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Applications are being accepted for the latest round of two cultural funding grant programmes designed to strengthen and support Renfrewshire’s cultural sector.

The Culture, Heritage and Events Fund (CHEF) launched in 2016 and has supported 135 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.

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Applications for the Culture, Heritage and Events Fund are being accepted until Tuesday 26 July 2022.

The Cultural Organisations Development Fund (CODF) 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 7 local cultural and creative organisations in Renfrewshire since 2019.

Applications for the Cultural Organisations Development Fund are being accepted until Tuesday 30 August 2022.

Renfrewshire’s cultural funding programmes are a part of Future Paisley, a far-reaching cultural regeneration programme that harnesses the power of the arts, heritage and culture for social and economic change.

Since 2016, £1.72m 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 the return of our long-standing CHEF and CODF grant programmes as our cultural community continues to move forward and recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The ongoing work to expand our creative capacity goes hand in hand with our £100m investment to transform our cultural spaces, allowing Renfrewshire 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 – www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/culturalgrants

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:

-Monday 11th July, 10am-12noon
-Tuesday 12th July, 2pm-4pm.

Each advice surgery session will last 20 minutes.

For more information and to book visit the website – www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/CODF