Bòrd na Gàidhlig receives a Grant-in-Aid award from the Scottish Government for each financial year so that it can meet its aims and obligations.
It is through funding the main Gaelic organisations and other agreed contractors that the Bòrd carries out the majority of the work for which it is responsible. However, sometimes the Bòrd will award contracts to relevant individuals and organisations in order to accomplish a specific strategic goal, and the Bòrd also funds initiatives in partnership with other organisations. Bòrd na Gàidhlig distributes funding to public bodies who are drafting and implementing Gaelic language plans.
Bòrd na Gàidhlig runs funding schemes at different times through the year. However, if you have a proposal for a project at any time during the year when there is no suitable funding scheme open for applications, please contact us directly by email at email@example.com, or by phone on 01463 225 454.
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Funding is available through the following schemes:
Bòrd na Gàidhlig provides over £1.6M per annum in funding for organisations that help promote Gaelic usage, learning and status and help deliver the Bòrd’s Corporate Plan.
A summary of organisations that have agreed funding packages for 2019 to 2022 is available below:
|Organisation / Project||2019/20||2020/21||2021/22*||Total|
|Comunn na Gàidhlig & Comann nam Pàrant||£455,000||£463,700||£463,700||£1,382,400|
|Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig||£310,000||£314,741||£314,741||£939,482|
|Comhairle nan Leabhraichean||£179,000||£180,770||£180,770||£540,540|
|Fèisean nan Gàidheal||£140,000||£145,600||£145,600||£431,200|
|Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle||£103,500||£104,960||£104,960||£313,420|
|An Comunn Gàidhealach||£100,000||£100,850||£100,850||£301,700|
|Sabhal Mòr Ostaig – Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba||£80,000||£81,600||£81,600||£243,200|
|Sabhal Mòr Ostaig – Faclair na Gàidhlig||£75,000||£76,500||£76,500||£228,000|
|Theatre Gu Leòr||£55,000||£55,870||£55,870||£166,740|
|Cànan Graphics Studio – FilmG||£19,000||£19,000||£19,000||£57,000|
*2021/22 funding is agreed in principle depending on Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s grant-in-aid from the Scottish Government and the organisations’ progress.
COVID-19 Support Scheme
This scheme is currently closed.
Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s COVID-19 Support Fund seeks to provide Delivery Partners and other groups that deliver Gaelic projects with support in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funding is available to help organisations to continue their work online; to share resources and training; and to ensure the organisations are best-placed to recover from the current situation.
This scheme would specifically like to support projects that have originated because of COVID-19 that:
- Develop the capacity and effectiveness of organisations to respond to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the recover from it
- Develop new and strategic services/resources for the Gaelic community that can be delivered under movement restrictions / social distancing and/or that support Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s #cleachdiaigantaigh initiative
- Provide training and support, especially in the early years sector, that support Gaelic work during the pandemic and in the recovery from it
Applications may be made for up to a maximum of £20,000 and up to 80% of project costs, unless discussed and permitted by Bòrd na Gàidhlig officers.
Applications must be submitted by 3pm on Thursday 21 January 2020.
Full guidance and an application form can be found below:
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Gaelic Immersion Courses for Education Practitioners Grants 2021/22
This scheme is currently open for applications until Thursday 6 May 2021.
The Gaelic Immersion Courses for Education Practitioners grants scheme is now open for 2021/22 applications.
The scheme is designed to provide support for local authorities to sponsor qualified teachers or ELC practitioners, who have some Gaelic skills and are not currently teaching through the medium of Gaelic, to undertake a year-long Gaelic immersion course so that they subsequently teach through the medium of Gaelic for the local authority.
Guidelines for Applicants and an Application Form can be accessed on this page. If you have any questions please get in touch with Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s Education Manager, Joanne McHale, at email@example.com
Closing Date for Applications
Funding applications should be submitted to Bòrd na Gàidhlig as soon as possible before Thursday 6 May 2021 at 3pm. Late applications will be allowed subject to budget being available.
Gaelic Education Grants 2020/21
This scheme is currently closed for new applications
Bòrd na Gàidhlig has set up this fund to support those currently working towards a career in Gaelic teaching or Gaelic-medium teachers looking to develop their professional skills.
Who can apply?
