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World Gaelic Week will run February 19-25.

Funding is again being made available for those wishing to celebrate Seachdain na Gàidhlig (World Gaelic Week), which will run February 19-25, 2024.

Utilising a small grants fund, supported by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, people are being encouraged to apply for up to £500 support to host inclusive events and activities, or launch new initiatives, within their communities.

Applications for the 2024 funding pot are open now on the Seachdain na Gàidhlig website, and those interested have until midnight on Sunday November 26 to apply.

Seachdain na Gàidhlig 2024 will be the third year of World Gaelic Week, and will be centred on the theme 'Do Chànan. Do Chothrom.' ('Your language. Your opportunity.'), which showcases how the Gaelic language benefits lives and opens doors for collaboration and success. 

Last year's week saw over 1,000 people take part in more than 100 events, with 51 of those events making use of the small grants fund. Events included workshops, walking tours, coffee mornings, and cèilidhs.

Joy Dunlop, Director of Seachdain na Gàidhlig, said: "We're thrilled to announce that the third annual Seachdain na Gàidhlig will take place in February 2024, with the theme Your Language. Your Opportunity. It's so exciting to be able to offer our Small Grants Fund again this year, thanks to the support of Bòrd na Gàidhlig and we would encourage anyone who has an idea for an event for next year to apply for support and make the most of this fantastic opportunity. 

"Gaelic is a key part of Scotland's cultural make up and identity and our aim is to give people the chance to showcase and celebrate what it means to them. The past two year's events have seen a fantastic response from Gaelic speakers and learners of all levels embracing the chance to celebrate and share the language in all sorts of creative ways."

Ealasaid MacDonald, Ceannard, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, said: "Bòrd na Gàidhlig are delighted to support the Seachdain na Gàidhlig Small Grants Scheme. Last year it was great to see so many different events in so many places across the country, many of which were run with support through this scheme. We're excited to see what innovative things will be delivered this year."

In preparation for World Gaelic Week, Seachdain na Gàidhlig is looking to hire a freelance Administrative Producer. Details of the position can also be found at the Seachdain na Gàidhlig website, and applications close on Friday November 17.