A new fund has been launched that enables collaboration between businesses and arts and heritage organisations based in Scotland.
An arts or heritage organisation may receive match funding worth between £1,000 and £40,000 in any one financial year (between 1 April and 31 March).
A business or business unit may receive funding worth up to £40,000 of additional sponsorship benefits against their investment within one or more arts and heritage organisations in the first financial year of application.
During the fund's inaugural year, the Scottish Government will provide £300,000 through Creative Scotland, whilst Historic Environment Scotland will contribute £36,000 towards developing and raising awareness of the fund throughout the heritage sector.
The Culture and Business Fund Scotland (CBFS) is funded by the Scottish Government through Creative Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland and is managed by Arts & Business Scotland.
This fund has evolved from Arts & Business Scotland's New Arts Sponsorship Grant (NASG), which has invested over £7.5 million over the course of the last decade. CBFS has a new heritage strand and will also allow projects to continue receiving funding throughout their second and third years.
2017 marks the official year of History, Heritage and Archaeology for Scotland. Widening the funding scope to include support for the heritage sector is therefore timely. The hope is that this new heritage strand will attract new applications ranging from archaeology to historic buildings whilst taking in intangible heritage, green spaces, libraries and museums.
This fund has the following objectives:
- To encourage business sponsorship of Scottish based arts and heritage activity.
- To entice back businesses that have not sponsored the arts and heritage in the last two years.
- To support arts and heritage organisations to build new business sector partnerships.
- To attract non-Scottish based companies to sponsor Scottish arts and heritage activities.
- To encourage businesses to sponsor Scottish arts and heritage activities with a commitment of two and three years.
Projects by individual artists and creatives will be considered to be ineligible unless the sponsored and match funded activities that they are producing are on behalf of a non-profit cultural organisation. In such cases, the organisation itself may become the lead applicant.
Public bodies for whom promoting and supporting the arts and heritage sector is within the normal sphere of activity is ineligible. As an example, universities, trusts and foundations would not be considered to be eligible as sponsors.
Local authorities are also considered to be ineligible, whether or not they have a remit for arts and heritage.
Funding may not be used for the following purposes:
- To pay the business sponsor or to reimburse the business sponsor for goods or services.
- To cover building or renovation costs as part of a capital project.
- To support sponsorships from alcohol related businesses for projects that engage with young people and children.
- To support sponsorships from businesses related to tobacco.
- To pay for food and drink as part of a corporate hospitality event.
- To support attendance at trade fairs and promotional sales pavilions.
- To be paid to any other organisation other than the arts or heritage applicant.
The following cannot be match funded:
- Corporate donations.
- Appeal funding.
- Corporate memberships and partnerships.
- Grants and charitable donations from a trust or foundation that is funded by business profits.
- Volunteering of staff time for supporting activities related to arts delivery.
- Using business premises for meetings.
- Payments or fees to agents, for example sponsorship consultants.
- Discounts in regards to goods and services. This may include free rent for a time period as part of a lease agreement and free venue hire is cases where the businesses will gain financially from catering, alcohol sales, retail sales or additional venue hire.
Arts and Heritage Organisations
Arts and heritage applicants based in Scotland may apply as long as they are properly constituted/registered and hold a company bank account. Profit-making arts or heritage organisations must provide evidence that the project benefits the community.
Any not-for-profit organisation based in Scotland which is non-arts or non-heritage related (particularly charities fundraising via arts or heritage activities) may apply as long as the sponsored and grant-funded activities being supported are arts or heritage related.
In the context of this scheme, arts may be defined as being one of the following: animation, arts & health, combined arts, craft, dance, design, fashion, festivals, film & television, galleries, literature, music, street arts, theatre and visual arts.
In the context of this scheme, heritage may be defined as being one of the following: archaeology, archives & collections, community heritage, historic buildings & monuments, industrial, maritime & transport, intangible heritage, libraries and museums.
Any business may apply, even if it is not based in Scotland. Business units within a company that are clearly differentiated could also be considered to be separate sponsors in their own right and so could also be considered eligible.
Some public bodies could be considered eligible as a business sponsor if their support is clearly arts and heritage sponsorship or promotion and if arts and heritage support is outside of the organisation's usual sphere of activity.
Interested parties should note the following terms and conditions upon receiving match funding:
- Match funding should be used for the purposes that were stipulated within the submitted application form.
- Changes should be approved in advance, in writing, by Arts & Business Scotland.
- A complete evaluation and a signed financial statement will be required within two months of the project's completion.
Funding is intended to contribute towards the arts or heritage organisation's project. Arts and heritage activities may include purchasing equipment or staffing resource, in a manner which will enable the realisation of the cultural activity.
Capital projects will be considered eligible; however, the corresponding match funding should be used for arts and heritage activities that are directly engaging with the public.
Applications may be made at any time.
Applications may be completed and submitted through the Culture Business Fund website. Interested parties may download the form to view in advance, completing the numbered stages.
Upon completing the application, applicants should attach the following:
- The Declaration, which should be signed and dated by both parties involved.
- A signed, dated sponsorship agreement.
- A budget that shows all income and expenditure.
- The arts or heritage organisation's child protection policy, if applicable.
Completed application forms should be submitted at least three months before and no more than nine months before the sponsored activity and match-funding activity starts, before the assessment may commence.
Fast-track applications for funding worth between £1,000 and £3,000 should be submitted and considered two months prior to the start date of sponsored and match-funded activities.