Mandate Climate Action Fund

SCAN and Engage Scotland want to support our members in making change. The Mandate Climate Action Fund aims to support our members with training, adaptation or creative activities to support sustainability.

The scheme supports the joint advocacy actions that we undertake to drive forward the Visual Arts Manifesto.

Run in partnership with Engage Scotland, we will consider applications for:

  • Undertaking training with a sustainability or climate action focus
  • Creative Activity which supports sustainability
  • Purchase of equipment or materials that support climate adaptation in your work or creative practice

The scheme will provide successful applicants with support of up to £500 for training, events or creative activity or up to £250 for materials, equipment or adaptation.

Attending training or events

Training or event costs up to £300
Up to £200 towards sustainable travel and overnight accommodation

Creative Activity

Up to £500 for creative activities, including materials and artists fees


Up to £250 for materials, equipment or adaptations to make your work more sustainable.

Additional funding for childcare and access support is available, please let us know if this is needed.

If you are successful we will ask you:

To evidence your expenditure

To complete a short feedback form so that we can share your activity with our wider networks and further develop our ongoing campaigning and advocacy.

To help us share on social media posts by the Mandate team (SCAN/Engage), by providing quotes and images where relevant.

Who can apply?

All members of Engage based in Scotland and named members of Scottish Contemporary Art Network. Applicants are responsible for their own tax and National Insurance contributions.

We encourage applications from people at all stages of their careers and from under-represented groups and communities.

How to apply

Please complete the attached application form and submit by email to [email protected] by 12pm on November 29.

How will applications be assessed?

Representatives of SCAN and Engage Scotland will meet to check applications are eligible and meet the stated criteria.
In the event of us receiving more applications than we can fund priority will be given to:

  • applicants working in an independent or freelance capacity
  • applicants from underrepresented groups
  • those who have a strong case for how their activity will help meet sustainability goals

How will the funds be paid?

Our preferred method of payment is by BACS in two instalments. The first instalment will cover any advance costs and the second instalment will be paid after the event and submission of your report. We will send you a payment form to give us your BACS details.

International Events

We regret that whilst we can support attendance at events across the UK we are unable to support international trips at this point.

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Funders of this project

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  • Engage Scotland
  • Creative Scotland