Small Grants

A photo of four people in a forest lifting a newly-carved piece of wood off a workbench. One is wearing a blue Borders Recovery hoodie with a rainbow logo.

A small grants fund has been set up to support organisations to put on remembrance events as part of this year's To Absent Friends festival (1-7 November 2023.)

Two types of small grants (of up to £300) are available:

Community grants: These are for organisations and communities who want to plan private remembrance events at which their community can come together (in person or online) to share memories, stories and solace.

Public grants: These are for organisations who want to organise an interactive public event such as a concert, exhibition or installation, freely open to members of the public.

What kind of events will the small grants fund?

The fund aims to support activities that provide opportunities for storytelling and/or remembrance of people who have died.

The range of ways in which organisations can participate is wide and varied.

In previous years, events have included concerts, poetry nights, craft activities, storytelling suppers, exhibitions, gardening activities, movies for children and much more. Last year, events included a walking tour, the launch of a comic book, karaoke, and a remembrance ceilidh.

Some ideas of relevant activities organisations might wish to undertake are listed on the To Absent Friends website, but we also encourage creative and innovative ideas that feel right to local groups and communities.

Who can apply for the grants?

Any organisation with a bank account can apply for a grant. We would encourage applications from charities, community groups, care homes, NHS organisations, small businesses, prisons, arts organisations, schools, education institutions and more.


Grants are available for up to £300.

We are keen to support:

  • Events that celebrate and remember a person or people who have died – whether recently or long ago.


  • Events that strengthen community connections by bringing people together to share stories and solace.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 12pm on Monday, 28 August. (We will aim to inform applicants of whether or not they have been successful by Monday 11 September, but please let us know if you need a decision earlier.)

A short grant application form and guidance notes for applicants are provided below.



Photo credit: Borders Recovery

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