Information Session – Director of Education

Tuesday 27 April, 19.30-20.00, Microsoft Teams

Bòrd na Gàidhlig welcomes professionals with an interest in the Director of Education post to an information session with the Director of Education (present), Education Manager and Ceannard (CEO).

This is an informal opportunity to find out more about the job and the responsibilities of the education team

The session will be streamed live on Teams with the option to post questions in the chat box function.

Register through Eventbrite to take part:

Should you have any questions regarding the session, please send an email to

As this is a Gaelic essential post, the event will be in Gaelic.


You can find a full Job Description and Application Form for the post here.

New partnership between Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Community Land Scotland

A new partnership between Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Community Land Scotland announces funding for Gaelic development by island community landowners, heritage and other trusts

With some 75% of the people living on community owned land in the Western Isles, and strong links between land, community and Gaelic language and culture, the National Plan for Gaelic contains a commitment to establish a fund, in conjunction with Community Land Scotland (CLS), which supports strengthening the use of Gaelic.  This fund contributes to three Scottish Government strategies – increasing the use of Gaelic, community land ownership and community empowerment.

This pilot, agreed by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, will provide funding at three levels – up to £5,000, up to £15,000 and up to £30,000, with total funding of £125,000 altogether.  The scheme will be open to community trusts, not just land-based, in the Western Isles and the islands of Highland and Argyll & Bute Council areas.   Each trust will be required to create a simple plan which shows how their work will increase the use, learning and promotion of Gaelic in their areas.

Decisions on funding will be made by a panel of representatives drawn from different areas and sectors.  In this way, the scheme will ensure community-based decision-making.

The first stage in the pilot will be the recruitment of an officer who will work with CLS to both strengthen Gaelic in CLS’s own work and its membership and to support applicants to develop and deliver Gaelic development projects.

Mary MacInnes, Chair of Bòrd na Gàidhlig, said:

“This scheme demonstrates Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s long-standing commitment to the Gaelic communities of the islands and the strengths that are well-demonstrated by community groups.

We are pleased to be working in partnership with such a well-regarded organisation as Community Land Scotland and the community trusts which are so important in linking land, language and culture.”

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:

“Gaelic language and culture is embedded in many of our rural areas and it is essential that we find new ways to protect and support those living in these communities.

“I welcome this new initiative by Bord na Gàidhlig and Community Land Scotland which I am sure will benefit those living and working in our Gaelic communities.”

Ailsa Raeburn, Chair, Community Land Scotland said:

“At Community Land Scotland, we welcome working in partnership with others to strengthen the community sector across Scotland. This exciting new partnership with Bord na Gàidhlig will help community landowners and heritage trusts across the islands, strengthen and celebrate their Gaelic culture and language and we are really looking forward to seeing a good range of innovative ideas coming forwards.”

£90k awarded to community projects across Scotland

Bòrd na Gàidhlig (BnG) are pleased to announce that they are awarding £89,520 to community based projects in Scotland through their Taic Freumhan Coimhearsnachd (TFC) funding scheme.

The TFC funding scheme was established to help community groups to undertake projects in support of the National Gaelic Language Plan.

35 projects are to be funded by the TFC scheme for the year 2021-22.

The successful projects include Gaelic language classes, Mòd and Comann nam Pàrant groups and projects which aim to support the Gaelic language. The projects are being run across the country, covering areas such as Inverclyde, Aberdeen, Stirling and the Highlands and Islands. Organisations such as Fèis Taigh Dhonnchaidh, the Staffin Trust and Rural Nations Scotland are planning to run projects with support from the funding scheme.

David Boag, Director of Language Planning and Community Development said:
“The Taic Freumhan Coimhearsnachd scheme contributes significantly to the National Gaelic Language Plan’s aim of increasing the use of Gaelic, by more people, in more situations. We are very pleased to be supporting a wide range of projects and areas which will be increasing the use and learning of Gaelic in communities across the country.

“We understand that Covid-19 has had an impact on the work that groups do in their own communities and much of that work is done online just now. We believe that this way of working will have to continue for now, however we look forward to the return of face-to-face events and projects in the coming year.

