Scottish Clan Event Fund: Splash of Tartan

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." 

In celebration of Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, EventScotland is pleased to announce the opening of the Scottish Clan Event Fund: Splash of Tartan. This programme is open to clans and clan societies organising events across Scotland which supplement or enhance clan engagement in the ‘Splash of Tartan’ programme at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.  The fund is intended to support activity taking place outside Edinburgh and Glasgow around the Tattoo performance dates (4th – 26th August 2017) in August 2017.  Applications for this one-off opportunity are open until Monday 9th January 2017. 

The full criteria is available at the bottom of the page below. If you have any queries or would like to request an application form please contact EventScotland on 0131 472 2267 or email 

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 has been designated the 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. The year will celebrate both our intangible and tangible heritage - our buildings, visitor attractions, archaeological sites - as well as our diverse stories, traditions and culture, with a focus on engagement and participation.

It is anticipated that the year will bring with it a lot of opportunities for clans to engage with and embrace these themes and we are particularly keen to hear about how planned events and activities will align with and celebrate the Year.

“Building on the success of the clan event fund in 2014, 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.

ease 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

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