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26 July 2021

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 - £60,000.

  • 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 strands.
  • 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 positive outcomes.
  • 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 their proposal.
  • 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.