Create18 Opens for Young People


A new fund, Create18, has opened for young people to stage events as part of the Year of Young People 2018 celebrations.

Developed by our delivery partners, EventScotland and Young Scot, young people aged 8-26 will be able to develop their skills and apply for up to £1,000 to plan and host events in their local community. By equipping young people with the tools to develop their ideas, Create18 aims to challenge the negative perception of young people and tackle subjects such as equality and discrimination.

Events ideas could be anything from film festivals, gigs, theatre and dance performances, to art exhibitions, sports competitions, and nature trails – we can’t wait to hear young people’s ideas! A group of young people, supported by Young Scot, will decide on how the funding is spent.

Young people can apply via the Young Scot website, click here.  Application deadline for Funding Round 1 closes on Monday 21 August at 5pm.

Mark McDonald, MSP, Minister for Childcare and Early Years, commented:  “This exciting fund will open up new opportunities for young people to develop their creative ideas, skills and talents. By working with partners such as Young Scot and EventScotland, it will ensure young people themselves have an integral role in shaping the Year of Young People 2018. I am looking forward to seeing young people’s ideas brought to life and for local communities across Scotland to benefit from the celebrations next year.”

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “The Year of Young People 2018 provides us with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate, showcase and most importantly empower young people to flourish across a variety of different activity.”

“We are delighted to join forces with Young Scot in the development of the Create18 funding programme.  Not only does it provide a fantastic platform for young people to lead on the creation of community-led events but it provides an opportunity to celebrate their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.”

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people across Scotland to lead the way ahead of the Year of Young People 2018. Create18 is designed to inspire Scotland’s young people and create new opportunities for young Scots to shine locally, nationally and on the international stage. The young people of Scotland are incredibly creative and we are looking forward to hearing all about their brilliant event ideas.”

Find out how to apply, head over to


(Please note, the first round of funding for Create18 has now closed. However a second round will open in September 2017 for those seeking funding to run events from July to December 2018)