To Absent Friends festival sets up community grants scheme

A small grants fund has been set up to support organisations to participate in this year’s To Absent Friends festival of storytelling and remembrance.

The festival runs from November 1-7 and gives people across Scotland an excuse to remember, to tell stories, to celebrate and to reminisce about people loved who have died.

The grants are for small organisations to undertake activities within their community that provide public opportunities for storytelling and/or remembrance of people who have died.

The range of ways in which organisations can participate is wide and varied. In previous years, events at the festival have included concerts, poetry nights, craft activities, memory sharing events, storytelling suppers, exhibitions and much more.

The To Absent Friends website gives ideas of how organisations can get involved, but the festival also encourages creative and innovative ideas that are appropriate to local groups and communities.

Grants are available for up to £250.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is Friday August 23. The festival will aim to inform applicants of whether or not they have been successful by the end of August.

A short grant application form and guidance notes for applicants are provided on the website: www.toabsentfriends.org.uk/