Support for festivals and events

Dumfries and Galloway Council is determined to make Dumfries and Galloway the best place in rural Scotland in which to plan, manage, deliver and visit great events. For more than fifteen years the Council has overseen the delivery of successive events strategies that have helped grow creative, memorable and sustainable festivals and events in our beautiful region.

Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the events directly funded and supported by our current events strategy - the Major Festivals and Events Strategy 2018-2021 - generated more than £8m per annum for the regional economy.  The region's Signature Events - our seven internationally renowned festivals and events (Big Burns Supper, D&G Arts Festival, the Scottish Rally, Spring Fling Open Artists' Studios Weekend, the Tour of Britain, Wigtown Book Festival and World Championship Ice Hockey in Dumfries) are responsible for generating more than 60% of these revenues.

Our Events Action Plan for financial year 2021/2022 can be downloaded here .

In 2021 we published our Community Events Toolkit, a guide to planning and delivering events in Dumfries and Galloway.  Our Council hopes that this publication will encourage our vibrant voluntary events sector to start planning smaller scale events once more, to assist with community and economic recovery from Covid-19.

Our Council funds the website dgculture.co.uk .  Do please check this website throughout the year for news and information on what is taking place at our Council's galleries and museums and our events calendar that lists all of the main festivals and events taking place in Dumfries and Galloway.

 

Community Events Toolkit

Dumfries & Galloway Council has updated its Events Toolkit in the light of the Coronavirus Pandemic to provide a practical, easy to use resource for Dumfries and Galloway's festivals and events organisers.  The new Community Events Toolkit includes template risk assessments that can be downloaded and amended for events projects such as Fun Runs and community concerts.  There is guidance on all aspects of events planning, including statutory responsibilities such as applying to the Council for licences when required and road or car park closures, and a host of helpful tips for your festivals and events project.

Icon for pdf Download the Community Events Toolkit [PDF - 10.66MB]

 

Icon for pdf Download Sample Risk Assessment - Fun Run [PDF - 90.55KB]

Icon for pdf Download Sample Risk Assessment - Outdoor Concert [PDF - 87.44KB]

Icon for excel Event Budget Template [XLS - 49KB]


Dumfries and Galloway Council's Major Festivals and Events Strategy funding programmes for financial year 2022/2023

Dumfries and Galloway Council has decided to extend the Major Festivals and Events Strategy 2018-2021 to cover an additional financial year, 2022/2023.  This decision was made at the Communities Committee of the Council on 7 December 2021.  The Strategy is led by our Council on behalf of a regional partnership that includes VisitScotland, Dumfries & Galloway Chamber of Commerce, Dumfries & Galloway Multicultural Association, Third Sector Dumfries & Galloway, the Crichton Trust and the events sector.  A new Events Strategy for Dumfries and Galloway, covering the period 2023-2026, is to be prepared for the Council, in consultation with the events sector and regional and national agencies, businesses and organisations, by September 2022.

An executive summary of the existing Strategy is available Icon for pdf here [PDF - 160.35KB] .

There are now two funding programmes open for events organisations to apply to, if they are seeking funding for events projects that take place between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023.  These funding programmes are the Community Events Fund and the Major Events Strategic Fund.


The Community Events Fund

Dumfries & Galloway Community Events Fund is to be continued for financial year 2022/2023 in recognition of the important role community festivals and events can play in support of community life and well being across Dumfries and Galloway.  The Fund provides an opportunity for the grant-supported festivals and events projects of 2021/2022 to apply for follow up funding, if these projects are to continue.  The Fund will also seek to support new and one-off events that provide one means of support for communities to come together to enjoy sport for health and well being, arts and culture, locally important heritage or community events.

The Community Events Fund has a total value of £40,000.  The maximum grant that can be requested is £2,000 and the minimum grant is £500.  Eligible festivals and events projects that are to take place between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023 will be considered for funding.  The Fund's total budget is reduced for financial year 2022/2023 and demand for support is likely to be high.

The Application Form and Guidance on the Fund can be accessed using the links below.  The deadline for applications is Friday 28 January at 5pm.

Icon for pdf Community Events Fund Criteria and Guidance 2022-2023 [PDF - 84.97KB]
Icon for word Community Events Fund application form 2022-2023 [DOC - 294.5KB]


The Major Events Strategic Fund

Dumfries & Galloway Major Events Strategic Fund has been introduced in recognition of the vibrant role festivals and events play in our regional quality of life and their value in the promotion of tourism and economic regeneration.  The aim of the Fund is to enhance and develop festivals and events across Dumfries and Galloway that are eligible for support via the Dumfries and Galloway Major Festivals and Events Strategy 2018-2021, now extended to cover financial year 2022/2023.  The Fund has a total value of £60,000.  Eligible festivals and events projects that are to take place between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023 will be considered for funding.

  • Major Events will be eligible for funding of up to £15,000.  Please note that grants of up to £15,000 will be rare, and only provided in exceptional circumstances.
  • The minimum grant that organisations can request is £2,000.
  • The intervention rate of this Fund is 30% - this means that applicants can request up to 30% of the total costs of the festival or event project seeking grant support.  Evidence of how the remaining 70% of the project costs will be secured is required.

The Application Form and Guidance on the Fund can be accessed using the links below.  The deadline for applications is Friday 28 January at 5pm.

Icon for pdf Major Events Strategic Fund Criteria and Guidance 2022-2023 [PDF - 77.51KB]
Icon for word Major Events Strategic Fund application form 2022-2023 [DOC - 399.5KB]


The Dumfries and Galloway Events and the Environment Charter

Dumfries and Galloway Council has worked with the UNESCO-designated Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere to produce an Events and the Environment Charter.  Our Council is requesting that all events organisations that secure funding from the Community Events Fund and Major Events Strategic Fund sign up to this Charter on a voluntary basis.  The Charter can be accessed Icon for pdf here [PDF - 122.45KB] .


For any enquires regarding the two funding programmes, or the Events and the Environment Charter, or if you wish to arrange to speak to a Council Officer regarding a possible application, please email events@dumgal.gov.uk.

Page last updated: 09/12/2021
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