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What you need to know

Scotland's Winter Festivals funding is designed to support events that celebrate Scotland's three national days - St Andrew's Day, Hogmanay and Burns Night.

From toasting our patron saint on St Andrew’s Day on 30 November, to Burns Night on 25 January and Hogmanay in between, Scotland’s Winter Festivals are designed to celebrate the spirit and authentic traditions of Scotland’s winter season.

The programme aims to bring together communities and visitors from all over the world to celebrate Scotland’s heritage, traditions and modern culture through the best of Scottish music, food and drink, arts and entertainment.

Deadline for application

Not currently accepting applications

Scotland’s Winter Festival Event Fund is administered on behalf of Scottish Government. Given the unprecedented nature and impact of COVID-19 on events and event organisers, we are currently reviewing the role Scotland’s Winter Festivals can play in the wider context of re-establishing Scotland’s events industry as soon as the current event gathering restrictions are lifted.

Details of funding opportunities and the application process will be published here in due course and shared through our e-newsletter and on our Twitter and LinkedIn channels. In the meantime, if you have any queries or questions about your event or other funding opportunities, please contact your allocated Event Manager or email us at [email protected]

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Scotland's Winter Festivals guidance 2019/2020 and criteria

How to apply

  1. 1

    Read ‘Guidance and Criteria’ document

    Take note of the deadline!

    The Guidance and Criteria document will be made available following announcement of the 2020/2021 funding opportunity. This document is designed to set out the fund’s objectives and eligibility criteria so please read carefully and consider what resource is required to make an application. Take note of the deadline and review the eligibility checklist provided to help plan ahead.

    Scotland's Winter Festivals Guidelines


  2. 2

    Request an application form

    The sooner you can touch base, the more time our Events Manager can offer to support you through the application form process.

    • If your event has previously received support, please contact your allocated Events Manager directly.
    • For new events and organisers, please contact our EventScotland team as soon as possible to discuss your event proposal and funding request.

    Application forms are made available following positive discussions with a member of the team to sense check eligibility.

  3. 3

    Complete the application form

    Your allocated Event Manager will be available throughout the application period for advice and guidance. Use the checklist available to be sure you've provided all relevant documentation to complete your submission.

  4. 4

    Submit on (or before) the deadline date

    An electronic submission of the completed application form and any supporting documents must be sent by email to [email protected] on or before the fund deadline date. Each applicant will receive an email acknowledging receipt of their application.

  5. 5

    Funding outcome

    The application will go through the assessment process. Applicants will be notified of their outcome by both letter and email within eight weeks of the deadline.

Your industry contact

Jennifer Stevenson

Events Manager


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