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Funding Opportunities

Fèis Rois is committed to supporting musicians and creative practitioners, including through funding opportunities where possible. Open project calls will be posted here when they are available.

Small Grants Scheme: Folk and Traditional Music

The Youth Arts Small Grants Scheme is part of a Scottish Government Covid-19 Funding Package to support the arts, administered by Creative Scotland. Creative Scotland have devolved this fund to 18 organisations in Scotland. The strand of the fund being managed by Fèis Rois is open to freelance musicians living anywhere in Scotland and working in folk and traditional music. The grants aim to create work opportunities for freelance musicians and to provide arts activities for children and young people, especially those most affected by Covid-19.

Applicants can apply for between £500 – £5,000 to devise and deliver projects with young people. The overall budget for this fund is £40,000. If your application is successful, 90% of your award will be paid when you return your signed contract and 10% will be paid on submission of the final project report.

The Youth Arts Small Grants Scheme aims to support children and young people in a range of priority groups. This includes young people:

  • living in poverty or areas of social and economic deprivation
  • experiencing or at risk of experiencing harm and neglect
  • who are looked after or are care leavers
  • in the early years (0-5) of their life 
  • from Black and/or Minority Ethnic backgrounds 
  • who have a disability and/or additional support needs 
  • at risk of offending or have previously offended
  • who are young carers and/or young parents
  • experiencing or at risk of homelessness, or who have been homeless 
  • experiencing mental ill health

Key Dates

Friday, 29th January 2021: Fund Opens
Sunday, 14th March 2021, midnight: Fund Closes
Monday, 22nd March 2021: Panel meets
No later than Friday 26th March: Decisions are communicated to applicants
Monday, 29th March: Funds distributed

26th April 2021: Earliest start date for projects
21st March 2022: Project to be completed and final report to be submitted

The panel will be made up of:

Fiona Dalgetty, Chief Executive at Fèis Rois
Siobhan Anderson, Music Officer at Creative Scotland
Ruairidh Gollan, Musician
Julie Fowlis, Musician

How to apply:

You can download the application form, guidance and equalities monitoring form below. Please ensure that you have read the Small Grants Guidance carefully before completing the form.

Please submit your completed application to:

Christian Gamauf

Alternative formats, languages and access support

Fèis Rois is committed to supporting applications in other formats. If you need to apply for funds in an alternative format, or you need support to make your application please contact:

Christian Gamauf
+44 (0)7554 866257

Funding Q&A

In advance of the 14th March deadline, we want to give potential applications the chance to have an informal chat and Q&A session about the application process and guidelines, chat about project ideas you might want feedback on, or to ask about any other aspects of the fund.

The Q&A will take place on March 2nd on Zoom, and we will be running two sessions: one from 3-4pm, and another from 7-8pm. The sessions are free to attend but places are limited. Please email Christian Gamauf at projects@feisrois.org to book your place as soon as you can, and indicate which of the two sessions you want to book.

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