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What you need to know

Background and purpose

The National Events Programme is one of the core funds run by the EventScotland team, designed to assist in the delivery of the national events strategy, Scotland the Perfect Stage.

The programme supports the strategic development of events and it has been designed specifically to support public facing live sporting and cultural events, which take place outwith the local authority areas of Edinburgh and Glasgow and drive domestic tourism within Scotland.

Positive impact

The National Events Programme is designed to support new, innovative projects and activity at events which meet the programme criteria. Awards of between £5,000 and £25,000 are available to events which can demonstrate alignment with key impact areas identified in our national events strategy, Scotland the Perfect Stage. These events will have delivery budgets in excess of £20,000 and attract more than 1,000 in-person attendees, whilst showcasing Scotland’s key event and tourism assets.

Events are assessed on their merits and the EventScotland team will look at ways the event will create a positive impact for the host region and Scotland as a whole. Events are assessed in terms of their viability and event management experience as well as the five impact areas; Economic – Tourism and Business; Brand, Identity and Reputation; Media and Profile; Social and Cultural, and; Sustainability. The ability of events to deliver against these event impacts determines the support EventScotland can offer.

Application information

Round 47 is now open for applications from eligible events taking place from January to June (inclusive) 2023. The application deadline is Wednesday 28 September 2022 at 5pm. Please refer to the full programme guidance document for detailed criteria and conditions of funding.

If you have any queries about the National Events Programme, please email [email protected].

Deadline for application

28 September 2022

Download guidance and documents

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National Events Programme application guidelines.

How to apply

  1. 1

    Read the guidance

    Applicants to the National Events Programme should download and read the full National Events Programme Guidance and Criteria.

    National Events Programme 2023 - Guidelines and Criteria

    Published August 2022

    Guidelines and criteria for applying for funding through the National Events Programme 2023

  2. 2

    Submit an enquiry

    If you are interested in applying to this programme, please submit an enquiry via our website and a member of the team will be in touch as appropriate. 

    Visit the 'Make a Funding Enquiry' page on this website to submit your enquiry.

    Email any questions and queries to [email protected]

  3. 3

    Submit your application

    The application form is available to download in this section. Please ensure you complete Step 2 before submitting an application. The EventScotland team are here to help and will be able to provide invaluable advice and guidance around eligibility and sustainability of requests.

    Please note, however, that there are no guarantees that an application will be successful; each application will be subject to a thorough and competitive assessment process, the outcomes from which will be shared in due course. 

    National Events Programme application form - Round 47

    Published August 2022

    Application form for Round 47 of the National Events Programme

  4. 4

    Meet the deadline

    Applications should be submitted by email and in Word format to​​​ [email protected] before 5pm on Wednesday 28 September for events taking place between January and June 2023.

    Submit your National Funding Programme application to [email protected]

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