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What you need to know

Scotland’s Themed Years have been running since 2009 as a way to celebrate a particular side to Scotland that we feel deserves recognition. Some past examples of our celebratory years include the Year of Young People 2018, the Year of History Heritage and Archaeology 2017 and the Year of Innovation Architecture and Design 2016.

Funding is available for events and festivals applications related to whatever our current Themed Year is. Developing a strong events programme is a key part of delivering a successful Themed Year. To date each Themed Year has funded events through bespoke open funding programmes. In 2020 are celebrating the Year of Scotland’s Coasts and Waters, while in 2022 the focus will be the Year of Scotland’s Stories.

Deadline for application

Not currently accepting applications

Please sign-up to our newsletter for details on future Themed Years funding opportunities. In the meantime, why not check out our range of celebratory #YCW2020 events or register to join our partner event programme using the links at the foot of this page.

Your industry contact

Please note that the events funding programme for Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 has now closed. If you would like further information and updates or to enquire about applying for future themed years funding please contact our Themed Years and Special Projects Events Manager, Breige Swift. Click here for further information on how to engage with YCW2020:

Breige Swift

Events Manager - Themed Years and Special Projects