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Article published 31/08/2022

EventScotland has today (31 August) opened the latest round of its National Events Programme, one of its core funds designed to help deliver the national events strategy, Scotland the Perfect Stage.

The latest round of funding comes as the first of the events funded through the last round of funding start this weekend. Go Swim Loch Lomond, Music at the Multiverse, Vibration Festival, Peterhead Seafood Festival and Glencoe Marathon Gathering are among the 28 events across 17 local authorities to share in £268,950 of funding from Round 46 of the National Events Programme. Other events to receive funding include Lammermuir Festival, Callander Jazz and Blues Festival, Stirling Science Festival, World Clydesdale Show 2022 and Paisley Halloween.

The National Events Programme supports the development and delivery of live sporting and cultural events that take place outside of Glasgow and Edinburgh and drive domestic tourism within Scotland, and is designed to support new, innovative projects and activity at events.

Applications to the latest round of funding are open for events taking place between January and June 2023. Event organisers are able to apply for between £5,000 and £25,000 for events that can demonstrate alignment with key impact areas within the national events strategy, including accessibility and inclusion, environmental sustainability and engagement with the local community. 

A limit of three rounds of funding has been reinstated, having been reset from 2022. Events having previously received funding via either Round 45 or Round 46 will be eligible to receive up to two further awards from this programme, assuming all other programme criteria are met. Events having received three rounds of National Events Programme funding prior to 2022 will be eligible to re-apply.

This is a competitive fund and events will be assessed on their merits, with EventScotland looking at how the event will create a positive impact for the host region and Scotland as a whole. Please note, as VisitScotland’s budget for 2023/24 has not yet been set, this may result in a delay in confirming the outcomes for applications for events taking place between April – June 2023.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Wednesday 28 September 2022. Find out more about the National Events Programme.

Scotland is the perfect stage for events and our National Events Programme plays an important role in developing our year-round portfolio of sporting and cultural events. We’re delighted to be supporting the 28 events taking place between September and December this year through the fund and launching the latest round to support events taking place from January to June 2023.

Few industries have the impact events do. They play an important role in our communities, bringing social and economic benefits while enabling us all to connect, enjoy and share memorable experiences.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events

The full list of events receiving support from Round 46 of EventScotland’s National Programme Fund is: 

  • Go Swim Loch Lomond, 3 September, West Dunbartonshire
  • Music at the Multiverse, 3 to 4 September, Dumfries and Galloway
  • Vibration Festival, 3 to 4 September, Falkirk
  • Peterhead Seafood Festival, 3 September, Aberdeenshire
  • Glencoe Marathon Gathering, 3 to 4 September, Highlands
  • Outwith Festival, 6 to 11 September, Fife
  • Lammermuir Festival, 8 to 19 September, East Lothian
  • Fife Fest, 10 to 11 September, Fife
  • TweedLove Festival, 16 to 19 September, Scottish Borders
  • Vogrie Pogrie Community Festival, 17 to 18 September, Midlothian
  • Scottish Wild Food Festival, 17 to 18 September, Stirling
  • Dunbar Music Festival, 23 to 25 September, East Lothian
  • Shetland Wool Week, 24 September to 2 October, Shetland
  • Callander Jazz and Blues Festival, 30 September to 2 October, Stirling
  • Aberdeen International Comedy Festival, 6 to 16 October, Aberdeen
  • Beatson’s Building Supplies 50th Mull Rally, 13 to 16 October, Argyll & Bute
  • Tamfest, 15 to 31 October, South Ayrshire
  • Stirling Science Festival, 19 to 22 October, Stirling
  • World Clydesdale Show, 20 to 23 October, Aberdeen
  • Galoshans, 21 to 30 October, Inverclyde
  • British National Cyclo-Cross Trophy Series Round 2, 22 to 23 October, Falkirk
  • Bootanics, 25 to 31 October, Highlands
  • Paisley’s Halloween, 27 to 30 October, Renfrewshire
  • Witch Corner – Halloween at Abbotsford, 29 to 30 October, Scottish Borders
  • Polish-Scottish Mini Festival, 1 November, Aberdeen
  • SR:D Fashion Festival, 15 to 20 November, Dundee
  • Helensburgh Festival of Lights and Christmas Lights Switch On, 20 November, Argyll & Bute
  • Bellfield Park Winter Festival, 9 to 29 December, Highlands

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