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Aims for developing Scotland’s arts infrastructure

The National Lottery Funded Scottish Arts Council Capital Programme has achieved great success in delivering artistic opportunities for communities across Scotland.  We have made almost 1,000 capital awards and over £167,000,000 of lottery funds have been invested since 1995 in the development of the arts infrastructure of Scotland.

While the large projects we have funded grab the headlines, the overwhelming majority of projects we fund receive grants of less than £100,000. Of the 971 awards made since 1995, 646 awards have been for £50,000 or less.


Through these 971 awards, many exciting developments have been funded which include:

Exterior City Halls Glasgow, Photo : GCE Large buildings projects like Dance Base in Edinburgh, City Halls in Glasgow, and the Pier Arts Centre in Orkney as well as smaller buildings like the Little Theatre in Nairn, and the Birnam Institute in Perthshire.

Screen Machine 2 open for business; Photo: HI~Arts Ground breaking projects like Screen Machine and Screen Machine Take 2 which are bringing touring cinema to the Highlands and Islands.

Tuba blowing at Buckhaven and Methill Brass Band Equipment like musical instruments for bands and orchestras, vehicles for touring theatre groups, sound and lighting equipment to enable local drama groups to increase the quality and range of their performances

Hidden Gardens Glasgow, Light Circles, photo: Scotish Arts Council Public artworks like those in the Tyrebagger Forest in Aberdeenshire, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, and those outside the little village of Dailly in South Ayrshire as well the Hidden Gardens in Glasgow, and Sanctuary in Edinburgh's Royal Infirmary

Royal Aberdeen Childrens Hospital, Scots Pine, Dalziel and Scullion
Eid at Hidden Gardens Glasgow
Primary Space, Lawthorn Primary School, North Ayrshire; Photo: Andrew Leitch
Puppet Lab at MacRobert, Stirling; Photo: Andrew Leitch
Dancers at The Space, Dundee; Photo: Andrew Leitch
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