The Refugee Festival Scotland Small Grants Fund is now closed. The deadline for applications was Sunday, 6 March.

What is the Refugee Festival Scotland Small Grants Fund?

Funding will be awarded by Scottish Refugee Council to enable grassroots groups and organisations to take part in Refugee Festival Scotland by helping them cover the cost of running events.

The Refugee Festival Scotland Small Grants Fund aims to help celebrate and highlight the contribution that refugee communities make to life in Scotland, while promoting and strengthening partnerships and connections.

What types of events and activities does the funding cover?

You can apply for a small grant to help you run all kinds of activities and events as part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

Any event is welcome, from visual art, film, music, dance and discussion to sport, storytelling, workshops, theatre and family-friendly picnics.

Who can apply for this funding?

  • The Refugee Festival Scotland Small Grants Fund is open to grassroots groups and community organisations that are led by refugees or focused on assisting refugee communities.
  • Your group or organisation can be located anywhere in Scotland.
  • You must be able to demonstrate in your application how refugees and/or people seeking asylum will be involved in the planning and delivery of your event.
  • We can only fund organisations that have a bank account. If you do not have a bank account, you could consider applying in partnership with an organisation that does.
  • Grants can only be awarded to groups and organisations. Applications from individuals will not be considered.


How much can my organisation apply for?

Your organisation can apply for a grant of up to £500 to help deliver arts, cultural or sporting events as part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

Funding criteria

To qualify for funding, your event must:

  • Take place between 17-26 June
  • Be open to the public
  • Fit with the theme of storytelling
  • Involve refugees and/or people seeking asylum in the planning and delivery
  • Bring communities together to celebrate refugee arts and culture
  • Help people from different backgrounds to connect and build understanding, solidarity and friendship


Judging criteria

Applications will be assessed by a panel of Scottish Refugee Council staff*, volunteers, and representatives from refugee communities.

The panel will consider the following:

  • Is your application form complete? Incomplete applications will not be awarded funding
  • How well does your application meet the funding criteria listed above?
  • Does your application demonstrate good budgeting, organisation and planning?
  • Innovation and partnership: Is your event idea fresh, different and creative? Are you working with other organisations to deliver your event?
  • The geographical spread of the Refugee Festival Scotland programme

*Please note that the Refugee Festival team can provide guidance on how to complete your funding application forms but will have no role in assessing the applications.

How can my organisation apply?

  • To apply for funding through the Refugee Festival Scotland Small Grants Fund, download a copy of the application form here.
  • Make sure you read the questions in the application form carefully and answer all sections in full.
  • Send your completed application form to, including the words "RFS Small Grants Fund" in the subject line
  • The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday, 6 March.
  • We may contact your organisation to discuss your application, so please ensure you provide contact details for an appropriate person.

What happens if our application for funding is successful?

If your application is successful, we will contact you in the week beginning Monday, 14 March*.

We then need you to:

  • Send us an invoice for the awarded amount by Friday, 18 March. Your invoice can take up to 10 working days to process
  • Please make sure that you provide the bank account details for your organisation on this invoice


You should then receive the payment via bank transfer by Friday, 1 April.

We ask that you keep us informed about your event and any changes that happen during planning so that we can update our website and listings.

*Please note we may not award the full amount that you have applied for.

What happens if our application for funding is unsuccessful?

If your application is unsuccessful, we will contact you by email by the end of March. The decision of the panel is final.