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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.

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The William Syson Foundation - Small Grants Fund


The Small Grants Fund welcomes applications for activity in any art form or cross-art form including but not limited to visual arts, performing arts, poetry, literature, film-making, music, photography, and digital arts.

The organisation's objectives are:

  • the advancement of the arts, heritage and culture, including (but not restricted to) promoting, developing and ensuring the practice and enjoyment of the arts, including music, the visual arts, theatre and literature as the directors in their absolute and uncontrolled discretion think fit;
  • without prejudice to the forgoing generality, the charity will have a particular focus on Scottish organisations and individuals resident in Scotland.

Applications can be submitted for support for core costs and arts-related projects.

Previous categories of awards have included; Music, Combined Arts, Drama & Theatre, Arts, Film, Dance, Literature and Sculpture.

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Geographical areas funded: Scotland

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Type of cost:
Capital, Revenue, Core costs

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Who can apply

Applications are accepted from constituted not-for-profit organisations. You must be registered in Scotland or your beneficiaries must be located in Scotland. Full details are on the Foundation's website.

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When to apply

The open window periods for Small Grants Fund Rounds in 2024 are:

  • 2 - 13 September 2024

Applications received outwith these dates will not be considered.

Next deadline: 13 Sep 2024

How to apply

Application forms are available via the Foundation's website. The guidance includes information on what supporting documentation to submit with your application.

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Activites funded: Arts & culture

Beneficiaries funded: General public

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