The Year of Stories 2022 Open Events Fund
VisitScotland's Themed Years have been running since 2009 as a
way to celebrate a particular side to Scotland that deserves
recognition. In 2022 the theme is Scotland's Stories.
The YS22 Open Events Fund has been
designed to support new, creative event proposals and programming
that will provide high profile content created especially in
response to the 2022 Themed Year opportunity.
We are seeking event proposals that will capture the imagination
and help us to tell and to celebrate Scotland's wealth of unique
stories. Successful proposals must provide strong engagement
opportunities that create key moments across the year capable of
driving high levels of media coverage, audience awareness and
attendance. Both brand new and one-off events as well as high
profile new programme strands created to provide additionality
within existing events or festivals specifically for the Themed
Year are eligible.
A total fund value of £600,000 is available for eligible events
planned to take place across 2022. Organisers may apply for
individual grants of between £15,000 -
- Events must take place in Scotland in 2022, be public facing
and attractive to visitors and locals alike.
- Plans must resonate strongly with the aims and objectives of
the year as outlined in the Information for Applicants guidance
document and bring to life one or more of the five programme
- Applications will be considered from both brand new and one-off
events as well as from existing events and festivals creating new
high-profile programming especially for the Themed Year.
- Proposals must clearly articulate responsible tourism and
sustainable development principles, including how the event will
manage economic, social, and environmental impacts and maximise
- To support resilience of the programme, applicants will be
asked to include details of their approach to Covid-19 risk
management and detail contingency planning, i.e. digital or virtual
programming or dispersed, community based activities, as part of
- A balanced and achievable event budget showing other income
sources, including where possible funding contributions from other
partners, should be presented. Stronger applications will
demonstrate confirmed, or good potential for, partner support.
- Only new, creative proposals for events activity can be
supported through this fund. If you are an existing event, please
note that this fund cannot be used to support core activity.
The deadline for all applications is
Thursday 12 August 2021.
For full details and to apply, see the Year of Scotland's
Stories on the Visit Scotland website.