FORMALLY announced at British Marine Scotland’s trade reception held after the opening day of Scotland’s Boat Show, the concept of ‘Year of Coasts and Waters 2020’ was explained by Torquil Macleod of EventScotland.

With a £1 million budget and a working group led by a steering group firmly in place, the initiative to create a raft of special events is taking shape and all marine businesses and sailing clubs can participate.

Basically, ‘Coasts and Waters 2020’ aims to spotlight, celebrate and promote events and festivals for everyone to experience and enjoy Scotland’s unrivalled coasts and waters – salt and fresh water, revealed EventScotland project leader Torquil.

And an Events Programme Open Forum is now active, designed to create new opportunities to celebrate Scotland’s Coasts and Waters, whilst adding value to the exciting calendar of events.

A total Open Fund of £600,000 has been made available across two funding rounds.

Applications for grants of between of £10,000 and £50,000 are invited. The grants require to be 50/50 match funded.

Round one is for events that are already in design and development and the deadline for receipt of these applications is 14 January 2019.

The second round of applications should arrive before the deadline of 7 June 2019.

‘Importantly, potential applicants must contact EventScotland on 0131 472 2313 to discuss their proposal in advance of preparing an application,’ stressed Torquil Macleod who also gave a hint to the BM Scotland meeting of the next EventScotland project on the agenda for 2022 – the Year of Scotland’s Stories.