The Friends of the Elphinstone Institute provide support to many of the Institute's research and public engagement initiatives. These have included:

  • W. F. H. Nicolaisen Library fund;
  • Buchan Library fund;
  • Boaties Craft Residencies;
  • Cree Fiddlers of James Bay public exhibition;
  • Polish-Scottish Song and Story Group;
  • Button Boxes and Moothies Free-Reed Convention;
  • FEECA 2014 Early-Career Researchers Conference;
  • Elphinstone Institute open evenings;
  • The Traditional Singing Weekend at Cullerlie;
  • Elphinstone Institute Ballad Bus and Fiddle Bus.