Edinburgh Performing Arts Development (EPAD) and Creative Edinburgh have opened the second round of applications for their Practice Support Fund for freelance artists, technicians and creatives working in Edinburgh’s creative industries.
The purpose of the Practice Support Fund is to provide money that goes directly to supporting artists, technicians and creatives to sustain their practice in practical ways. This could include purchasing equipment, hiring a studio space, receiving payment to research and write a funding application, or covering caring costs whilst working.
The fund has been made possible by the City of Edinburgh Council as a one-off response to the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on Edinburgh’s freelancers, as highlighted in EPAD’s Covid-impact report. Anyone working professionally as a freelancer within the arts and creative industries and living in the City of Edinburgh Council area is eligible to apply for a small grant of up to £500.
Applications are funded on a non-competitive basis, meaning that applications are selected at random if the amount of funds requested exceeds the amount available in any one round. The decision-making process is co-ordinated by a panel of representatives from EPAD and Creative Edinburgh, with independent creatives invited to attend each selection meeting to ensure that due process is followed.
The first round of the Freelance Creatives Practice Support Fund took place in January, with 225 applications submitted and £13,250 awarded.
Applications for the second round of applications are open now and close on 22nd February 2021.
If you any questions about the Freelance Creatives Practice Support Fund contact firstname.lastname@example.org.