Capacity Building Programme - Culture and Heritage

Programme 1 - 20th January to 10th March 2017 

Programme 2 - 21st April to 9th June 2017

We are delighted to announce a new training and support programme for organisations and individuals in the Scottish Borders, aimed at enhancing skill sets and encouraging ambition.     


The Capacity Building Programme – Culture and Heritage, is a key element of the Place Partnership plan developed by Creative Scotland, Scottish Borders Council and Live Borders.   Place Partnership in the Borders is about supporting and strengthening the creative industries, artistic practices and cultural sector - making the sector more sustainable.  


The Capacity Building Programme will run twice in 2017, over 8 week blocks, with the first Programme starting on January 20th 2017.  The weekly sessions are 3 hours long, apart from one of the sessions (Introduction to Sponsorship), which is a whole day.    




For more detailed information on the programme – please see download pdf ‘Capacity Building Programme – Culture and Heritage Scottish Borders’  here pdf

The Programme will cover:  Business Planning, Finance, Marketing, Sponsorship and The Role of the Board in Fundraising.  It  will also be a great networking opportunity - sharing and exchanging knowledge with other individuals and organisations within the cultural and heritage sector through the programme.


The  Programme is open by application to individuals and organisations working in the culture/heritage sectors based in the Borders, the objectives being to:

  •  Enhance individual and organisational skills sets; and
  • Encourage ambition so that participants are better placed to develop, and grow, their practices and businesses in a sustainable way in the context of a challenging climate for public funding and new and emerging ways of working across artforms and sectors.



The programme is free, and will be delivered by Business Gateway and Arts & Business Scotland.

Application Process

There are 10 places on each programme, so make sure you book your place!

Please note that to attend you MUST commit to attending all eight weeks.  (If you would like to come along but cannot attend all the sessions please let us know and we may, subject to availability, be able to offer you a place).


Deadlines for booking:

Programme 1(runs 20th January to 10th March) – deadline for applications 5pm, Monday 9th January 2017 FULLY BOOKED


Programme 2 (runs 21st April-Friday 9th June) – deadline for applications 5pm, Monday 27th February 2017 


To book your place, please complete the Application Form and email/post it to Kay McCluskey : or Kay McCluskey, Live Borders, Tower Mill, Hawick TD9 0AE.


Application Form downloadable here word document


If you have any enquiries ahead of submitting the application form, or problems accessing or filling in the form, please contact Mary Morrison on 01450 360 689 or mob: 07789 944993, or by e-mailing