New signature event fund announced for 2017 year of History, Heritage & Archaeology

£300,000 event fund launched to celebrate Scotland’s 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology

Applications open today (Friday 13 May 2016) for the events and festivals sector across Scotland to apply for a 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology event grant to create a Signature Event programme for the year.

Scotland has a wealth of riches in history, heritage and archaeology. From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, listed buildings to historic battlefields, cultural traditions to our myths, stories and legends, the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology will shine a spotlight on some of Scotland’s greatest assets and icons, as well as our hidden gems.

History and heritage is already a key motivator for visits to Scotland and an important part of the visitor experience.

As part of the year’s celebrations, we are looking to create and expand opportunities for locals and visitors to participate and engage with event activity celebrating one or more of the themes.

Scotland already has an enviable portfolio of existing events celebrating history, heritage and archaeology which will form a key part of the 2017 event calendar.  

To add to this already rich and diverse programme of existing events, the dedicated 2017 History, Heritage and Archaeology Signature Event fund has been designed to support both new and existing events with additional elements celebrating one of more of the three themes.

Signature Events should be high profile and support the objectives of the year which include promoting Scotland, celebrating our achievements, encouraging significant participation and engagement and boosting both local and national tourism.

The fund will accept applications for grants from £20,000 up to a maximum of £60,000.  

If your project does not fit the criteria of the Signature Events programme, there may be other funding routes may be available.  

For example, The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is delighted to be an active and supportive partner in 2017’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. HLF has funds, raised through the National Lottery, available for exciting new projects to help people up and down the country explore, enjoy, and share the heritage we all care about. More information >>

As an additional resource, a list of potential funding routes, including EventScotland funding opportunities is available.

In addition to the Event Fund Launch, there is an introductory 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology Toolkit now live on, which currently includes free to use images and promotional wording. The logo pack for the year can also be requested. More information will be added to the toolkit as the year progresses.


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