Photo credit: Edinburgh International Science Festival 2014
We are still accepting applications for funding through a dedicated fund for 2016, celebrating Scotland’s achievements in innovation, architecture and design.
From textiles to technology, architecture to fashion and design, a year-long programme of activity beginning on 1 January and lasting until 31 December 2016, will shine the spotlight on Scotland’s greatest assets and icons, as well as its hidden gems.
Home to ground-breaking innovators, scientists, engineers, architects and designers for hundreds of years, Scotland will showcase the creative and innovative minds that continue to inspire and influence audiences across the globe and the modern world we live in today.
Supporting events from a minimum award of £4,000 up to a maximum award of £20,000, funding will be awarded to create new event activity or enhance existing event programmes that reflect the themes and support the objectives of the year.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland said: “2016 has been designated as a themed year in which Scotland’s achievements in innovation, architecture and design will be showcased and celebrated. Themed years give Scottish tourism an edge, galvanise partners and create a strong collaborative platform to promote Scotland and its valuable attributes.”
2016 is already shaping up to be an exciting year. Last week it was announced that £400,000 funding has been secured to support the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Festival of Architecture. The Festival will receive £300,000 from the Scottish Government and £100,000 from EventScotland, and is designed to boost appreciation and understanding of our built environment.
The programme, which will be announced in due course, will comprise hundreds of events throughout Scotland, including exhibitions, performances, talks, tours, competitions and community projects as well as educational initiatives and conferences.
The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design is a Scottish Government initiative being led by VisitScotland, and supported by a variety of partners including Scottish Government, Creative Scotland, Architecture + Design Scotland, Festival of Architecture 2016, Scottish Tourism Alliance, Scottish Enterprise, The National Trust for Scotland, Historic Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
The deadline for Applications is Friday 24 July 2015.
To download an application form and guidance please click here >>