A positive & sustainable impact

From city landmarks to national festivals, from improving health outcomes to addressing environmental issues, and from pushing musical boundaries to adopting new technologies, CBFS supported projects are, to say the least, diverse.

But every project has one thing in common: the impact that it makes on Scotland’s creative culture and on our people. The CBFS doesn’t simply bring businesses closer to arts and heritage, it brings art and heritage closer to everyone.


Aims & objectives of the Culture & Business Fund Scotland

The CBFS offers £ for £ match funding for eligible projects, sponsored by eligible businesses, and has a clear set of aims to:

  • support arts and heritage organisations and businesses to build new or cement existing cross-sector partnerships;
  • entice new businesses to sponsor or invest in arts or heritage activities in Scotland;
  • encourage and enable businesses already sponsoring or investing in arts or heritage activities to continue to do so with existing and / or new culture sector partners;
  • support existing cross-sector partnerships to enable and encourage them to continue to work together;
  • attract non-Scottish based companies to sponsor arts and heritage activities in Scotland; and
  • encourage and support businesses to continue to invest in or sponsor the activities of an arts or heritage organisation within Scotland over a two or three-year period.

Art forms supported

Animation | Art & Health | Combined Arts | Craft | Dance | Design | Fashion | Festivals (including youth, community, film, general, literature, military, music, ethnic) | Film & TV | Galleries | Literature Music | Street Arts | Theatre | Visual Arts

Heritage forms supported

Archaeology | Archives & Collections | Community Heritage | Historic Buildings & Monuments | Industrial, Maritime & Transport | Intangible Heritage (such as stories, traditions and concepts) | Land & Biodiversity (including urban green spaces and parks) | Libraries | Museums

Understanding business sponsorship

Business sponsorship is different from earned income, subsidies, grants or donations. It’s a specific way of directing much-needed funding into worthwhile arts and heritage activities, at the same time as delivering clearly defined benefits to the sponsoring business itself. We define it as:

The payment of funds or goods in kind by a business to an arts or heritage organisation in exchange for agreed benefits. These benefits might comprise promotion of the business’s name, its products or services. The sponsorship must be part of the business’s general promotional expenditure and can address the business’s promotional work, corporate social responsibility (CSR) work and/or staff development.

For the sponsored activity, the match funding may be used get a project off the ground or to take it to a wider audience; to buy materials or equipment or to pay for venue hire; to cover the fees of key contributors or enhance presentation or production qualities.

The transition from NASG to CBFS

Between April 2006 and April 2017, Arts & Business Scotland awarded in excess of £7.5m to arts and heritage organisations via the New Arts Sponsorship Grant (NASG) as £ for £ match funding for secured business sponsorship.

This made possible the delivery of over 500 projects which might otherwise have remained in a folder marked ‘Great Idea. No Budget’.

From authors’ events at the Edinburgh Book Festival to Sunday afternoon concerts celebrating classical music, and from theatre for recovering alcoholics to media support for the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival, projects came to light which touched new and diverse audiences, reached out to communities and under-represented groups, and secured Scotland’s place on a global, cultural stage.

On April 3rd 2017, the new Culture & Business Fund Scotland came into being to replace the old NASG but to sustain its outstanding contribution to collaborations between arts and heritage organisations and business sponsors across Scotland.

I am pleased to announce the transition to this new incentive funding programme which will build on the success of its predecessor, encouraging longer term cultural and business partnerships to benefit Scotland’s wider economy and society.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs

Match-funding opportunities

Match funding of between £1,000 and £40,000 (excluding VAT) is available across two tiers:

  • Smaller funds of between £1,000 and £3,000 (excluding VAT)
  • Larger funds of over £3,000 and up to £40,000 (excluding VAT)

To promote project sustainability, successful applicants may also be eligible to apply for follow-on-year match funding for up to two subsequent years – allowing projects to grow and flourish with a secure financial framework in place.


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