Two small grants are available to help organisations to participate in To Absent Friends, a people’s festival of storytelling and remembrance, taking place across Scotland from Wednesday 1st – Tuesday 7th November.
To Absent Friends is an annual festival that offers individuals, organisations and communities a chance to celebrate and remember those who have died, through stories, celebrations and acts of reminiscence. The festival is run by the Good Life Good Death Good Grief initiative, a collective of organisations working to make Scotland more open about death, dying and bereavement.
In previous years, festival events have included concerts, music nights, exhibitions, immersive theatre and spoken word performances.
The festival now welcomes grant applications from any group that wishes to hold an event for the festival.
Approaches to the concept are likely to be varied, and are not restricted to the types of events held in previous years. Creative and innovative ideas which provide public opportunities for storytelling and/or remembrance within local communities are encouraged.
The Grants for To Absent Friends Concerts fund has been established to enable community music groups to put on To Absent Friends concerts. The maximum sum available through this programme is £350.
The Grants for Organisations fund has been set up to support organisations to participate in To Absent Friends, with a particular focus on supporting small organisations to undertake local activities that provide public opportunities for storytelling and/or remembrance of people who have died. The maximum sum available through this programme is £250.
The deadline for applications to both funds is Wednesday 23rd August.
For further information on the grants, please visit the grants scheme webpage of the Good Life Good Death Good Grief website. For further information regarding the festival, visit the To Absent Friends website.
Alternatively, contact Robert Peacock by phone: 0131 272 2735, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org