A new fund has been launched in Aberdeenshire to develop events to celebrate Homecoming Scotland 2014.
The £60,000 scheme is to support community groups and organisations on a not-for-profit basis and will help to expand a programme of Homecoming activities throughout next year.
Aberdeenshire Council is now inviting applications to a fund which will provide grants to those who want to take part.
It is being offered to help make the region more attractive as a destination in the Year of Homecoming, bringing in new audiences and promoting the area.
Established events can also apply, if they can demonstrate additional features to promote Homecoming 2014 to visitors.
The Homecoming 2014 Grant Scheme will provide maximum funding of £5,000 per application, with each of Aberdeenshire’s six area committees allocated £10,000 to distribute among applicants.
Local councillors will consider and approve applications, and additional cash may be available from area committees who wish to offer more support.
A range of events in the North-east are already part of Homecoming Scotland 2014 including Aboyne Highland Games, Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Braemar Gathering, Race the Castles Orienteering Tour, Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, Sound Festival 2014 and the Turriff Show.
Aberdeenshire Council’s Homecoming Scotland 2014 project lead and Head of Economic Development, Belinda Miller, said: “This fund equates to £10,000 for each of Aberdeenshire’s six administrative areas, which we hope will go some way towards assisting local communities to run high quality events.
“We hope people come up with some innovative ideas celebrating our part of the country and Scotland in general which visitors will be keen to attend.”