“We would like to send our sincere thanks to everyone who is working hard in their communities to increase the use of Gàidhlig in what is a challenging time and we hope that this funding will be very helpful in areas across Scotland.”

The scheme was open for 9 weeks between 10 November 2020 and 15 January 2021.

A full list of successful projects can be found here.

Bòrd na Gàidhlig seeks new Head of Finance and Corporate Affairs

Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the public body responsible for promoting Gaelic language and culture, is seeking to appoint a new Head of Finance and Corporate Affairs. This role will be important in ensuring effective use of public funds and good governance.

The post holder will be responsible for leading the corporate team at Bòrd na Gàidhlig, developing and controlling policies and systems for public funds and for good governance in the organisation. They will also be response for BnG’s Improvement Plan, the way in which the organisation embeds continuous improvement.

Mairi T MacInnes, Chair of Bòrd na Gàidhlig said: “The successful candidate will have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to directing the organisation’s budget towards the most effective priorities and to continue the development of the organisation, following the progress that has been made over the past two years.

“We work closely with the Scottish Government, public bodies, delivery partners and community groups as well as internal and external auditors. The post is both varied and stimulating for the successful candidate who will possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to take forward this work.”

Applications should be submitted to by 5pm on Monday 29th March 2021 and interviews will be held online on Tuesday 13th April 2021. The salary is at C1 scale, which starts at £48,930.

You’ll find the job description and application form here.

If you would like more information about the post and to discuss it informally, please contact the Ceannard, Shona MacLennan at
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Bòrd na Gàidhlig seeks new Director of Gaelic Education

Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the public body responsible for promoting Gaelic language and culture, is seeking to appoint a new Director of Gaelic Education. This role will be important for Scotland in early years and school education and adult learning.

The post holder will be responsible for developing strategic direction for the BnG’s education policy, advising Bòrd na Gàidhlig itself, Scottish Government and other education and learning providers such as local authorities on the BnG’s aims for developing Gaelic education and learning.

Mairi T MacInnes, Chair at Bòrd na Gàidhlig said: “The successful candidate will have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the Gaelic education at all levels – from early years’ provision to adult learning via statutory education and digital technology.

“We work closely with the Scottish Government, Education Scotland and other public bodies, universities and colleges and community groups and the Director of Gaelic Education is at the heart of ensuring this partnership working is successful. The post will be both rewarding and stimulating for the successful candidate who will possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to take forward Gaelic education policy.”

Applications should be submitted to by 5pm on Monday 22nd March 2021 and interviews will be held online on Wednesday 7th April 2021. The salary is at C2 scale, which starts at £64,057.

You’ll find the job description and application form here.

If you would like more information about the post and to discuss it informally, please contact the Ceannard, Shona MacLennan at

Cross-party Group on Gaelic: Scottish Parliament Election 2021

The next meeting of the Cross Party Group on Gaelic will be on Monday 15 February, 19.00-20.15, and will cover the topic of the Scottish Parliament Election 2021.

Register here

Bòrd na Gàidhlig (BnG) is the secretariat of The Cross-Party Group on Gaelic . The group meets at least twice a year, and is hosted by Chair Alasdair Allan (MSP).

We’ve invited each political party to the meeting and each representative will have the opportunity to talk about what they think the priorities are for Gaelic during the next parliamentary term of 2021 to 2026 and answer questions.

Agenda 15.02.2021

If you have a question for the political party representatives then please send this to

Gaelic Community Officers Network – Open for tender

Following on from various conversations with Gaelic organisations who expressed the view that more direct support for encouraging and supporting the use of Gaelic was required in the traditional communities, Bòrd na Gàidhlig now wants to establish a pilot project to increase the impact of the work of the Gaelic officers and provide them with increased support and development.

There is a growing number of third sector organisations which employ Gaelic officers working with various communities in Scotland. Many of these roles are funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig along with other public bodies, and many of the officers are the sole Gaelic officer within a wider organisation.

Should any organisations wish to submit an application to tender for the delivery of this pilot, they must register with Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) and then email to let us know that this has been done. The tender closes at 12pm, 2 February 2021.

