Apply for the Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund

Creative Scotland’s 'Nurturing Talent – Time to Shine Fund' aims to support the creative ideas and ambitions of young people aged 11 to 25.

What is the Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund?

It's a fund designed by young people for young people and aims to support young people’s creative ideas and ambitions, no matter whether they have lots of experience or they’re just developing their interest in the arts.

Who can apply for funding?

Any young person living in Scotland who is aged 11 to 25 can apply for funding from the Nurturing Talent Fund.

You can apply on your own or as part of a group. If you're applying as part of a group, most of the members of the group should be between 11 to 25 years old, and you'll be asked to provide the names and ages of all of the group members on the application form.

How much funding could you receive?

You can apply for any amount between £50 and £1000.

Your application should be led and written by you as far as possible. If someone over the age of 25 has helped you with your application form, please state who this was, what they helped you with and if there were any special reasons they helped you with the form.

The amount you apply for won’t influence the outcome of your application. If your whole project can't be funded, you may still be awarded some of the money you apply for.

What can you get funding for?

The fund aims to support young artists to create something that’s important to them and celebrate young people’s current talents, interests, engagement and development in arts and creativity in Scotland.

Application Deadlines

The Nurturing Talent Fund was created by and is managed by the National Youth Arts Advisory Group (NYAAG) - a group of young people aged 14-23 from across Scotland who advocate for youth arts in Scotland.

Nurturing Talent Fund decision making panels are held three times a year. The deadline dates for this year of the fund will be:

  • 6th December 2020
  • 14th March 2021
  • 6th June 2021

Apply for Funding Now

You can complete the embedded application form below or fill it out online via SurveyGizmo.

You can also download the application form as a Word document.

You can send it to us via email on, or contact us to request a postal application or another format.

Apply by Video

If you'd like to send a video application in, please make sure to include your answers to the following questions:

  • Describe your project in a sentence or two
  • Tell us a bit more about your project - what will you do, how will you do it and why do you want to do it?
  • What difference will the project make to you, your group or your community?
  • Is there anything making it difficult for you to do your project?
  • When do you expect your project to start?
  • When do you expect your project to end? (please give an approximate date if unknown)

Applicants submitting a video application also need to submit a written application form with the About You, Budget, Referees, Signatures and Parent or Guardian Consent (if applicant is under 16) sections completed.

Video applications should be sent as a file or a link to

Providing Referees

Referees are people who know you and support your application. We need two referees to tell us why they support your application and any help they may be able to give you to do your project. One of these people can be a family member, carer or guardian.

Bank Details

We also need you to send us a recent bank statement (from the last three months) from the person whose bank account the funding will be paid into if your project is awarded funding. You can either send us a copy of a statement or a clearly legible photo along with your application form.

Please make sure the bank statement clearly shows:

  • the name of account holder,
  • the account number, and
  • the sort code.

Any applications submitted that do not contain all of the above will not be considered.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund, get in touch with the Young Scot team on:


Thank you for applying to the Nurturing Talent Fund – good luck!

Find out more about the National Youth Arts Advisory Group (NYAAG).

Head to the Get Involved page for more opportunities to volunteer and take part in projects across Scotland.