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Scottish Book Trust Online Teacher in Residence


The Scottish Book Trust Online Teacher in Residence is an online teaching and CPD resource and programme of events aimed at teachers in Scotland who are interested in creative learning approaches to literature and literacy within the Curriculum for Excellence. 

Working with two practising teachers, Scottish Book Trust is developing a diverse range of online teaching and CPD resources, and an online community where teachers can benefit from:

  • regular CPD resources and events
  • best practice examples
  • shared teaching resources
  • interaction with like-minded colleagues

Teachers are able to connect with the Online Teacher in Residence through a dedicated web space or our national Glow Group.

CPD –FOR TEACHERS ONLY-- on Adaptation with Metaphrog

4.30pm 10th March at Inveralmond Community High School – Free!

Our first CPD session for Online Teacher in Residence is being led by John Chalmers and Sandra Marr from Metaphrog.  They will be exploring aspects of adaptation from traditional narrative literature to graphic novel, looking at First Men on Mercury, Jekyll and Hyde, Coraline, The Metamorphosis and City of Glass.

If you would like to attend the CPD please email otir@scottishbooktrust.com. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.  The event should last about one and a half hours.

Online Teacher in Residence Blog

The Scottish Book Trust Online Teacher in Residence Blog is now up and running with our first post from West Lothian teacher Michael Stephenson.

Opportunities & Funding Sources - Arts & Creativity in Education

The Scottish Arts Council does not operate open funds for education related projects, but rather distributes any funding we receive through various formal and informal sector initiatives.


However, there are a number of funding and grants opportunities for those involved or interested in arts education and creativity in learning.


This section provides links to external and partner sources of funding only. Please browse the funding section of this website for specifically Scottish Arts Council funding opportunities.

The Foyle Foundation

The Foyle Foundation supports charities registered in the UK, the dominant purpose of which is to benefit either Learning, the Arts or Health. Their Arts awards support both the performing and visual arts, with main priorities being

  • To help make the arts more accessible by developing new audiences
  • Supporting tours, festivals and arts educational projects
  • Encouraging new work and supporting young and emerging artists.
  • Building and infrastructure projects to construct new arts facilities, improve or re-equip existing venues will also be considered.

Community arts activity will not generally be supported. The majority of grants will be in the range of £10,000 to £50,000. Applications for less than £10,000 will generally not be accepted. The maximum amount of a large grant will not normally exceed £500,000 and may be payable over several years. No deadlines for submission.

For more information contact:
The Foyle Foundation
Rugby Chambers
2 Rugby Street
Tel: 0207 430 9119
Email: information@foylefoundation.org.uk or visit the Foyle Foundation website

The Ragdoll Foundation

The Ragdoll Foundation’s purpose is to make grants for charitable purposes promoting children’s development through their imaginative thinking and offering creative solutions through the arts dealing with the causes of problems in childhood.

Applications are invited for original projects, in particular, those showing an understanding of how to listen to children and allow the voices of children to be heard. The focus will be mainly on early years, but appropriate projects for older children will also be considered. A range of grants from £500 upwards are available. 

The foundation meets three times a year to consider applications and full details can be found on the Ragdoll Foundation website.

Ragdoll Foundation
Timothy's Bridge Road
Stratford Upon Avon
Warwickshire CV37 9QN
Tel: 07977 916969
Email: karenn@ragdollfoundation.org.uk

Scottish Arts Council Young Scot Action Fund

The Scottish Arts Council and Young Scot have teamed up to offer young people the opportunity to follow artistic dreams and fund creative talents!

Do you know young people who need a grant to:

  • Travel to an audition
  • Publicise a youth orchestra performance
  • Hire space to choreograph new work
  • Purchase props for a show
  • Buy some gig equipment
  • Put on an exhibition?

This new fund will be called the Scottish Arts Council Young Scot Action Fund and it will be able to award £200 to individuals or £750 to groups of young people aged 26 and under.

