The ScotRail Cultural and Arts Fund


As part of the ‘ScotRail in the Community’ initiative, a £40,000 annual Cultural and Arts Fund will enable communities to flourish.

The ScotRail Foundation can provide grants of between £500 and £2,000. 


To fund arts, community recreation, and sports activities in the vicinity of a train station or with a travel or safety theme.

Making A Difference

The application must fit within at least one of the following themes to be eligible for funding:

  • Promotion of performing arts, visual arts, literature, community arts, and cultural traditions

  • Support for artists and artistic organisations to work with communities 

  • Public art e.g. sculptures in open spaces engaging with communities

  • Play areas for children

  • Provision of local activity programmes (including local festivals, civic weeks and galas)

  • Increasing participation in sport and physical activity

  • Sports events

  • Sport outreach programmes


Who can apply? 

The fund welcomes applications from individuals/sole traders and constituted community groups working in Scotland with an income of no more than £100,000 per year. You/your group’s most recent accounts, or in the case of very new groups, a projection of income and expenditure must be provided with your application.

Individuals may only apply if the project they are planning involves actively engaging or working with a community (by community we mean either a geographical community or a group with shared interests). Although the award can cover fees for an individual to deliver a service in the community, it would not support the purchase of equipment etc that would only further the individual’s private business.

Eligibility Checklist

Before you proceed, please ensure that you can answer YES to the following questions:

  • Do you have a child and vulnerable adult policy? (If you work/intend to work with vulnerable adults/children you will need to provide this with your application.)

  • Will your activity benefit a Scottish community?

If you are you a constituted group:

  • Have you provided a signed copy of your constitution or other governing document alongside your application?

  • Do you have at least three members on your management committee or board?

  • Do you have independently examined and verified annual accounts or a projection of income and expenditure? (a projection is only appropriate if you are in your first year of operation)

  • Is your income less than £100,000 in your most recent annual accounts?

  • Do you have a bank account in the name of your group?

  • Do you have at least two unrelated cheque signatories required to sign your group’s cheques?


The fund will not support applications from/for:

  • Organisations with an annual income of more than £100,000

  • Statutory organisations

  • Individuals seeking support for business development costs only


Applications must be received by 4pm on the dates below to be considered for the round.


Decisions communicated by

Project start date

31st March 2017

15 May 2017

on or after 15th May 2017

30th June 2017

15 Aug 2017

on or after 15th August 2017

25th September 2017

24 November 2017

on or after 1st December 2017

18 December 2017

24 February 2018

on or after 9th March 2018

26 March 2018

24 May 2018

on or after 1st June 2018

Please note:

  • Any applications received with correct supporting documents after 4pm on a deadline day will be automatically put forward to the next round.

  • EXCEPT any received after 4pm on 26th March 2018 which will not be processed.

What happens next? 

Funding decisions will be made by local funding committees across Scotland made up of ScotRail employees who volunteer to take part. Foundation Scotland will contact all applicants in writing after a decision has been made, regardless of whether the application was successful or unsuccessful. If you are unsuccessful, you may reapply in the following round, providing your application meets the criteria.


How to Apply

The online application form for GROUPS is available here. Please read the accompanying guidelines before completing the application. 

If you are an individual wishing to apply for this funding, please email for an application form and guidelines.

Get in touch 
If you require any further information, please contact Foundation Scotland: 
• Email:
• Phone: 0131 524 0340

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