Funding to help communities take part in Refugee Festival Scotland has opened for applications.

The Refugee Festival Small Grants Fund is for groups and organisations that are run by people from refugee backgrounds, or support people seeking safety.

Small grants of up to £500 are available to help organisations across Scotland cover the cost of running events and activities as part of the festival.

The closing date for funding applications is 11.59pm on Sunday, 5 March.

To apply for funding, please:

IMPORTANT: Please don’t forget to send us your completed budget sheet!

What is Refugee Festival Scotland?

Refugee Festival Scotland brings people from different backgrounds together to share the art, culture and traditions that make our communities so colourful and diverse.

Events celebrate the food and drink, music and poetry, art, dance, language and ideas that people bring with them when they settle in Scotland.

This year, the festival runs from 16-25 June and the theme is hope. Now more than ever, people need hope in their lives.

In these dark times, people seeking safety in the UK are increasingly greeted with fear and hostility. Refugee Festival Scotland brings a glimmer of hope by shining a light on the cultural richness and diversity of our communities.

This year, we invite you to celebrate a shared understanding of what hope looks and feels like in many different forms. We’re looking for events that can inspire hope through music, dance, theatre, film, food, and visual art as well as words.

Events of all kinds are welcome, from art exhibitions, film screenings, concerts and creative workshops to sporting activities, community gatherings and family-friendly picnics.

In 2022, 63 grassroots groups and community organisations were awarded funding. You can read more about their events here.

If you would like to apply for funding, please send us your application by 11.59pm on Sunday, 5 March.
Rachel Lamb
Author: Rachel Lamb