Bòrd na Gàidhlig Reopens Colmcille Funding scheme for 2023

Constituted organisations based in Scotland or Ireland can apply for funding to deliver community projects that will bring Gaelic and Irish speakers together.

Grants of up to £12,500 are available to support community projects and individuals in both Scotland and Ireland that help to enrich, use, and strengthen Scottish and Irish Gaelic by working in partnership.

Through the Colmcille Funding Scheme, a total of £75,000 is available for projects that:

  • Promote the use of Gaelic or Irish through the arts
  • Use the heritage to bring Gaelic/Irish communities together and promote the status of the languages.
  • Bring young speakers of Gaelic and Irish together through events and school projects/trips.
  • Promote communication and share of knowledge and best practice among Gaelic and Irish speakers.

Proposed activities should also demonstrate support for the aims of Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s Corporate Plan 2018-23:

  • Increasing Gaelic usage
  • Increasing the learning of Gaelic
  • Promoting a positive image of Gaelic

Priority will be given to Gaelic/Irish-medium provision, but applications will also be accepted from voluntary community groups, public bodies, local authorities, and other groups.

The fund will support projects that will start between 1 April and 31 December 2023 and will be fully completed by 31 August 2024.

The deadline for applications is 16 February 2023 (15:00).

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