Winter Festival Fund

Scotland’s Winter Festivals is a unique and distinctive programme of events designed to celebrate Scotland’s three national days – St Andrew’s Day, Hogmanay and Burns Night.

From toasting our patron saint on St Andrew’s Day, 30 November, to Burns Night on January 25, and with Hogmanay in between, Scotland’s Winter Festivals is designed to celebrate the spirit and fun of Scotland’s winter season, all warmed up, with a range of exciting events and activity throughout the country.

The programme brings people together from all over the world to celebrate Scotland’s heritage and modern culture and traditions through the best of Scottish music, arts, food and drink and entertainment.

EventScotland, part of VisitScotland, manages the Scotland’s Winter Festivals event fund.

The 2017/2018 Winter Festivals programme supported a dynamic range of 28* new and existing events across 17 Local Authority areas, with over 320,000 attendances. Last year, the programme extended its geographical reach into previously unsupported regions with events in of West Dunbartonshire, Shetland and Orkney.

Funding for 2018/2019 is now open for applications. There is a total fund of £315,000 available in 18/19 to support a range of events with a wide geographical spread across the three celebrations. EventScotland invites creative proposals from organisations to deliver enhanced activity that will reinforce the importance and amplify the celebration of St Andrew’s Day, Hogmanay or Burns Night. Applications can either be in support of an existing event or a brand new event concept.  

The application form is available on request. Please follow the link below for application guidelines and criteria information. Deadline for application is 5pm, Friday 18 May.   

For any enquiries about 2018/2019 events we recommend you call the office to discuss with one of the Event Managers within the team.  If you have received Scotland’s Winter Festivals funding before and have an allocated Event Manager then you should get in touch with them to discuss support in the first instance. If you have not received support previously please contact the EventScotland team on 0131 472 2313 or

Photo: Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2017 Midnight Moment by Robert Riciutti

*An Lanntair and The Scottish Storytelling Centre delivered activity across all three national days and Night at the Museum delivered activity on St Andrews Day and Burns Night.

Click here for more information on what to see and do during winter in Scotland >>

Click here for information on Scotland’s national days and wider partner activity >>


Funding is currently closed for the 2014-15 event programme.

If you have been funded through the programme previously and are looking to be involved again then you should contact your allocated event manager, otherwise you should get in touch with Rhona Corscadden, Senior Events Manager, on 0131 472 2316 or by emailing to discuss your event to see if it fits with the criteria for support.

Full application and criteria is available from your allocated event manager.

Download Application Guidelines.

Scotland’s Winter Festivals 2018/2019 event fund application deadline is 5pm, Friday 18 May.