2020 has been designated Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, a year that will spotlight, celebrate and promote opportunities to experience and enjoy Scotland’s unrivalled Coasts and Waters, encouraging responsible engagement and participation from the people of Scotland and our visitors. The delivery of an exciting programme of special events is an important part of the year.

Year of Coasts and Waters Micro Local Area Grants

As part of Scotland’s Year of Coasts & Waters, YouthLink Scotland has launched a new small grants programme that will support young people from across Scotland to get involved in the themed year. The Scottish Government funded programme will make grants available to local groups and organisations offering informal learning opportunities for young people to explore the nature, history and culture of Scotland’s lochs, rivers, shorelines and waterways. A total of £45,000 is available. Further details on eligibility criteria, application guidance, and the application form are available here:


The closing date for applications is 1.00pm on Friday 14 February 2020

The fund will support community activity related to the four cross-cutting strands of Year of Coasts and Waters 2020:

  • Our Natural Environment & Wildlife;
  • Our Historic Environment & Cultural Heritage;
  • Activities & Adventure;
  • Food & Drink.

Applications must demonstrate how they contribute to the one or more of the programme outcomes:

  • Communities are more aware of their existing assets (culture, heritage, landscape and waters, community based skills, cuisine etc.)
  • Improved community integration and regeneration
  • Enhanced visitor experience during YCW2020 and beyond

Including its many islands, Scotland boasts a hugely varied coastline and a rich offering of inland waters in both rural and urban settings. Our coasts and waters are vital elements of our landscape and are greatly valued by communities and visitors alike. Scotland’s diverse coastal scenery, ranging from dramatic cliffs and sea stacks to gleaming white beaches, offers an unparalleled range of experiences from water sports to whale watching and island hopping. Our lochs, rivers and canals also play an important part in the visitor experience, offering boat trips, fishing opportunities and activity holidays, while the many nature reserves across the country are home to a tremendous variety of flora, fauna and wildlife. Scotland’s coasts and waters have shaped our history: from fishing and textiles to whisky and wave power, they have influenced our culture, our stories, our way of life.


YCW2020 Partner Programme

The YCW2020 Partner Programme will be a non-funded opportunity to align your event with the year and benefit from potential inclusion in Visit Scotland promotional activity.

To get involved, learn more or use logos and assets from the 2020 Year of coasts and waters campaign, you can visit this link and request your free material.


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