You can download the Action Fund application form or email Young Scot at arts@youngscot.org for a hard copy of the form, or if you have any questions about the fund and the application. If you'd rather use the old trombone then ring 0131 313 2488.

Young Roots Heritage Fund

Young Roots is the Heritage Lottery Fund’s grant programme dedicated to young people. Run in partnership with YouthLink Scotland, the scheme puts young people firmly in the project driving seat. The Young Roots scheme is targeted at young people aged between 13 - 20 (or 13 - 25 for young people with additional support needs) and offers grants of between £5,000 and £25,000. Through the Young Roots fund the Heritage Lottery Fund has supported a diverse variety of projects including:

• Plays based on historical events
• Interpretations of historical themes through radio, film, DVD and websites
• Explorations of culture, language and traditions
• The building of replica boats, costumes and other artefacts
• Arts activities where they depict or interpret heritage themes

For further information and advice email the Development Team at Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland Office, telephone on 0131 225 9450 or visit  the Heritage Lottery Fund website.  There are no deadlines for this fund.

KPMG Foundation funding

The KPMG Foundation was established in October 2001, and has a capital sum of £10 million. The focus of the Foundation is on education and social projects for the disadvantaged and under privileged, with particular emphasis on unlocking the potential of children and young people, up to 30 years of age, who for primarily social reasons have not fulfilled their educational potential. In particular, the trustees have chosen to support four very distinct groups within this broad umbrella of 'disadvantage'. Those groups are:

  • Refugees
  • Young offenders
  • Children and young people who have been in care
  • Children and young people with dyslexia/literacy difficulties

The Foundation considers applications for the General Grants programme once a year. For more information please visit the KPMG website.

Young Scot Arts Information Line

Young Scot, the national youth agency for Scotland, has just launched a new phone line and website providing young adults with fast, free access to information on arts and culture. The info line can guide young people through key areas of arts and culture within their local community, as well as career and funding opportunities.

Launched in 2005, the Young Scot Info Line already offers 16-26 year olds help and advice on a range of topics, from personal finance to bullying, travel and sexual health - and now the arts has been added to their remit.

tel. 0808 801 0338 - lines are open Monday–Friday from 12noon to 8pm.
Or visit the Young Scot Website

The Scottish Community Foundation

The Scottish Community Foundation administors a number of funds and grants which focus on helping individuals and communities better themselves. A number of these funds are either arts or education-focussed.

You can browse their website and list of funds for more details.





Alford Academy Multi Cultural Day 2005; Photo: J McEwan
Queen Frog's Wedding rehearsal; Photo: Mike Bolam
Oral History Project, Aberdeen; Photo: Kate Sutherland
Dancers waiting at Dancebase; Photo: Michael Wolchover
Symbolic Spaces project, Drongan Primary; Photo: Brian Green
Queen Frog's Wedding performance; Photo: Mike Bolam
Wiggle & Giggle, Giant Productions; Photo: Giant Productions
Alford Academy Multi Cultural Day 2005; Photo: J McEwan
Hazlewood School panel by Stephen Bird; Photo: Stephen Bird
Scottish Chinese Fusion; Photo: Glasgow City Council
Children's artwork of the conductor; Photo: SCO
Space Invaders; Photo: West Dunbartonshire Council
Space Invaders; Photo: West Dunbartonshire Council
Kinloch Academy Show Choir: Photo: John Forrester
Symbolic Spaces project, Drongan Primary; Photo: Brian Green
Space Invaders; Photo: West Dunbartonshire Council
Fatal Attraction, Young Scot; Photo: Steve Godfrey
Citymoves - dance space; Photo: Graham McIver
Space Invaders; Photo: West Dunbartonshire Council
Edinburgh International Book Festival; Photo: Pascal Saez
School Visit at Talbot Rice Gallery; Photo: Talbot Rice Gallery
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