Including its many islands, Scotland boasts a hugely varied coastline and a rich offering of inland waters in both rural and urban settings. Our coasts and waters are vital elements of our landscape and are greatly valued by communities and visitors alike. Scotland’s diverse coastal scenery, ranging from dramatic cliffs and sea stacks to gleaming white beaches, offers an unparalleled range of experiences from water sports to whale watching and island hopping. Our lochs, rivers and canals also play an important part in the visitor experience, offering boat trips, fishing opportunities and activity holidays, while the many nature reserves across the country are home to a tremendous variety of flora, fauna and wildlife. Scotland’s coasts and waters have shaped our history: from fishing and textiles to whisky and wave power, they have influenced our culture, our stories, our way of life.

Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 Events Programme Open Fund

Scotland’s annual events portfolio offers a wide range of events and festivals that provide a variety of opportunities to engage with our coasts and waters.

To add to this already rich and diverse programme of existing events, the dedicated Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 (YCW2020) Events Programme Open Fund has been designed to create new, high profile opportunities to celebrate our coasts and waters whilst adding value to the existing calendar of events. The funded events programme will create new opportunities for responsible participation, celebration and promotion of the key themes.

The four programme strands that we invite events to respond to and celebrate are:

  1. Our Natural Environment and Wildlife
  2. Our Historic Environment and Cultural Heritage
  3. Activities and Adventure
  4. Food and Drink

A total Open Fund of £600,000 has been made available across two funding rounds.

Applications for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are invited.

Round 1 was for events that are already in design and development where applicants were in a position to be part of the first programme announcement planned for Spring 2019.The deadline for receipt of applications for Round 1 has now passed.

Round 2 applicants should be in a position to be part of the Autumn 2019 programme announcement. The deadline for receipt of applications for Round 2 is 5pm Friday 7 June 2019.

The YCW2020 Events Programme Open Fund is now OPEN and receiving applications from the events and festivals sector across Scotland.

Events interested in applying for support should first familiarise themselves with the Guidance and Criteria document below.

Potential applicants must contact EventScotland on 0131 472 2313 / to discuss their proposal in advance of preparing an application. If you are currently supported by EventScotland, please speak to your allocated Event Manager in the first instance for advice.



 It is currently planned that the United Kingdom will soon leave the European Union (EU). This event is commonly known as 'Brexit'.

Leaving the EU means a number of changes that will affect businesses and individual citizens.

Although there are still unknowns regarding Brexit, charities should prepare themselves as best they can.

Here are some useful links that charity trustees might find useful -

  • The Scottish Government’s Brexit page here.
  • Information from the Scottish Government on how Brexit may affect different organisations like businesses here.
  • The latest information from the UK Government on Brexit here.
  • The UK Government's EU Exit page here.
  • SCVO’s Europe and the Third Sector page here.
  • The Information Commissioner's Advice on Brexit and data protection here.
  • The Civil Society Brexit Alliance is a group that's been funded to coordinate a sector response here.

The Accounts Commission is the independent public watchdog for holding councils to account for their spending and performance.

This is an exciting time for the Accounts Commission, with a number of developments shaping its work.  There are radical changes in the public sector – including councils, health service and other national bodies – to enable it to best address the challenges facing Scotland. The next two years will see the Commission undertake a significant review of how it reports on council performance, provides assurance to the public, and helps councils to improve.

Remuneration: £279.18 per day 

Location: Edinburgh

Closing date: Tuesday 23 April 2019

For further information of this appointment, please see here.

The Scottish Government’s Children and Families Directorate launched their Children’s Services Planning: Provision of Statutory Guidance Consultation on Monday 25th March. The consultation aims to test whether the existing Statutory Guidance contained within Part 3, Children’s Services Planning, of The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 continues to be relevant, helpful and fit for purpose and to see whether this needs to be adapted, changed or improved.

 The link to the consultation can be found here and the consultation closes on 17th June 2019.

Small grants from this fund are offered to communities/community groups in association with the Partnership’s Living Well Delivery Group. The funding is available to support the establishment and/or development of new and innovative activities in local communities that will help to keep people with long term health conditions, including older people, active and socially engaged.

For more information or to submit an application form please contact Meghan McEwen at or post your completed application to Voluntary Action Orkney, 6 Bridge Street, Kirkwall, KW15 1HR marked ICF.

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