Cultural fund encourages local communities to get involved in Glasgow 2018

Community groups can apply to the Festival 2018 Our Place Fund
Community groups in Glasgow can now apply to the Festival 2018 Our Place Fund

A fund has opened today for groups in Glasgow 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.

The Festival 2018 Our Place Fund is investing £60,000 in community groups across Glasgow who want to create cultural events and arts activities which celebrate the people and talent in their local area.

The activities will help bring people and places together to create and deliver parts of the Festival 2018 programme directly into local communities to celebrate the first ever European Championships.

Applications to produce ambitious and diverse cultural events and activities are invited from community groups and can involve all art-forms including music, carnival, visual art, theatre, dance, film, literature and performance.

The fund closes on 29 January 2018 and it will then be up to the people of Glasgow 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 – 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.

Festival 2018 will run alongside the sporting action and into many parts of Scotland, to offer an exciting cultural experience to residents and the thousands of athletes, visitors and media who will be in Scotland for the first-ever European Championships.

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.”

Applications can be made at

The fund will be extended to support community groups in each of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships local host areas including Perth and Kinross, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and North Lanarkshire, with a total of £125,000 invested in local cultural activity across the Championships.

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