The Coasts and Waters Community Fund has been established by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and offers grants from small pots for schools and youth groups all the way to £10,000 awards.

Applications are now open for community-led ideas that will engage more people with Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters 2020.

Applications for Plunge In! The Coasts and Waters Community Fund will be open until February 28 2020.

Francesca Osowaka, SNH Chief Excutive, said: "As Scotland's nature agency, we're really excited about the Year of Coasts and Waters'.  There is so much to celebrate about our coastlines and waterways and we want to encourage and inspire people to explore and enjoy them as much as possible throughout this year and beyond.

"We know communities up and down the country will also want to celebrate the year in their own way, but we recognise that some might lack the resources to do so."

Dumbarton Festival is a 4 day event which runs from June 4-7 as part of celebrations for Scotland's Year of Coasts & Waters 2020.

Representatives from West Dunbartonshire Council, The Dumbarton Castle Society and VisitScotland came together last week to officially launch the festival.

With the waterfront as a backdrop, artists and national companies will join local schools and community groups to reinvigorate the town's maritime history.

The themes of build, float and connect will run through the festival's programme of activities for all ages, underlining Dumbarton's history as a River Town.  During the event, residents and visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy pop-up opera from Scottish Opera, boat races, street theatre, live music, Hidden Dumbarton walks, and family games as well as a community parade to bring proceedings to a close on the Sunday afternoon.

This weekend will also mark the launch of a new Dumbarton Rowing Club on the River Leven, in partnership with charity alternatives.

All of the items on the programme have been themed to tie in with Scotland's year of Coasts & Waters 2020, and will celebrate Dumbarton's long-standing relationship with water as well as a range of tea-themed events paying tribute to Dumbarton's ship building heritage, including the Cutty Sark and clippers.


This news item was taken from the Dumbarton & Vale of Leven Reporter 13 Jan 2020.
Launch of #dumbarton2020 in Dumbarton (c) Dumbarton & Vale of Leven Reporter