New Funding Announced For 2016 Themed Year

Tuesday 16 June 2015

£200,000 event fund launched to celebrate Scotland's 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

A brand new £200,000 events fund created to develop activity to celebrate Scotland's achievements in innovation, architecture and design has been launched by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland's Events Directorate. Applications opened on Wednesday 10 June, 2015 for the events and festivals sector across Scotland to apply for a 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design event grant up to £20,000.

From textiles to technology, architecture to fashion and design, the year-long programme of activity beginning on 1 January until 31 December 2016, will shine the spotlight on Scotland's greatest assets and icons, as well as its hidden gems. Home to ground-breaking innovators, scientists, engineers, architects and designers for hundreds of years, Scotland will celebrate just some of these contributions during 2016, as well as showcasing the creative and innovative minds that continue to inspire and influence audiences across the globe and the modern world we live in today.

Supporting events from a minimum award of £4,000 up to a maximum award of £20,000, the funding will be awarded to create new event activity or enhance existing event programmes which reflect the themes and support the objectives of the year, promoting Scotland, celebrating our achievements, encouraging participation and engagement and boosting tourism.

2016 is already shaping up to be an exciting year. The planned Festival of Architecture will connect Scottish communities and visitors with architecture through events and exhibitions, Scotland-wide. The National Museum of Scotland turns 150 years old and will open ten new galleries showcasing Scotland's internationally important collections of decorative art, design, fashion, science and technology. NVA's plans to resuscitate Kilmahew woodland and St Peter's seminary, the modernist architectural masterpiece will gain pace, the creation of the new V&A Museum of Design Dundee will continue to take shape, and the new Queensferry Crossing - set to be the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world - will officially open.

Applications open for 2016 funding on Wednesday 10 June, 2015

Total Funding: £200,000

Deadline for Applications is Friday 24 July, 2015

Events who wish to apply can do so online by visiting

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