Scottish Clans & Historical Figures 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

The Scottish Clans & Historical Figures Event Fund supports the growth of events taking place in Scotland that publicly celebrate clans, recognised families and historical figures using their stories and legacy to bring communities together.

Since its launch in 2014, the fund has played a specific role in supporting clans, clan societies and recognised families to deliver public-facing events. For Round 7, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop was delighted to relaunch the fund under its new name ‘Scottish Clans & Historical Figures Event Fund’, expanding it to accept applications from events that celebrate both clans and/or great Scots internationally recognised for their historical significance.  The fund is open to clans, clan societies and recognised families as well as non-clan organisations. Strong applications will appeal to locals and visitors alike, attract a diverse audience through accessible programming and provide meaningful opportunities to engage with Scottish clans and/or history makers.

Are you interested in making an application?

Step 1: Please read the Application Guidance and Criteria document available to download below carefully, paying particular attention to the fund’s objectives and eligibility criteria. If you need clarification on any of the criteria please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Step 2: Contact the EventScotland team as per the contact details below to discuss your proposal well in advance of the application deadline. Staff will be available throughout the application period for advice and guidance.


Round 7 of the Scottish Clans & Historical Figures Event Fund is now closed

Application deadline was 5pm, Friday 11 October 2019 for events taking place between 01 January 2020 and 31 December 2021.

The full Application Guidance and Criteria Document for Round 7 can be downloaded here - please note, the Fund's objectives and criteria are subject to change. 

If you would like further information and updates or to enquire about applying for funding please contact the programme lead, Annika Wolf, by email to or by phoning EventScotland on 0131 472 2313 (Monday to Friday, 09:00 – 17:00).

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