Bòrd na Gàidhlig Accepting Applications for Gaelic Early Years Grants Scheme in 2023

Early years support groups throughout Scotland can apply for funding to deliver Gaelic sessions for young children aged 0 to 3 throughout the 2023/24 school year

Bòrd na Gàidhlig is offering grants of up to £15,000 for voluntary and third sector early years groups looking to deliver sessions for children aged 0 to 3 years through the medium of Gaelic.

Through the Early Years Grants Fund, a total of £120,000 is available to enable groups to encourage and increase the day-to-day use of Gaelic and achieve one or more of the following objectives:

  • Ensure that children and families have sustained access to Gaelic early years provision.
  • Increase the number of children continuing with Gaelic-medium learning at key transition stages.
  • Help more families in Scotland become aware of the benefits of bilingualism and the opportunities offered by Gaelic-medium education.
  • Help parents become better informed on resources and opportunities to support and interact with their children through Gaelic in homes and communities.

There are two levels of funding available:

  • Grants of up to £5,000 are available for groups delivering only one session per week.
  • Grants of up to £15,000 are available for groups delivering more than one session per week. 

This fund will cover up to 80% of the total project costs associated with the delivery of Gaelic-medium sessions for young children. All playleaders supported through this fund should be fluent Gaelic speakers and must be paid at least the Scottish Living Wage. If this fund is oversubscribed, priority will be given to costs for wages of Gaelic-speaking playleaders, renting venues, and venue costs.

Funded activities should commence from 1 August 2023 and be fully completed by 10 July 2024.

The deadline for applications is 13 July 2023 (15:00).

(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)