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Remembrance - small grants available

Grants are available for people wishing to hold remembrance events in Scotland this November as part of the annual To Absent Friends festival.


This year has been a long and difficult year for many. COVID-19 has caused loss on many levels, and grieving in times of COVID has been extra hard for people forced to stay distant from family and community.

As we move forward into what could be a difficult winter, it is important to take time to acknowledge our own losses and support the people around us with theirs. Remembering and telling stories of someone who has died, and being around others who knew them, can bring comfort.

The To Absent Friends festival takes place aross Scotland every year from 1-7 November. It was established in 2014 as an opportunity for people across Scotland to remember, to tell stories, to celebrate and to reminisce about people they love who have died. Anyone and everyone can take part, in whatever way seems right to them.

This year, the festival organisers are offering small grants (up to £250) to any organisation that wants to participate in the festival. The festival is about bringing people together to share stories and solace, so this year this will likely mean online events and outdoor gatherings with only small numbers at one time. Organisers are encouraging charities, care homes, communities, hospitals, neighbours, schools, workplaces, faith communities, and others to come together in their own To Absent Friends remembrance event in November.

More information about the grants scheme is available here: To Absent Friends small grants scheme.

More information about the festival is available here: To Absent Friends Festival

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