C&BS Fund

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you mean by innovative partnerships?


Culture and business organisations have the potential to learn a great deal from each other and achieve mutually beneficial objectives. While we recognise that straightforward, traditional sponsorships are of value, we believe that a more innovative partnership approach can generate much greater value.

This might be, for example, a tech company providing in-kind support to a museum where they’re collaborating on a digital project to showcase their services; an orchestra being sponsored to commission and record a new piece of music to feature as part of an ESG climate-focused campaign for a financial services company; or a local family firm sponsoring a performance at a community hub to drive customer engagement and brand awareness through a mutually beneficial partnership marketing campaign.

Do you make investments in partnerships where a philanthropic donation is received?


We do not make investments where a philanthropic or corporate donation is received by a culture organisation. The application for an investment must relate to a sponsorship, i.e. where funds, goods or services are provided in exchange for certain rights or benefits.

Why do you no longer provide multi-year investment?


We appreciate that the opportunity for support for up to three years was very useful for encouraging the sustainability of partnerships. However, we feel our one-off investments should incentivise new partnerships and help get them off the ground.

Why has the maximum amount of investment reduced over the last few years?


As you can imagine, with increasing pressures on investment across all sectors and with our vision being for a Scotland where culture thrives, we need to ensure that the C&BS Fund supports as many partnerships as possible. Analysis shows that the average Fund investment request is £8,000, so we can still support organisations at the right level.

Why do you only make investments to registered charities, SCIOs, CICs and Companies Limited by Guarantee?


We need to ensure we have a high level of confidence in the organisations to which we make investments and how the money would be managed. We believe the best way of doing this is to only make investments to organisations which have a strong level of governance requirements.

Why do you require CICs and Companies Limited by Guarantee to have an advisory panel?


We are strong advocates for good governance, but we recognise that the CIC framework is an increasingly popular one through which benefit can be delivered to communities. We are therefore keen to support CICs which enter into innovative partnerships with business organisations. However, similar to some major funders, we need to see evidence of the additional scrutiny that unconnected members to the organisations would provide.

What do you mean by unrelated members?


By unrelated, we mean not married to each other; not in a relationship with each other; not living together at the same address; or not related by blood.

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