Renfrewshire Council

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Cultural Organisations Development Fund (CODF)

Renfrewshire's Cultural Organisations Development Fund (CODF) is a new three year fund to support the cultural sector in Renfrewshire. 

The Cultural Organisations Development Fund will invest in local organisations and provide support to build the resilience and sustainability of organisations, helping them realise their cultural ambitions and fulfil their potential.

Cultural Organisations Development Fund: Business Planning


What sort of projects will we support?

This fund is focused on business planning. This could be in its broadest sense or focus on discrete areas such as planning for fundraising and diversifying income streams; marketing and comms; or monitoring and evaluation. Business planning may or may not focus on the growth of the organisation, depending on the organisation's circumstances and ambitions. Also eligible are board development and training of existing staff.

Not eligible are: 

  • Creation of new staff posts
  • Internships, apprenticeships or placements 
  • Creative learning programmes
  • Artistic partnerships or collaborations
  • Programming or artistic costs for workshops, festivals or events 
  • Capital expenditure. 

Full detail on the specific criteria is available in the application guidelines in the Related Documents section.

Who can apply?

The Fund is reserved for Renfrewshire based organisations or groups either established or developing that have a cultural or creative purpose. The type of organisation is also important -

You can apply if your organisation is or seeks to be a:

  • Voluntary or community organisation
  • Registered charity
  • Constituted group or club
  • Community interest company (CIC)
  • Social enterprise

We cannot accept applications from:

  • Individuals/sole traders
  • Shareholding organisations that generate private profits
  • Organisations based outside Renfrewshire
  • Applications made by one organisation on behalf of another

How much can I apply for?

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the amount most appropriate to their organisation's development needs at the point of application. All applicants must demonstrate how the amount requested and the timeframe proposed is appropriate for achieving their intended organisational development outcomes.

The maximum level of grant in this funding round is £3,000. Funded activity may last up to 18 months.