Culture & Business Fund Scotland

Welcome to the Culture & Business Fund Scotland

Our new Culture & Business Fund Scotland brings creative projects – large and small – vividly to life. A new micro-site for applications is under development, but in the meantime, APPLY NOW by downloading the guidelines and application form below.

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; and
  • 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 £. Remember that 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.

Tell businesses about the Fund

To help you inform your business contacts about the Fund and explain the benefits of supporting cultural activities please download and give to them the following promotional leaflet. You can forward this with your sponsorship proposal and share it at face to face meetings. 

How to apply

Applicants will be able to complete and submit their applications online via the CBFS website ( from Autumn 2018. In the meantime, CBFS Guidelines and downloadable versions of the application forms can be accessed via the links below and applications, together with project budgets and sponsorship agreements may be submitted to

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.




Existing NASG applications

If you’re waiting to hear about an application for NASG funding that you’ve already submitted, or if you are in the process of making a NASG application, please read the following notes carefully.

  • NASG application forms that have already been submitted, and are currently being considered or processed by Arts & Business Scotland, will still be treated as NASG applications.
  • NASG applications forms that are in the process of being completed should now be restarted using one of the new CBFS application forms.

If you have any queries, please contact or call 0131 556 3353.

Read about the launch on April 3 2017 here.