Renfrewshire Council

Cultural Organisations Development Fund (CODF)

About the Cultural Organisations Development Fund, what can be funded, who can apply, steps before you apply, key dates, how to apply and people to contact.

About the Cultural Organisations Development Fund

Our Cultural Organisations Development Fund helps to strengthen and build the capacity of organisations in Renfrewshire that have a cultural and creative purpose.

The Fund's objectives are:

  • to support organisations to become more sustainable and to take the next steps in their strategic development
  • to build capacity in organisations to raise cultural ambition in Renfrewshire
  • to support organisations which have an ongoing commitment to diversifying and expanding cultural participation.

The Cultural Organisations Development Fund is funded as part of the Future Paisley programme and is managed in partnership between Renfrewshire Council and OneRen.

What can be funded

The Cultural Organisations Development Fund supports projects that encourage engagement and participation in cultural and heritage activities and events in Renfrewshire.

It can support a range of activities that assists an organisation's development, including:

  • Governance - such as board recruitment, company development needs, enhancing skill sets, improving diversity, gender balance, training and awareness
  • Leadership and management - such as financial management, business planning, developing fundraising strategies to diversify income streams, developing monitoring and evaluation
  • Reach - developing new areas of organisational activity, deepening art form/specialism knowledge, developing quality, diversifying cultural offer, supporting new artistic partnerships and collaborations
  • Workforce - creating new staff posts, developing key skills, supporting training and experience
  • Pathways - developing creative learning programmes and/or skills and pathways projects that recruit internships, apprenticeships and other placements
  • Engagement - improving social media, communications, marketing and public relations and supporting wider engagement with cultural sectors across Scotland and the UK.

The Cultural Organisations Development Fund cannot be used towards programming or artistic costs for workshops, events or festivals. You can apply for funding for these through our Culture, Heritage and Events Fund.

Who can apply

Round Four of the Cultural Organisations Development Fund is available to established or developing organisations based in Renfrewshire that have a cultural and creative purpose.

Cultural organisations that were eligible for Round Four of the fund included:

  • registered charity
  • Community Interest Company (CIC)
  • social enterprise
  • voluntary or community organisations
  • constituted group.

Key Dates

The key dates for Round Four of the Cultural Organisations Development Fund were:

  • Applications opened on 22 June 2023
  • Deadline for Expressions of Interest on 18 July 2023
  • Applications closed at midnight on 27 September 2023
  • Applicants informed of funding decision on 29 November 2023
  • Earliest start date for supported activity on 1 December 2023
  • Latest completion date for supported activity is 31 March 2025.

How to apply

Applications for Round Four of the Cultural Organisations Development Fund (CODF) are currently closed.

We will announce details about the next round of funding in due course.


If you have any questions about the Cultural Organisations Development Fund, email or call 0141 618 7076.