How Your Scottish Attraction Could Get Funding

How Your Scottish Attraction Could Get Funding

September 18, 2023

Given the current economic situation in Scotland and the rest of the UK, many attractions may be looking for ways to secure additional funding from governing bodies, organisations, and more to help stimulate growth and development.

In many cases, your attraction will need to fit into a specific category (or categories) to be eligible for external funding, though there are options available for any visitor attraction in Scotland to boost funds.

Read on to find out how!

1. The Heritage Lottery Fund

Do you operate an important cultural, natural, or historical heritage site? Do you try to engage and teach your visitors through interactivity? Do you have a development or project in mind that you need funding for? The Heritage Lottery Fund is for you.

The Heritage Lottery Fund is designed to help develop and grow important educational sites, helping to achieve targets and improve the visitor experience. You could use the money to improve or introduce on-site activities, introduce new staff roles, repair, or conservation work, and much more.

2. National Lottery Open Fund for Organisations

Another fantastic source of funding for cultural attractions in Scotland is the National Lottery Open Fund, which is offering between £1,000 and £10,000 to support creative projects lasting up to 18 months.

Your project could qualify if it is a one-off pursuit, research or development into the creative arts, or a long-term programme of work. It may also be viable to help with sustainability pursuits, the diversification of income streams, and organisational development costs.

Find out the specifics of the fund on the National Lottery website.

3. Museums Galleries Scotland Capital Resilience Fund

The Scottish Government have allocated an impressive £500,000 towards developing the resilience of Scottish museums, so if you oversee a non-national accredited museum, you can apply for a grant of between £5,000 and £60,000 right now.

This money can be used on projects that “directly increase the resilience of museums,” including improving on-site energy efficiency, reducing running costs, or taking steps to reduce maintenance and repair costs. Projects that have the greatest positive environmental impact will be prioritised.

To be considered for this fund, you will need to have expressed interest by Tuesday 7 November and have completed your application by Tuesday 21 November.

To find out more, visit the Museums Galleries Scotland website.

Use Your Funding to Work With Vennersys

Looking to significantly reduce operational costs and increase efficiency? You may be able to use part of your funding money to do that, and Vennersys are here to help.

Our VenposCloud visitor management system is designed to do everything your attraction needs and more. Our software can help you increase income, reduce staff admin time, and improve the overall visitor experience.

Our full list of modular features is designed to help every attraction streamline only the processes they need, while also benefitting from a close working relationship with a dedicated account manager.

Interested in finding out more? Book a free, no obligation demonstration today or get in touch with a member of our team on 01908 735 274 or by emailing!