Small grants available: To Absent Friends festival

Published: June 13, 2024


Palliative Care Scotland is pleased to announce a small grants scheme 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 where members can gather (in person or online) to share memories, stories, and solace.
  • Public Grants: For organisations looking to organise interactive public events such as concerts, exhibitions, or installations, open to the public.

The fund aims to support activities that provide opportunities for storytelling and/or remembrance of people who have died. In previous years, events have included concerts, poetry nights, craft activities, memory sharing events, storytelling suppers, exhibitions, and more. Creative and innovative ideas that resonate with local groups and communities are highly encouraged.

Any organisation with a bank account can apply for a grant. Applications are welcome from charities, community groups, care homes, NHS organisations, small businesses, prisons, arts organisations, schools, education institutions, and more. The closing date for applications is 2 September 2024.

For more information about the small grants, please visit: Small Grants 2024.

An informal lunchtime chat will be held online at 1pm on 19th August for those interested in learning more or discussing their ideas. To join, please email

For inspiration, refer to this Guide to Organising an Event.

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