Community Festival and Events Small Grant Scheme

Community Festivals and Events Small Grant Scheme

The Community Festivals and Events Small Grant Scheme opened for applications on 1 April 2023.

About the Fund

The fund will provide a new one-off scheme to:

  • Support and develop small festivals and events in local communities
  • Encourage and inspire new and existing organisations to strengthen and develop events
  • Attract and engage new audiences to participate in organised local events
  • Develop events with a focus on engaging under-represented groups, including children and young people, girls and women
  • Connect and add value to existing, programmes, festivals and events
  • Promote, celebrate and raise awareness of the Scottish Borders.

A fund of £70k will be made available with awards of between £3k and £5k.

Community groups and organisations within the Scottish Borders can apply. Grant awards can be used for a variety of purposes, such as:

  • Enhancing existing events
  • Developing new and innovative ideas to strengthen and enhance an event or festival
  • Providing local communities with the opportunity to attract visitors and strengthen the local economy
  • Supporting sustainable practices as part of a wider festival or event

How to apply

If you would like to apply to the Community Festivals and Events Small Grant Scheme, please download an application form at the bottom of this page.

Please ensure that you read the guidance notes for information on eligibility and that you have all the supporting documents detailed in the guidance notes, ready to submit.

Please help us to progress your application by submitting all the relevant supporting documents – we will not be able to consider your application until we have received these.

If you need help to complete the application form, please contact the Events team at  A grant evaluation form must be completed before you can apply for a new grant.

The Community Festival and Events Small Grant Scheme will be operated in line with the principles of best practice and our Code of Practice for following the Public Pound

Download an application form