Lews Castle

Additional funding for Scottish culture

Rebecca Atkinson, 27.06.2012
Historic Scotland, Creative Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland to benefit
The Scottish government has announced a £11.3m investment in culture over the next three years.

The funding, which was announced as part of a wider £105m package of economic stimulus, will be used on projects that can be started immediately.

Creative Scotland will receive a total of £3m over the next three years for its capital grants programme to local and regional cultural projects. The news comes a day after the agency announced it would delay a funding shakeup following feedback from arts organisations (see below).

Historic Scotland will receive £1.6m over the next two years for the continuing development of Lews Castle on Stornoway. A new museum planned for the castle will display six of the Lewes Chessmen from 2014.
A further £2m has also been made available to Historic Scotland for the wider maintenance of other heritage assets and the National Galleries of Scotland has received £1m to undertake an energy saving maintenance project at the National Gallery.

The National Library of Scotland and the National Records of Scotland have also benefited from the funding, receiving £2.2m and £1.5m respectively.

Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop said the investment would help maintain the country’s cultural assets as well as supporting economic recovery: "This funding for shovel-ready culture and heritage projects will inject growth into the economy, demonstrating how this government – in the face of Westminster economic neglect – is using all the powers we have to create new opportunities for our people."

Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland yesterday responded to feedback to its plans for a funding shakeup that will see 49 organisations losing their regular funding.

The agency last month announced that 49 organisations would have to apply for funding for individual projects from next April. A further 22 organisations would receive annual funding agreements while core funding would be offered to 44 major “foundation” organisations.

Creative Scotland has now announced some adjustments to the changes.

In a statement, Andrew Dixon, director of Creative Scotland, said: “While we remain committed to the overall strategic direction laid out in this plan, we acknowledge that some adjustments would be beneficial. We apologise that this has inadvertently caused anxiety among a number of arts organisations regarding their future.”

It has now agreed to extend funding of the 49 organisations for a further six months, with the changes coming into play next September rather than April.

It will also consider applications for future lottery funding from these 49 organisations as soon as they are ready and undertake consultation with recognised representative bodies from the cultural sector to inform how it deliver strategic commissioning.