Bord na Gàidhlig annual report reveals key successes

Bòrd na Gàidhlig achieved a year of successes, the organisation’s 2019-20 report has revealed. Bòrd na Gàidhlig (BnG) has also come in for praise from their external auditors.

The non-departmental public body has continued its work with delivery partners to increase the use, learning and promotion of Gaelic throughout Scotland, in urban areas and in the traditional communities. An increase of £0.04m of funding to £1.8m has enabled further work in 2019/20.

During the year, one of the exciting new projects established was #Cleachdi, which attracted interest from people of all ages. It is a campaign to encourage more people to use Gaelic more often in more situations, and reflects the overall aim of the current National Gaelic Language Plan. The impressive total of 13.8k promotional items were requested and distributed within the first 4 months of the initiative.

The original scheme then expanded into #Cleachdiaigantaigh / #Useitathome to encourage everyone to use Gaelic at home and, in particular, to support young people during lockdown. This has been valuable in homes where little Gaelic was spoken and this work continues, adding value to language learning.

Mary MacInnes, chair of BnG, said: “We have had an extremely productive year as is evident in the report. The organisation delivered many significant outputs and benefits for Gaelic during that year and made considerable improvements internally. This stood us in good stead at the time of lockdown and as a strong and confident team we faced the challenges of COVID.”

Highlights from 2019-20 report include:

• A significant increase in the number of public authorities developing and implementing Gaelic Language Plans – with a jump from 57 to 68 public authorities
• The stakeholders survey demonstrated that 83% agreed with the view that BnG fulfils its duties effectively and provides support.
• Internal systems were, and are continuing to be, improved with the result that 80% of staff reported that their work was satisfying and made a difference.
• 7 of the 9 KPIs in our Corporate Plan were achieved.
• 73 out of the 85 actions in our Operational Plan were achieved, 8 were partially completed in-year, and the 4 remaining completed post-year end
• An increased range of Gaelic officers in island and rural areas were funded
• An increase in funding to Gaelic hubs in cities to support increased demand for Gaelic.

Bòrd na Gàidhlig has also found praise following substantial improvements to leadership and governance, according to its latest annual report.

The organisation’s 2019-20 report highlighted that external auditors have credited the body for the strides it has taken following the implementation of a stringent improvement plan over the past 12 months.

Shona MacLennan, Ceannard (CEO) of BnG, said: “This was heartening and has given increased vigour to our continuous improvement processes. This year has seen a number of key successes for Bòrd na Gàidhlig. We have made significant strides in developing our organisation and this has ensured we have furthered the development of Gaelic in Scotland.”

The improvement plan identified development in four key areas – governance and transparency, training and development, communications, and value for money. Improvements have also focused upon the internal systems of Bòrd na Gàidhlig, in addition to the continued good work with stakeholders.

Mary MacInnes added: “While this concerning situation regarding COVID-19 continues to have considerable impact on Gaelic there are also fresh opportunities emerging. We aim to ensure progress and security for Gaelic in these unprecedented times through collaboration throughout the country. The many successes to date lay firm foundations for further development and this will require additional funding for Gaelic. By being bold and innovative, we can achieve many powerful and ambitious steps in building Gaelic’s place in a new and different Scotland, with Bòrd na Gàidhlig leading the way.”

Read Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s annual report 2019-20 here

Notes to Editors
• Bòrd na Gàidhlig received a total Grant-in-Aid allocation of just under £5.2 million in 19/20 – the financial allocation Bòrd na Gàidhlig is required to operate within by Scottish Ministers.
• £1.6 million covered core running costs, while £2.5 million went to Gaelic development funds – including community funding for people, projects and groups – and £1.1 million towards the Gaelic Language Plans Implementation Fund.


Today Bòrd na Gàidhlig launches an online questionnaire to collate ideas on what should be in the next National Gaelic Language Plan. The current National Gaelic language plan (NGLP) runs from 2018 to 2023, with the aim that the new plan will be published in 2023.

One of the key responsibilities of Bòrd na Gàidhlig under the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 is to prepare the National Gaelic language plan every 5 years, before submitting it to Scottish Ministers seeking approval.

The aim is to publish a draft of the next NGLP for a 3-month period of public consultation in Autumn 2021.

