Scottish Clan Event Fund

The first round of the Clan Event Fund supported a number of Clan events taking place across Scotland in our Year of Homecoming 2014 and will be used to continue this momentum right though to our Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in 2017. Scotland is a country renowned for its warm welcome to visitors from around the world. We are proud to showcase the history and traditions of our country and in 2015, during our Year of Food and Drink, we will be welcoming visitors to enjoy a range of Scottish produce from seafood to roast lamb, not forgetting the whisky of course!”- Mr Fergus Ewing, Minister for Energy, Enterprise & Tourism, October 2013

"With up to 50 million people globally claiming Scottish ancestry, and many more with a strong connection to our country, the market for ancestral tourism in Scotland is considerable and creates opportunities for communities to benefit." 

EventScotland is pleased to support clans and families associations through the Scottish Clan Event Fund. Each year, hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the globe choose to visit Scotland to explore their ancestry and the homelands of their ancestors and The Scottish Clan Event Fund directly supports such activity.

In response to a request from the Highland Clans Partnership Group, The Scottish Clan Event Fund was launched in 2014 by the Scottish Government in recognition of the importance of clan tourism to the Scottish Economy. Since its inception the fund has supported over fifty events which have welcomed tens of thousands of visitors across Scotland. The fund provides support to clans, clan societies and other eligible organisations by supporting the growth and development of their events.

Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017 celebrated Scotland’s unique history and heritage with a programme of activity aimed at supporting and driving the nation’s tourism and events sector. This brought a record year for The Scottish Clan Event Fund supporting a total of 16 events and bringing clans from across Scotland together for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo’s ‘Splash of Tartan’ programme.

A total of 11 clan events were supported through the fund in 2018. 


Start Date

End Date

Local Authorities

Hawick Reivers Festival



Scottish Borders Council;

Clan MacLennan International Gathering



Highland Council;

Clan Gregor International Gathering



Argyll and Bute Council; Stirling Council;

World Gathering of MacIntyres



Argyll and Bute Council;

Clan Macleod Parliament



Highland Council;

The 19th Clan Gunn Society International Gathering



Orkney Islands Council;

Tartan Ties



Aberdeenshire Council:

Clan Stewart Gathering



Fife Council;

Clan Oliphant Gathering



Perth and Kinross Council;

Clan Donnachaidh Gathering



Perth and Kinross Council;

Dedication of Prestonpans 1745 Memorial Tables



East Lothian Council;

For more information on the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs please visit their website here.

"The Scottish Clan Event Fund offers a welcome source of support and stimulation for the Clans and Families throughout Scotland. Our kindred-based societies and associations are active in re-connecting people both at home and overseas with their proud heritage; and in making new connections within their local communities. The Clan Event Fund can help us do more to make our ancestral links not just a matter of the past - but a living part of today's dynamic Scotland." - The MacLaren of MacLaren, Convenor, Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs, February, 2018

"The Highland Clan Partnership Group has worked hard to achieve this funding which in turn will and has stimulated greater clan activity during International Gatherings. In particular this has led to more ambitious programmes that also involve the local communities who can then see, first hand, what benefits can be had from such clan events." The Earl of Cromartie, Chair, The Highland Clan Partnership Group, March 2015.

Photo credit: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo


The Scottish Clan Event Fund is currently open for applications for Round 6. Brief and Criteria Information can be downloaded here for information.

Round 6 of the Scottish Clan Event Fund is open from 28 May until 28 September 2018 and will be seeking submissions to support eligible activity taking place across 2019 – 2020.

If you would like further information and updates or to enquire about applying for funding please contact the programme lead, Sophie Sim, by email to or by telephoning EventScotland on 0131 472 2380.

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