Funding from Festival 2018 available for groups in East Dunbartonshire

A participatory budgeting process has opened for groups in East Dunbartonshire 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 and East Dunbartonshire Council are investing £15,000 in community groups across the area through the Your Community Fund, with funding ranging from £100 to £1,000 available to create cultural events and arts activities which celebrate the people and talent in the local area.

The closing date for applications is 8 March, after that it will be up to the local community to decide which activities they would like to see on their doorstep. There are two ways for people to vote for their favourite projects: Online at throughout February, or in person at a Decision Event in March.

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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.

East Dunbartonshire will stage part of the 2018 European Road Championships, giving sports fans an historic opportunity to see the best riders on the continent race past their doorsteps this summer - for free.

Applications to produce ambitious and diverse cultural events and activities to run alongside the sporting action are invited from all art-forms including music, carnival, visual art, theatre, dance, film, literature and performance.

All the applications which meet the criteria for the fund will be listed online. Applicants will be invited to the Decision Event for their area where they will be able to share the proposal with other groups and interested people in the community. There will be space to display photos, drawings or anything else to give people an idea of the project. Key Dates:

  • Tuesday 12th December 2017 Applications open.
  • Thursday 8th March 2018 Applications close at 5pm.
  • 2th to 25th March Online Voting available
  • 26th to 28th March Decision Days

The local funding will be split into three areas:

  • Kirkintilloch and surrounding villages
  • Bishopbriggs and surrounding villages
  • Milngavie and Bearsden

Non-constituted groups are advised to ask a constituted community organisation to back their application for this fund. There is no age limit, but under-18s must be linked to a constituted community organisation.

Application forms can be completed online or downloaded by visiting

You can request a printed application - and/or further information - by e-mailing sends e-mail)or calling 0300 123 4510.