The ScotRail Cultural and Arts Fund


As part of the ‘ScotRail in the Community’ initiative, a £60,000 annual Cultural and Arts Fund will enable communities to flourish.

The ScotRail Foundation can provide grants of between £500 and £5,000. 


To fund arts, community recreation, and sports activities in the vicinity of a train station or with a travel or safety theme may be given a higher priority than those without a rail connection.

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 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.


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

If you are you an individual:

  • Will you be working with a community (we define “community” as a group sharing a common interest or geography)?
  • • Is there genuine community involvement (participation rather than just as an audience)?


The fund will not support applications from/for:

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

  • Statutory organisations

  • Work in schools, during school/lesson hours
  • Work which does not genuinely engage with communities (beyond just being an audience)


Applications with all required supporting documents must be received by 4pm on the date below to be considered for the round.


Decisions communicated by

Project start date

Monday 29th October 2018

Friday 21st December 2018

On or after 1st January 2019

Please note your project will not be considered if it commences before the project start date above. Applications or supporting documents received after the 4pm deadline will not be considered.

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: 0141 341 4960

What happens next?

Funding decisions will be made by a funding committee made up of ScotRail employees from across Scotland who volunteer to take part. Foundation Scotland will contact all applicants by email after a decision has been made, regardless of whether the application was successful or unsuccessful.

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