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Supporting Scotland’s vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.


A Cinema Near You (CNY) is a two year development programme which aims to improve access to screen and cinema provision in Scotland, targeting those communities where the need is greatest, and where the benefits may be most significant.

They have an inclusive definition of local cinema, covering a spectrum that extends from DVD-based community groups to full-time, multi-screen cinemas showing new releases.

They believe that local cinema should be: open and accessible, engaged with its community, committed to embracing diversity, and part of a wider cultural ecology. This will be a unique opportunity for a wide range of sectors — community development, housing, town centre regeneration, health and wellbeing, local government and leisure trusts — to explore and develop new access to the big screen experience.

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Geographical areas funded: Scotland

Fund type

Type of funding:
Grant, Staff time, Other resources
Type of cost:

Who can apply

They will welcome expressions of interest from anyone thinking of starting any form of screening provision. Applicants may range from community groups to local authorities or culture and leisure trusts, and screening provision could range from (but is not limited to) film societies to multi-screen cinemas.

When to apply

Submit an Expression of Interest form at any time.

How to apply

A Cinema Near You is not a conventional funding scheme. They aim to work closely with applicants to devise and agree the most appropriate, bespoke, programme of activity and funding. Complete the Expression of Interest form to get started.

Contact information

Activites funded: Arts & culture

Beneficiaries funded: Rural communities Local communities Urban communities

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