We will consider applications for the 2020/21 academic year from:
- Students undertaking a PGDE in Gaelic Education (both Primary and Secondary – Gaelic as a subject and subjects through the medium of Gaelic)
- Students undertaking a Gaelic early years or Gaelic childcare course
- Students undertaking a Gaelic Education Undergraduate Degree, (BA, MA Education or MA Gàidhlig with Education)
- Teachers that are employed in a role relating to Gaelic-medium education that wish to undertake a course to develop their skills or qualified teachers looking to develop their skills to move into Gaelic-medium education
Closing Date for Applications
Funding applications should be submitted to Bòrd na Gàidhlig as soon as possible but no later than 3pm on Friday 4th September 2020. Bòrd na Gàidhlig WILL NOT ACCEPT applications which are received after this time.
If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with the Grants Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Years Education Grants 2020/21
This funding scheme is currently closed for new applications.
The Early Years Education Fund is specifically designed to be as accessible as possible to voluntary early years groups that support parents, families and children aged 0-3 years, to encourage and increase the day to day use of Gaelic, and to encourage continuity into Gaelic education.
It is important that any application clearly demonstrates that the group is open to, and for the benefit of the whole community.
The Early Years Fund is not open to applications from individuals.
Closing Date for Applications
Funding applications should be submitted to Bòrd na Gàidhlig as soon as possible but no later than 3pm on Thursday 16th July 2020. Bòrd na Gàidhlig WILL NOT ACCEPT applications which are received after this time.
Taic Freumhan Coimhearsnachd 2021/22
The 2021/22 scheme is currently closed, but if you have an enquiry about a project you’d like to run please email email@example.com.
The Taic Freumhan Coimhearsnachd funding programme was established to help community groups to undertake projects in support of the National Gaelic Language Plan.
Applications are now open for projects taking place between April 2021 and August 2022 that would help achieve the aims of the National Gaelic Language Plan and Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s 2018-23 Corporate Plan, especially by promoting the using Gaelic in the community.
Guidelines for applicants and an application form can be found below. If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing Date for Applications
Funding applications should be submitted to Bòrd na Gàidhlig as soon as possible but no later than 3pm on Thursday 14 January 2021. Bòrd na Gàidhlig WILL NOT ACCEPT applications which are received after this time.
Gaelic Language Act Implementation Fund (GLAIF) 2021/22
The 2021/22 scheme is now open until 22 April.
The Gaelic Language Act Implementation Fund (GLAIF) was established to help public authorities in the delivery of commitments in their Gaelic Language Plans, and in support of the National Gaelic Language Plan. GLAIF has also been used to assist other public authorities in the delivery of projects ahead of their formal notice to produce a Gaelic Language Plan.
This fund will support projects which will commence and be fully completed between 1st August 2021 and 31st August 2022 (alternative timelines can be proposed if discussed with Bòrd na Gàidhlig officers prior to submission). It is not anticipated at this stage that there will be any further GLAIF rounds for projects in the financial year 2021/22.
The scheme will support projects that look to achieve one of the following:
- Promoting Gaelic usage and building capacity for Gaelic development in the community, especially among young people
- Promoting the status, consistency and availability of Gaelic through the general services and communications of the authority
- Strengthening the Gaelic skills, promoting awareness of Gaelic and creating more opportunities to use Gaelic among public authorities and their staff
- Promoting the development and expansion of Gaelic education (GME and GLE) and adult learning of Gaelic
- Providing opportunities for young people to use Gaelic in the workplace and to develop work skills
The closing date for applications is 3pm on Thursday 22nd April 2021.
Guidelines for Applicants and an application form can be accessed below.
If you have any questions, or would like to book an online session to discuss proposed projects with Bòrd na Gàidhlig officers, please contact email@example.com.
This scheme is currently open until Thursday 11 February.
Colmcille is a partnership between Foras na Gaeilge in Ireland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig in Scotland. It fosters communication and collaboration between the language communities of Scottish and Irish Gaelic.
This year we are commemorating 1500 years since the birth of St Columba with a year of special events and projects.
Funding is available to help support projects which will bring Gaelic and Irish speakers together, and also for Gaelic speakers looking to undertake an Irish course.
Guidelines for Applicants and an Application Form can be found below, for either projects or Irish course support. If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Irish Course Support
Logo, Acknowledgement and Reports
If you receive funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig it is important that you recognise this support as part of your project. Please find below guidance as to how you can achieve this:
Download Bord na Gàidhlig’s logo in different forms here or at the links below:
When using Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s logo you should consult our Brand Guidelines to ensure correct usage.
All funding schemes will require the submission of either a Progress Report and/or a Final Report to help assessement of the project.
Templates of these reports can be found below: