Grants to Build Connections Between Scottish Diaspora Communities

Scottish diaspora groups both in and outside of Scotland can apply for funding to deliver projects that increase visibility and build connections between Scottish diaspora communities.

The Scottish Government is offering grants of between £2,000 and £5,000 for Scottish diaspora groups both in and outside of Scotland to deliver projects that promote visibility and connect Scottish diaspora communities.

The Scottish Connections Fund is a pilot programme being delivered in line with the Scottish Connections Framework, which seeks to expand links and networks with Scottish people living elsewhere in the world, those with Scottish heritage, alumni of Scotland’s educational institutions, and people with professional, business, cultural, or other links to Scotland.

Funding is for new projects that:

  • Have a clear link to at least one commitment in the Scottish Connections Framework.
  • Bring together or contribute to interests across sectors of activity.
  • Increase the vibrancy, visibility, or connectivity between Scottish diaspora communities outside Scotland, or within Scotland.
  • Have a credible communications plan that promotes Scotland’s reputation as a place to live, work, visit, study, or do business.
  • Promote inclusion and diversity, such as working in historically marginalised communities and groups like minority ethnic Scots and LGBTQ communities or encouraging the participation of women and young people.
  • Where possible, are co-funded.

Funding can be used for costs directly related to the project, such as Venue hire, IT hardware or software, equipment, and travel or accommodation costs.

The deadline for applications is 8 November 2023.

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