Cultural fund encourages local communities to get involved in Glasgow 2018


Monday, 12 February, 2018

A fund has opened for groups in East Dunbartonshire who want to produce cultural and arts activity in their local community, as part of Festival 2018 – the cultural programme for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.Image of children behind the glasgow 2018 logo

The Festival 2018 Our Place Fund and East Dunbartonshire Council are investing £15,000 in community groups across the area, with funding ranging from £100 to £1,000 available to create cultural events and arts activities which celebrate the people and talent in the local area.

The events must be free to enter and held in East Dunbartonshire between 30 June and 12 August 2018.

Glasgow 2018 – the biggest sporting event to take place in Scotland since the best ever Commonwealth Games – will unite sport and culture throughout the Championships from 2 to 12 August 2018.

East Dunbartonshire will stage part of the 2018 European Road Championships, giving sports fans an historic opportunity to see the best riders on the continent race past their doorsteps this summer - for free.

Applications to produce ambitious and diverse cultural events and activities to run alongside the sporting action are invited from all art-forms including music, carnival, visual art, theatre, dance, film, literature and performance.

The closing date for applications is 8 March, after that it will be up to the local community to decide which activities they would like to see on their doorstep. Residents will be able to vote online and in person for their favourite proposals to help shape Glasgow 2018’s cultural programme.

Glasgow 2018 Championships Director Colin Hartley said: “Glasgow 2018 promises to be one of the most exciting sporting and cultural events ever experienced in Scotland and there will be something for everybody to enjoy.

“We want as many people as possible to be part of this historic event – the first-ever of its kind – and this funding gives local communities the chance to create their own special moments during the Championships. Local groups can seize this opportunity to play a part in the action-packed cultural programme that is shaped by the people that live here.”

Thomas Glen, East Dunbartonshire Council's Depute Chief Executive - Place, Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets, said: “I hope as many community groups as possible apply for funding. Ideas could include family fun days, art workshops, cultural events, outdoor activities, carnival processions and more.

"Glasgow 2018 European Championships will be a celebration of inspiration and achievement. This is a chance to showcase the great community spirit which exists within East Dunbartonshire.”

The local funding will be split into three areas:

  • Kirkintilloch and surrounding villages
  • Bishopbriggs and surrounding villages
  • Milngavie and Bearsden

Non-constituted groups are advised to ask a constituted community organisation to back their application for this fund. There is no age limit, but under-18s must be linked to a constituted community organisation.

Application forms can be completed online or downloaded by visiting

You can request a printed application - and/or further information - by e-mailing or calling 0300 123 4510.

If you need advice, support to fill in the application or a printed form, please get in touch.

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