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Access All Arts Fund 

Unlock Your Creative Potential!

We are looking for children and young people who are passionate about access to the creative arts to help us deliver the Access All Arts Fund

Join the Access All Arts Fund Panel

The Access All Arts Fund is an exciting project to help support children and young people access creative arts opportunities.

We believe the arts (things like drawing and painting, making music, creative writing and acting) are for everyone. Creative activities like these are great fun and they can help people express themselves and support them to feel good.

But we know many young people face barriers to art and creativity, including disability, poverty, and poor mental health. We want this fund to help overcome these barriers, but we need your help.

We’re looking for children and young people aged 11-25 to join our panel. If you are passionate about children and young people’s access to the arts, we’d love to hear from you! We are particularly keen to hear from young people who’ve experienced their own barriers to enjoying creative activities.

How will I take part?

We will be running 5-6 workshops between June and December. These meetings will be a mix of online and in person, where possible, and we’ll work together to make changes to the existing Fund, relaunch it and choose which projects to fund.

You’ll help us work out how we can reach out to more children and young people and how we can share the stories of some of the young people who receive funding.

You don’t need any previous experience. Passion matters more than experience, and we’ll be here to help you at every step of the way.

More information

How can I apply?

All you need to do is return the Application and Consent Form to Dana at by 12pm on Monday 4 July 2022 to let us know you would like to be involved.

If you want more information or have any questions about the project, please get in touch with Dana (  

History of the Access All Arts Fund


In 2021, Children in Scotland supported a group of children and young people to design the Access All Arts Fund.

The fund was created as part of Creative Scotland’s Nurturing Talent Fund: New Routes programme to support more children and young people with additional support needs or a disability to apply for arts-related funding to explore their creative passions.

The fund was open between 11 August - 13 September 2021 and received 235 applications from children and young people aged between 11 - 26 years old. In November 2021, Children in Scotland distributed £68,000 to children and young people across Scotland. The funded projects included a broad range of activities including visual art, music, film and TV, and creative writing.

Please click here to read the final project report

The report includes key learning from the project as well as art and testimonials from children and young people who received funding. The report also includes recommendations for widening opportunities for children and young people to access the arts.

Children in Scotland would like to thank the young design panel (Anna, Gaëlle, Isaac and Ryan), for their hard work and commitment in delivering year one of the fund.

A cartoon drawing of ballet shoes, drama mask, a microphone and a pencil and notebook. The Access All Arts Fund logo in the centre.

Access All Arts Fund Project Year 1 Report

Final report summarising the activity of the fund.

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Partner: Creative Scotland

The Access All Arts Fund is part of Creative Scotland's Nurturing Talent Fund New Route Programme.

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Recipients of Youth Arts Funding announced

Children in Scotland was chosen to deliver a Nurturing Talent Fund that responds to the needs of young disabled artists

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