5,000 reasons to celebrate

Through Celebrate we have £575,000 available for Scottish groups of all shapes and sizes to run their own events or activities that allow people to celebrate what makes their local community special. It could be something from your local community’s history or a community hero. Or maybe you’d like to get to know your neighbours better? Voluntary and community organisations, schools and statutory bodies are all able to apply.

Looking for inspiration? Here are some examples of where Celebrate funding has gone today:

Darvel Music Company will hold a free community festival featuring music, film, and arts and crafts workshops.

Glasgow Afghan United will deliver four cultural events that will bring BME people, refugees and asylum seekers together to meet new people and to learn about Scottish culture and heritage

Braehead, Broomridge & District Community Development Trust will organise monthly barbeques and an end of harvest season event in their community garden.

Islay & Jura Community Enterprises Limited will celebrate its 25th anniversary by bringing people, young and old, together for a birthday celebration.

Encouraging groups to apply, Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland, said: “Celebrate gives people the chance to come together, whether that’s to mark something important to their community or simply get to know your neighbours better. We want to celebrate what makes your local community great, so I’d encourage groups of all sizes to get in touch with us with their ideas.”

Groups are encouraged to submit their applications early to avoid disappointment as once funds have been allocated, Celebrate will close to new applications. If you have an idea for funding, first check our website to make sure you are eligible, and download an application form from there.

So, how will you celebrate?