Local Festival Grant Scheme

We provide some annual funding to local Festival Committees to assist with the running costs of traditional festivals in towns and villages across the Scottish Borders (total fund available per year £85,110).

Funding is provided to the main traditional festival in each town or village.

What can grants be claimed for?

Annual grants awarded to Festival Committees are principally to assist with the cost of:

  • public liability insurance 
  • public protection measures (road closures, first aid, marshalling, stewarding)

The level of grant awarded is based on population levels and the requirement of horse cavalcades at festival activities.

The Local Festival Grant Scheme is reviewed on a three yearly basis and grant levels are agreed by our Executive Committee.  

29 local festivals receive support.

Who can apply for a grant?

Contact the community grants team for further information if your town/village:

  • has a traditional annual festival which is not currently funded
  • is in need of support
  • has been running for a minimum of three years

How to claim your grant?

If you are a Festival Committee who receives a Local Festival Grant and would like to apply for funding this year, please email the Communities and Partnership team [email protected]

Please note, 50% of the Festival Grant fund is available for 2021 in order to support festivals currently within the scheme with any public liability insurance or public protection measure expenditure or commitment and to support those who are adapting their arrangements in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The remaining 50% of the Festival Grant will be returned to the Community Fund for community projects in your area.