The Culture & Business Fund Scotland open for applications

15 November 2021


The Culture & Business Fund Scotland enables businesses and arts or heritage organisations to come together and build effective, sustainable partnerships, bringing creative projects – large and small – vividly to life.

Funded by the Scottish Government via Creative Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland, and managed by Arts & Business Scotland, the CBFS provides critical £ for £ match funding – making the journey from a great idea, to a great project, possible.

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.

The CBFS 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

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Scottish Music Industry Association

16 Argyle Court, 1103 Argyle Street,


G3 8ND 

+44 (0) 141 478 0228



The Scottish Music Industry Association receives Regular Funding from Creative Scotland, the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.

Creative Scotland distribute funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery.