursaries of £400 to enable artists to attend the preview of Venice Biennale to benefit from the networking and professional development opportunity.

It’s a chance for a-n Artist members to see all the great work whilst progressing their careers by networking with the many UK and international curators, artists and arts leaders who’ll be there navigating the pavilions, previews and functions during 6-8 May 2015.

a-n’s contribution towards the costs of attending intends to make such visits affordable to artists for whom cost can be a barrier, helping to support equality of opportunity.

a-n’s bursary schemes are part of its commitment to professional development provision within a programme that includes information and networking sessions and seminar programmes, online toolkits and expert guides.

Applications accepted from now and up to 12 noon Wed 25 Feb 2015.

Aim: to enable artists to attend the preview of Venice Biennale to take advantage of the networking and professional development opportunities.

Eligibility: Emerging or mid-career visual artists who are permanently based in the UK and hold a current a-n Artist membership.


Students undertaking an undergraduate course.

Artists within 24 months of completing an undergraduate course.

Artists who have received any bursary from a-n in the last 12 months.

Artists who received a Go and see: Venice bursary in 2013.


The reporting requirement for bursary recipients is either to self-post a review of at least one Biennale exhibit on a-n Reviews or to self-post a blog report on a-n Blogs by a date that will be specified in the offer to successful applicants. This approach to reporting is designed to both increase visibility for the artists themselves beyond the biennial whilst widening access to and knowledge of the biennial to many others across the visual arts. We will also be programming coverage of Venice Biennale on a-n News and it may be that your writing is re-presented there or that you are commissioned separately to write for a-n News.

How to apply

Download an application form to provide the following information:

Why is this bursary opportunity crucial to your artistic development? (200 words)

How might your network of peers benefit from your participation in the bursary? (200 words)

Budget showing the contribution our bursary will make.

Name and contact details for an arts professional or established artist who knows your work well enough to recommend you for this bursary.

Your contact details including telephone, email, postal details.

Sending your application

Send the following 3 pdf files to :

Your application form saved as a pdf (with your name in title eg Fred_Bloggs_Bursary_Application)

Your up-to-date CV including links to relevant websites (in 1 pdf file)

A completed equality and disability monitoring form (in 1 pdf file)

Applications accepted from now and up to 12 noon Wed 25 Feb 2015.

Do not send large files (maximum is 1Mb) as these may not be delivered to our email box. (We ask for files to be in pdf format as this reduces the size when sending). Do not send files in other formats or include image files as these will not be taken forward to assessment.


In submitting an application you confirm that you meet the eligibility criteria (set out above) and are not excluded by any of the exclusions (set out above).

In order to preserve as much money for bursaries, a-n can’t respond to requests for advice in shaping applications or queries about the terms or eligibility criteria.

Applications from those who do not hold a current a-n Artist membership will not be considered.

Applications which we receive after the deadline will not be considered.

We advise not leaving the sending of your application to the last day as the volume of applications may fill up the email box and prevent receipt of your application, meaning it will not be assessed.

The decision to award or not is at the discretion of a-n The Artists Information Company.

Your application will be treated as confidential by a-n and its assessor.

There is a reporting back obligation on bursary recipients, designed to increase visibility for the bursary artists themselves within the artists’ community whilst widening access to and knowledge of Venice Biennale to many others across the visual arts.

via Go and see: Venice Biennale 2015 « a-n The Artists Information Company.

The International Twinning Budget is grant money to help support Aberdeen City groups or organisations in twin city projects and exchanges.

The money for the International Twinning Budget comes from the Common Good Fund and applications must meet our criteria as stated here and on the guidelines for completing the application. Grants of up to £7,000 are available and applications can be submitted throughout the year.

If you are an Aberdeen City organisation, group or individual interesting in developing or beginning a twin city project and meet with the criteria, please download the application, supporting guidance and equal opportunities monitoring form. Printed copies of these can also be requested by Contact Us.

Upon completion of your project you will also be required to complete a Twinning Grant Final Report – this is available to download opposite.

via Visit Aberdeen – Twin City Project Funding.