Creative Workshops Fund

The Creative Workshops Fund is a grant available through the First Minister's Reading Challenge to help secondary schools build and sustain a reading culture.

Schools can apply to receive a grant to create reading projects of their choice, across all curricular areas. The grant includes funding for a workshop or series of workshops with a practitioner, as well as money towards reading materials. The total amount of each grant will depend on the number and nature of applications. Schools are given the option to apply for a grant of up to £500, or up to £1000.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Creative Workshops can be held either in person or online. We have drafted additional terms and conditions to cover online events below - please read these if you are considering holding your event online.

Timeline & key dates

  1. Deadline for applications: noon on Thursday 18 November 2021
  2. Notification of outcome: January 2022
  3. Author visits held between January - June 2022

Applications submitted after the deadline cannot be accepted.

Terms and conditions

Please make sure you and the Head Teacher have read and understood these terms and conditions before making your application.

I have read and understand the terms and conditions of the Creative Workshops Fund and agree that, if this application is successful, I will support the Project Coordinator to use the grant accordingly.

Terms and Conditions:

  1. Applications must be made by the Head Teacher, teaching staff or School Librarian employed at the secondary school.
  2. Schools applying for Creative Workshops must have registered for the First Minister’s Reading Challenge on the website but are not required to enter any specific challenge.
  3. Grants must be spent on events and materials for S1-6 pupils. Others may be involved but the focus of the grant has to be on the pupils.
  4. Creative Workshops grants are to be used in the school year in which they are awarded, before the end of the summer term 2022.
  5. The Creative Workshops grant must be used to pay for a visit or visits from a specialist practitioner, their travel expenses and reading materials or learning resources. Further details will be provided to successful applicants, but key terms and conditions are:
    1. There is a standard practitioner fee of £175 for a 1 hour visit and this is non-negotiable. This amount must be paid directly to the practitioner delivering the workshop and schools are responsible for contacting practitioners, arranging visits and ensuring timely payment. 
    2. The practitioner can be from any chosen educational field external to the school and schools can choose whether to hold a one-off workshop, or a series of sessions. These workshops should be used to facilitate pupil learning and to support and encourage reading for pleasure in the school.
    3. Travel expenses of up to £50 must be paid from the grant. If expenses are likely to reasonably exceed and you cannot pay these from school funds, you must apply to Scottish Book Trust for extra funding before you book the visit.
    4. The remainder of the Creative Workshops grant must be used to purchase books and other learning resources to support the workshop(s).
  6. There must be a designated Project Coordinator at the school who is the main organiser of Creative Workshops. Project Coordinators should be employed by the school, and are the main point of contact for Scottish Book Trust and are responsible for ensuring all other Terms and Conditions of the Creative Workshops Fund are met.
  7. Some practitioners have disclosures but they do not need to have one to be funded by the grant. It is the Project Coordinator’s responsibility to ensure that the session is supervised at all times by someone appropriately qualified to do so. It is not part of a practitioner's fee to maintain the discipline of the class during the session – there should always be enough staff present. Practitioners should not be left alone with pupils.
  8. Feedback must be given after the event to describe how the grant was used and the impact it had.

If you have any questions about the terms & conditions or the application and shortlisting process, or any other topic related to the funding please email:

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