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Year of Stories 2022 - Community Stories Fund

Organisations and groups working with communities have been awarded up to £5000 to take part in and celebrate Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022, with new, creative events, activities and programming, spotlighting stories inspired by, created, or written in Scotland.

About Scotland's Year of Stories 2022

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This fund is now closed. 

2022 has been designated Scotland’s Year of Stories. This will be a year in which stories inspired by, created, or written in Scotland will be showcased and celebrated.

The love of stories is hardwired into us all; it is one of the strongest ways we connect with one another and share our experiences. Great stories, well told, can evoke indelible images in our minds and bring contemporary and traditional cultures to life. Every culture has its stories to tell, and Scotland has a particularly rich heritage of stories and storytelling to spotlight and celebrate. These include our local tales, oral traditions, great stories told in books or on screen – all inspired by our country, our culture and reflected back by many diverse voices and across the widest range of forms. Stories are vital to every part of Scotland. Every community has its own tales to tell, places to highlight as inspiration for well-known books and films, visitor attractions that showcase our literary and storytelling heritage and all kinds of places and spaces where stories, old and new, can be enjoyed.

Scotland’s stories reflect who we are and shape how others see us. 2022 gives us the opportunity to work in partnership to further harness this powerful means to engage and thereby inspire locals and visitors to discover, celebrate and share their own stories of Scotland.

About the fund

The Community Stories Fund is supporting organisations and community groups to take part in and celebrate Scotland’s Year of Stories, spotlighting the unique stories that matter to them with new, creative events, activities and programming. 

There are five cross cutting Year of Stories 2022 (YS22) programme strands:

  • ICONIC STORIES AND STORYTELLERS

Across literature, screen and entertainment, YS22 will celebrate and showcase Scotland’s wealth of treasured and iconic stories and storytellers from classics to the contemporary.

  • NEW STORIES

We want to shout about Scotland’s new and untold stories. YS22 will shine a light on emerging, fresh and forward-looking talent and highlight the innovators that break boundaries across all forms of storytelling.

  • SCOTLAND’S PEOPLE AND PLACES

Our people and places have inspired the widest range of stories and storytellers across the world. YS22 will promote how Scotland’s diverse culture, languages, landscapes and ways of life, urban and rural, provide a source for all types and forms of stories, encouraging visitors and audiences to find out more. 

  • LOCAL TALES AND LEGENDS

Every community has its distinct tales to tell, stories of now and those passed through the generations. These are the stories we tell ourselves and share with others to make sense of time and place. YS22 will provide the opportunity for every part of Scotland to tell its story. 

  • INSPIRED BY NATURE

Our encounters with nature are an unfailing source of stories, old and new. Whether by the sea or land, along rivers or through woods, in city and country, we discover stories of birds, insects, animals and plants. Stories that connect us to the natural world can help create a more sustainable future for Scotland, and a greener planet.

This fund is being delivered in partnership between VisitScotland and Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund, thanks to National Lottery players, to enable the themed year to have an increased impact throughout the country and support local attractions, museums, venues, artists, creatives and tourism networks.

Museums Galleries Scotland is administering the fund on behalf of the partnership.

Awards

This fund is now closed. 

Applicants of the second round of funding were notified of decisions by 29 April 2022.

Information For Grant Holders

If your application was successful, you will receive an offer of award letter in digital format, which you will need to formally accept, thereby entering into a funding agreement with us. This letter will set out the full terms and conditions of the funding.

You will be expected to participate in VisitScotland’s Themed Year Marketing and PR campaign and to collect information about your activities so that you can report project outcomes.

Payment of the grant will be made on formal acceptance of any award offered and you will be asked to provide evidence of project expenditure with your final report.   

We have put together full guidance on how to manage your grant through MGS Online from accepting your award to submitting your final report.  Please see the document “Guidance for successful applicants” below. 

 

If You Were Unsuccessful

Unfortunately we were not able to support all applications. The decisions of the assessment panel are final, and as a result of the high number of applications submitted we are not able to provide individual feedback.

Should your plans still go ahead, or you have other public-facing activities planned that align well with the themes, there is still the opportunity to be part of the celebrations by joining the Year of Stories 2022 Partner Events Programme. Themed Years aim to promote the widest programme of activity and, alongside our funded events, the partner programme enables events to be part of the celebrations. It provides access to free marketing tools such as the logo, promotional copy, video content and the benefit of an event listing on VisitScotland.com and any relevant opportunities to be part of the wider VisitScotland marketing and PR campaign for the year.

More information on the Partner Events Programme can be found online at VisitScotland.com

More Information

Contact

Our Grants Team are available at: grants@museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk

Please note, for technical support with using MGS Online, you should email support@seriouslabz.com.

Additional Information

The Year of Stories works closely with a wide range of partners. Applicants should also be aware of existing potential funding opportunities related to our Stories theme from partner organisations. For example:

  • Book Week Scotland is an annual celebration of books and reading that takes place across the country each November. The festival invites organisations to apply for a grant of up to £500 to plan and deliver their Book Week Scotland event or activity.  Applications for grants for the 2022 edition will be invited from March 2022. Join the Scottish Book Trust newsletter for updates: https://www.scottishbooktrust.com/about/newsletters