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 family 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.

In 2018, a total of 11 clan events were supported through the fund, bringing clan history to life across nine local authorities in Scotland. The supported events joined the celebrations for Scotland's Year of Young People 2018 with exciting programmes of activities at their international gatherings, inviting young people to participate, engage and learn about Scottish heritage, as well as local traditions and culture.

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;

"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.

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

Photo credit: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo


Applications are not currently open to the Scottish Clan Event Fund but the Round 6 Brief and Criteria Guidelines can be downloaded here for information.

Please note this round has closed.

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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