Scotland's Winter Festivals

SCOTLAND’S WINTER FESTIVALS IS A UNIQUE AND DISTINCTIVE PROGRAMME OF EVENTS DESIGNED TO CELEBRATE SCOTLAND'S THREE NATIONAL DAYS, ST ANDREWS DAY, HOGMANAY AND BURNS NIGHT. 
From toasting our patron saint on St Andrew’s Day, November 30, to Burns Night suppers on January 25, and with Hogmanay in between, Scotland’s Winter Festivals programme is designed to celebrate the spirit and fun of Scotland’s winter season, all warmed up with a range of exciting events and activity throughout the country.
EventScotland, part of VisitScotland, manages Scotland’s Winter Festivals event fund.
The 2015/2016 Winter Festivals programme supported a dynamic range of 23 events across 14 Local Authority areas, bringing together people from all over the world to celebrate Scotland’s modern culture and traditions through the best of Scottish music, arts, food and drink, innovation and entertainment. This included events such as Oban Winter Festival; Edinburgh’s Hogmanay; events at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh; Museum Lates at The Hunterian in Glasgow; Hogmanay at an Lanntair in Stornoway; the Big Burns Supper in Dumfries; and the Alloway 1759 Festival. 
For more information on what to see and do during winter in Scotland go to visitscotland.com/winter 
For information on Scotland’s national days and wider partner activity go to scotland.org/winter

Scotland's Winter Festivals Funding programme is designed to support events that celebrate Scotland's three unique national days - St Andrew's Day, Hogmanay and Burns Night.

From toasting our patron saint on St Andrew’s Day on 30 November, to Burns Night on 25 January and Hogmanay in between, Scotland’s Winter Festivals are designed to celebrate the spirit and authentic traditions of Scotland’s winter season.

The programme aims to bring together communities and visitors from all over the world to celebrate Scotland’s heritage, traditions and modern culture through the best of Scottish music, food and drink, arts and entertainment.

EventScotland, part of VisitScotland's Events Directorate, manages the Scotland’s Winter Festivals event fund on behalf of the Scottish Government as part of its wider Winter Festivals Programme. 

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Apply For Funding

Funding is currently closed for the 2014-15 event programme.
If you have been funded through the programme previously and are looking to be involved again then you should contact your allocated event manager, otherwise you should get in touch with Rhona Corscadden, Senior Events Manager, on 0131 472 2316 or by emailing rhona.corscadden@eventscotland.org to discuss your event to see if it fits with the criteria for support.
Full application and criteria is available from your allocated event manager.

Funding for 19/20 event is now OPEN! Application deadline: 5pm Wednesday 10 July 2019.

New events and enquiries: please check out the 19/20 Guidance & Criteria and contact the EventScotland team.

Previously supported events: if you have previously received Scotland’s Winter Festivals funding and have been allocated an Event Manager, please touch base with them in the first instance to discuss your application in greater detail.

Following positive discussions, you will be sent the SWF 19/20 Application Form.

Contact us
Email: information@eventscotland.org
Telephone: (+44) 0131 472 2313
(09:00 – 17:00, Monday to Friday)

Do you need any additional support? 

EventScotland are committed to offering an accessible funding and application processes. We can offer additional support to applicants who required a tailored approach. For more information, please contact a member of the team on (+44) 0131 472 2313. 

Helpful Links 

Click here for Scotland's Winter Festival Event Fund Guidance & Crieria. 
Click here for more information on what to see and do during winter in Scotland.
Click here for information on Scotland's national days and wider partner acticity.  

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