The fund, designed to support and enhance existing established city events and festivals, can see applicants bid for up to £10,000 to include Glasgow 850 themes and activities in their programming for 2025.

Bids are being sought from established festivals and events to add value to their existing festival offerings by including additional programming which can celebrate or showcase the richness and diversity of Glasgow talent, engage children and young people in the city and deliver community outreach activity.

Applications are open from Thursday, 20 June 2024 and close 5pm, Wednesday, 31 July 2024, with successful bidders being announced in September, as part of the Glasgow 850 programme launch.

Billy Garrett, Director of Culture, Tourism and Events at Glasgow Life, said:

The Glasgow 850 Festival Fund is a cornerstone of our city programming next year, enabling established events to amplify their impact and reach wider audiences in our local communities. This fund not only aims to highlight the incredible talent we have in Glasgow but also ensures that our communities can participate in and experience the celebrations.

Throughout 2025 Glasgow will mark its 850th birthday by delivering, with partners, a, citywide programme that celebrates and reflects on our recent past, our present and future.

Plans are being made to announce the signature events within the Glasgow 850 programme in September, along with a new website and businesses engagement activity.

Full application details including eligibility criteria can be found at