Small grants available: To Absent Friends festival

Published: June 26, 2024

A small grants scheme has been launched to support organisations in hosting remembrance events in Scotland as part of this year’s To Absent Friends festival (1-7 November 2024).

Two types of small grants (up to £300) are available:

  • Community grants: For organisations and communities planning private remembrance events, either in person or online, to share memories and solace.
  • Public grants: For organisations organising interactive public events such as concerts, exhibitions, or installations, open to the public.

The fund aims to support storytelling and remembrance activities. Past events have included concerts, poetry nights, craft activities, memory-sharing events, storytelling suppers, and exhibitions. Creative and innovative ideas suited to local groups and communities are encouraged.

Any organisation with a bank account can apply, including charities, community groups, care homes, NHS organisations, small businesses, prisons, arts organisations, and educational institutions. The application deadline is 2 September 2024.

More information is available here.

An informal lunchtime chat will be held online at 1 pm on 19 August for those interested in learning more or discussing their ideas. Email to join.

For activity ideas, refer to the Guide to Organising an Event.

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