Applications are now open for the latest round of two cultural funding grant programmes designed to strengthen and support Renfrewshire’s cultural sector, with a total amount of £400,000 available across the two funds.

Renfrewshire’s cultural funding programmes are part of Future Paisley, a cultural regeneration, partnership programme which uses the power of arts, heritage and culture to impact social and economic change.

The Culture, Heritage and Events Fund launched in 2016 and has supported 158 creative projects, including festivals, events, murals, workshops, performances, exhibitions, and tours. The fund supports projects that develop practice, engagement and participation in cultural and heritage activities and events in Renfrewshire and beyond.

The Cultural Organisations Development Fund is reserved for established or developing organisations in Renfrewshire that have a cultural and creative purchase. The fund supports organisational development activity to strengthen and build capacity and has supported 11 local cultural and creative organisations in Renfrewshire since 2019.

Applications for the Culture, Heritage and Events Fund are being accepted until Monday 28th August 2023 and for the Cultural Organisations Development Fund until Wednesday 27th September 2023.

Since 2016, £2.12m has been awarded in grants to Renfrewshire’s cultural sector and creative communities through Future Paisley funding programmes.

Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, chair of the Future Paisley Partnership Board said: “It’s great to see more funding being made available to promote and support cultural activity within Renfrewshire.

“Involvement in culture has a positive impact on health and wellbeing and the Culture, Heritage and Events Fund allows those from our most disadvantaged communities to take part in something new and benefit from doing so.

“The Cultural Organisations Development Fund supports organisations within Renfrewshire to build and strengthen partnerships both locally and further afield and develop national and international profile.

“The ongoing work to expand our creative capacity goes hand in hand with our £100m investment to transform our cultural spaces, allowing Paisley to attract a wider range of cultural activity and events, and cement our place as a cultural town and as one of Scotland’s key destinations.”

Guidance and application for both funds can be found on the Renfrewshire Council website –

Prospective applicants for CODF are strongly encouraged to seek information and advice from the OneRen Cultural Services team before applying. The team will be running a series of online advice surgeries on the following dates:

Thursday 27 July
Thursday 10 August
There will also be a series of online and in-person information sessions for CHEF applicants on the following dates:

Monday 17 July
Tuesday 18 July
Wednesday 2 August
For more information and to book visit the website –

By Ricky Kelly

Main writer for Renfrewshire News

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