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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. Following an industry consultation in 2016, Themed Years now take place biennially. In 2020 we are celebrating the Year of Scotland’s Coasts and Waters, while in 2022 the focus will be Scotland’s Stories.

Developing a strong events programme is a key part of delivering a successful Themed Year and each one is supported through a bespoke open funding programme. The events funding opportunity is available ahead of each Themed Year for events and festival organisers who wish to create unique one-off events or new programming strands that will celebrate the year.

Deadline for application

Not currently accepting applications

The last deadline for Year of Coasts and Waters events funding applications was 7 June 2019. Please sign-up to our e-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 for Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 has now been fully allocated. If you would like further information and updates or to enquire about applying for events funding support for future Themed Years funding please contact our Themed Years and Special Projects Events Manager, Breige Swift.

Breige Swift

Events Manager - Themed Years and Special Projects