Area: Scotland

Deadline: Rolling deadline, apply anytime

The Culture & Business Fund Scotland (CBFS), administered by Arts and Business Scotland, replaces the New Arts Sponsorship Grant (NASG), but sustains, and builds on, its legacy of giving outstanding support to collaborations between arts / heritage organisations and business sponsors across Scotland.

The CBFS has a clear set of aims to:

  • encourage businesses to sponsor arts and heritage activity within Scotland for the first time 
  • entice back businesses that have not sponsored the arts or heritage in Scotland within the previous two years
  • support arts and heritage organisations to build new business sector partnerships
  • attract non-Scottish based companies to sponsor arts and heritage activities in Scotland
  • encourage businesses to sponsor arts and heritage activity within Scotland with a two and three year commitment

How it works

If an arts or heritage organisation attracts an eligible business to sponsor an aspect of their work, the Culture & Business Fund Scotland will match that sponsorship, £ for £.  Both in-kind and cash sponsorship are eligible, but must come from the sponsor’s own funds, goods or services.

An arts or heritage organisation can apply for match funding up to the value of £40,000 in any one financial year (running from 1 April to 31 March). Applicants can apply for more than one grant in the year with the same or a different business sponsor, providing the total sum awarded is £40,000 or under.

How to apply

Applicants will be able to complete and submit their applications online via the CBFS website (www.culturebusinessfund.scot) from the end of April 2017. In the meantime, CBFS Guidelines and downloadable versions of the application forms can be accessed via the Arts and Business website and applications, together with project budgets and sponsorship agreements may be submitted to grants@aandbscotland.org.uk.

Completed applications must be submitted to Arts & Business Scotland at least three months (but no more than nine months) before the sponsored and proposed match-funded activity begins. However, fast-track applications for match funding of between £1,000 and £3,000 may be submitted and considered two months before the start date of sponsored and match-funded activities.

Application forms

There are two application tiers. For match funding of between £1,000 and £3,000 excluding VAT, applicants should use the fast-track application form; for match funding of over £3,000 and up to £40,000 excluding VAT there is a separate application form. All applications must adhere to the Application Guidelines Terms & Conditions and must be made on the relevant form.

For more information and access to application forms, visit the Arts and Business Scotland website.