Creative Fund Now Open

Ainslie Henderson – Stems, funded in 2014


Puppet Animation Scotland champions puppetry, visual theatre and animated film. To support this mission, we run the Creative Fund.

Scottish-based artists over the age of 18 of whatever discipline (theatre, dance, sound, film, spoken-word, visual arts, etc…) can apply to the Creative Fund to explore elements of their creative and technical working practices which relate integrally to puppetry, visual theatre and animated film, or any combination of these art forms.

We welcome applications which articulate clearly and concisely how specific, time-limited research and development will enable you to explore a new, vital, exciting creative concept and/or enable you to enhance your current working practices and learning.

What we fund:

  • Exciting ideas
  • Submissions from artists and companies at all stages of their careers
  • Proposals from established artists who wish to develop their existing skills sets in new and intriguing ways
  • Your time, and the time of your collaborators, to begin research and development of new creative ideas
  • Professional training opportunities, in the UK or abroad, which will help you to develop your current technical knowledge and expertise further
  • Artists’ fees – we expect all personnel involved in your project, including yourself, to be remunerated at minimum industry rates
  • Rehearsal space hire
  • Technical and equipment costs or hire, where these relate closely to the successful exploration of your creative ideas or the gaining of specific skills and expertise
  • Master class and workshop fees, and related travel, accommodation and per diem costs


What we do not fund:

  • Applications which do not place puppetry, visual theatre and/or animated film at the centre of creative exploration or skills development
  • Costs which relate in any way to a full puppetry production or completed film
  • An artist’s or organisation’s on-going running costs

For 2019-2020 Puppet Animation Scotland will award £12,000. The maximum you can apply for is £5,000.

The closing date for submissions is Monday 22 April 2019, 12.00pm. We will not accept applications after this date and time.

Successful applicants will be informed by Monday 13 May 2019, by 5.00pm.

Projects may start at any time up to 6 months after Monday 1 July 2019.

You can see the work of previous recipients, along with testimonies of how the Fund helped their practice, on our Creative Fund page.

Application Forms can be downloaded at the bottom of this post.

Applications should be emailed to as PDFs. We will acknowledge receipt of all applications.


If you require the application in another format, or require support or assistance when applying, please contact us 0131 341 4314, or via the email address above. All applicants must also fill in an Equalities Monitoring Form which will be sent to you on receipt of your application.

Following the Selection Panel’s decisions, Puppet Animation Scotland’s Artistic Director will meet with each successful applicant to ensure that the aims and outcomes they have identified for their project have the best possible chance of being achieved.

Tortoise in a Nutshell – Grit, funded in 2012


Puppet Animation Scotland is a strong advocate of Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process (CRP), an internationally-recognised flexible and supportive framework within which artists can work with confidence and imagination to receive useful and informed feedback from their peers during a work-in-progress event, which can then facilitate further creative development and understanding.

An important element of successful Creative Fund applications is their articulation of how an artist plans to gather and review their thoughts about what they have achieved – or not – during this initial development period. We advocate strongly that CRP offers an effective, light-tough means of summation, however its use not always appropriate. If you have an alternative process which will enable you to gather useful information about what you have accomplished – or not – and why, then we would like to hear about it. The important thing is that you describe clearly how you will evaluate the success – or otherwise – of this period of research and development.

If you plan to use CRP, please include £200 in your budget to cover the costs of a session. More information about CRP can be found on our website ( or that of the Federation of Scottish Theatre ( The Artistic Director will also be happy to answer any and all questions you have about CRP.


Creative Fund Guidelines and Application Form for 2019-2020

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