Renfrewshire Council

Culture, Heritage and Events Fund (CHEF)

Are you involved in the local cultural scene? Looking to stage an event or organise a new project? We've got funding available to help you make it happen.

Renfrewshire Council's Culture, Heritage and Events Fund is available for artists, organisations and communities to shine a light on Paisley and create long-lasting cultural, economic and social change. 

As a truly cultural place, we want successful projects to bring international attention to Paisley, attract tourism, generate footfall for our town centres and change perceptions of the area, while also harnessing the power of culture to make people's lives better throughout Renfrewshire. We particularly seek projects that engage and involve our local community, showcases the area's assets and the talent of its people.

Applications are no longer being accepted for grants in 2019. Information on future funding will be added when available.


What sort of projects will we support?

Successful proposals will demonstrate that they can strengthen cultural activity in neighbourhoods and town centres across Renfrewshire, enhance the annual cultural calendar in Renfrewshire, and showcase the talent of Renfrewshire, not just locally but in other parts of the UK.

The money could be used to support new events and festivals, learning opportunities or improvements to existing projects.

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

Who can apply?

Any organisations and individuals (including community groups and professional artists) from Renfrewshire, who wish to create or develop cultural or heritage activities:

  • Voluntary or community organisations
  • Schools, colleges and universities
  • Independent artists and makers
  • Artist collectives, cultural organisations and networks
  • Businesses including creative industries

How much can I apply for?

Applications will be considered in three categories - funding up to £1k; funding between £1 and £10k; and funding from £10k upwards.

How do I apply?

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