Renfrewshire Council

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. It is one of the legacies of Paisley's UK City of Culture bidding process to transform Paisley. The Fund will run from 2019 and end in 2022.

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.

You can submit an expression of interest now. The deadline for this is Friday 12 July 2019.

What sort of projects will we support?

The fund can support a range of activities that support an organisation's development, for example to cover core costs such as staffing, improve governance and management and build new audiences and partnerships across Scotland, the UK and internationally.

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. The maximum level of grant for one year's development activity is £40,000, however it is anticipated that the amounts requested and activity timescales will vary between applicants.

How do I apply?

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the Renfrewshire Leisure Cultural Services team before applying for further information and advice at Advice surgeries will be held in July and August 2019 - if you are interested in attending please complete the Expressions of Interest form (available in the Related Documents section) and email to

To apply for the Cultural Organisations Development Fund, please complete the application form and the supplementary details form (available in the Related Documents section) and email both forms to


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