Scotland’s Winter Festivals

We are pleased to announce a three year funding agreement from the Scottish Government to deliver Scotland’s Winter Festivals; a programme of events celebrating our three National Days.  EventScotland on behalf of Scottish Government invite creative proposals that will reinforce and increase celebration & promotion of St Andrew’s Day, Hogmanay and Burns events across the country.

Key Objectives:

•    Deliver a programme of supported events across Scotland to celebrate each landmark day

•    Provide opportunities to increase the number of people celebrating Scotland’s national day, Hogmanay and Burns Night at home and abroad

•    Drive tourism visits from people in Scotland, the rest of the UK and internationally by demonstrating that Scotland is open for business during the winter period

•    Promote and showcase Scotland as a modern and creative nation with a rich heritage, highlighting our contribution to the world  

Criteria for Support

•    Events must take place in Scotland between the end of November and end of January, specially focussing on the following key dates

o    St Andrew’s Day Events (29 November - 2 December 2012)

o    Hogmanay Events (29 December 2012 - 2 January 2013)

o    Burns Events (21 - 27 January 2012)

o    Events which meet the objectives and criteria for support but which fall outwith these key dates may also be considered for funding. 

•    Supported events will either be organised/ commissioned by a local authority or by an event organiser with full support from the local authority.

•    Applications must demonstrate that the funds applied for will deliver the objectives above.  Specifically that they will celebrate and provide the opportunity for participation in one of the three national days. This can be in the context of an existing event or a brand new event concept.

•    Applications must also demonstrate the potential of the proposed new activity to deliver additional profile for Scotland with the aim of driving increased tourism into and around Scotland.

•    Any level of grant offered must be supported by a clear business case that justifies the request, meets the objectives above and demonstrates the likely outcomes and outputs, both social and economic.

•    All grant recipients must agree to implement a robust means for measuring event outcomes, in line with the aims of the Winter Festivals programme and will feed into the Scottish Government’s overarching evaluation programme.

•    It is not intended that an award from this fund will provide the majority of funding for any programme of activity.  A strong application will demonstrate match funding - in cash and in kind - from the local authority or other public sector sources and additional income from alternative sources.

•    Any award cannot be used to fill a budget gap created by the withdrawal of another funding source, nor can it substitute funding invested by the local authority in a previous year’s event.

Awards will be made on the basis of the ability of the event to deliver the aims and objectives outlined above whilst maintaining a spread of activity across the country. Proposals will also be assessed against their ability to meet the seven impact areas common in all EventScotland assessments (Tourism, Business, Image & Identity, Media Profile, Participation & Development, Environment, Social & Cultural Benefit)

To register your interest please contact: Rhona Corscadden, Senior Events Manager
0131 472 2316