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.  In celebration of Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017, the fund was opened for an additional round – The Scottish Clan Event Fund: Splash of Tartan will support clan events taking place across Scotland in August 2017 to enhance their clan’s engagement in the ‘Splash of Tartan’ programme at The 2017 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. 

Each year, hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the globe choose to visit Scotland to explore their ancestry by visiting the homelands of their ancestors and the Scottish Clan Event Fund directly supports such activity.

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 events which have welcomed thousands of visitors across Scotland. It provides support to clans and clan societies for individual events to support their growth and development.

2017 is Scotland’s Year of History Heritage and Archaeology and will celebrate our country’s unique history and heritage with a programme of activity aimed at supporting and driving the nation’s tourism and events sector. This year will celebrate both our intangible and tangible heritage - our buildings, visitor attractions and archaeological sites - as well as our diverse stories, traditions and culture, with a focus on engagement and participation.

A total of 16 clan events were supported through the fund in 2017. 

“The Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs continues to support this important initiative which will enhance clan activities in local communities and encourage more people to celebrate their clan and family heritage across Scotland.” Sir Malcolm MacGregor, Convenor, Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs, March 2015

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

"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.

Please note, many clan events could be eligible for additional support through our Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology Partner Programme. Registering is straightforward and can be done here.  Please keep an eye on this page for upcoming announcements around funding opportunities for future clan events.

Photo credit: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo


Applications are not currently open to the Scottish Clan Event Fund. 

 This fund is open for one funding round per year and applications may be submitted between May and September.  Round 6 of the Scottish Clan Event Fund will open in May 2018 and will be seeking submissions to support eligible activity taking place across 2019 – 2020.

Further information and application forms are available on request from the programme lead, Breige Swift, by email to or by telephoning EventScotland on 0131 472 2267.

Download the Round 5 Brief and Criteria Information here. Please note this round has now closed.

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