Daibhidh Boag, Director of Language Planning and Community Developments said, “At this point we are aiming to collect ideas from different people on their priorities for Gaelic development in the years to come.

“Important conversations are taking place just now about Gaelic development and this online questionnaire gives people from communities across the country the opportunity to take part.

“The results of this questionnaire will be used as a firm basis for the draft plan which will go out for public consultation for three months towards the end of next year, where the public will once more get the opportunity to give their views.”

The questionnaire is available on Microsoft Forms
(You can a request a copy in Microsoft Word or PDF format from

This questionnaire will be open until Monday 25th of January 2021.


Monday 7th December 2020 marks the beginning of Colmcille 1500, a year-long commemoration of 1500 years since the birth of St. Columba and of his legacy. The year will begin and end on the 7th December, the traditional birthday of the saint.

Colmcille 1500 is being sponsored and facilitated by the partnership programme ‘Colmcille’ run by Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Foras na Gaeilge linking Irish and Scottish Gaelic communities.

The monastic communities founded by Columba interacted over centuries with a wide range of peoples in Ireland in Scotland and northern England, and beyond, into continental Europe. The year will be celebrated in many different ways by diverse communities and organisations. Some will focus on the spiritual and religious legacy of the saint; some will be interested in the historical and archaeological angle; whilst others will celebrate the linguistic and cultural links between the Gaels across the globe.

Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Foras na Gaeilge will focus on the linguistic and cultural links between nations, with a range of events planned for launch week including:

• A series of video messages from individuals, groups and organisations celebrating Colmcille 1500 will be shared on the Colmcille Facebook page and on
• An online cèilidh will be held on the Colmcille Facebook page to celebrate and showcase both languages, music and culture.
• Bòrd na Gàidhlig will launch their Colmcille fund. This is an annual fund which is open to everyone and supports projects which look to strengthen ties between Gaelic speakers in Scotland and Ireland.

Shona MacLennan, Ceannard (CEO) of Bòrd na Gàidhlig said, “Saint Columba and his legacy have shaped the language, culture and history of Scotland and Ireland and as such, the year is an opportunity to strengthen the ties between the two countries. We look forward to more events throughout the year, with a key event being planned around the Feast of St Columba on the 9th of June 2021. I encourage everyone to take part in these and celebrate in any way they can.”

Some of the events planned for the year of Colmcille 1500 include:
• Showcase Scotland will create a short promotional video about Gaelic in Scotland, with funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig. This will be aimed at promoters of festivals and cultural events from abroad. There will also be an online reception/presentation (akin to the live Gaelic Showcase in years gone by).
• Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Foras na Gaeilge will encourage Gaelic medium schools to connect through projects from both sides of the Irish Sea.
• Bòrd na Gàidhlig are in talks with delivery partners to create a new online resource for schools which will teach basic phrases in Scottish Gaelic and Irish so that children (and adults) can connect in the language.
• Throughout the year, CHARTS, the Argyll based Scottish culture & heritage organisation, will announce the winners of their monthly arts award scheme and online exhibition to profile and support Gaelic artists work, aligned to themes of Colmcille: .

Seán Ó Coinn, Príomhfheidhmeannach Fhoras na Gaeilge said, “With so much emphasis globally on that which separates us, celebrating Colmcille’s legacy in 2021 presents us with a welcome opportunity to accentuate common linguistic and cultural linkages between Ireland and Scotland, and Ireland, north and south. The commemoration planned for 2021 will also allow us to follow in Colmcille’s footsteps and celebrate his linguistic and cultural legacy beyond these islands.

“I look forward to new partnerships between schools, to new contacts between all generations, to new discoveries about the legacy of Colmcille, and to using that legacy of to further revival of local communities.”

In addition to the annual schemes that foster connections between Irish and Scottish Gaelic, Foras na Gaeilge hopes, shortly to announce an additional community funding programme to heighten awareness of Colmcille and his contribution to the linguistic and cultural links between Ireland and Scotland.

Visit for details on events.

Join us on social media through the #Colmcille1500 and #Colmcille hashtags and connect with the diverse Colmcille community online. Follow us on Instagram @Colmcille and like @Colmcille1500 on Facebook to keep updated on all our latest news.