Skip to navigation

Festival 2018 Our Place Fund Loch Lomond

We are extremely proud to be hosting the Glasgow 2018 European Championships Open Water Swimming taking place at Loch Lomond this summer.

The Festival 2018 Our Place Fund is awarding £120,000 to community groups to arrange cultural events and arts activities in their own area before and during the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

From this £10,000 has been allocated for the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and West Dunbartonshire area. We are inviting local community groups to apply for a share of this fund to put on cultural events and arts activities in and around Balloch, Loch Lomond, on Saturday 11th August, to complement a programme of activities which is being organised to provide a fun festival atmosphere. Festival 2018 encourages proposals that will help bring people together to celebrate our communities and places, and we welcome your inspirational ideas. These might involve local groups working on art workshops, music or street theatre. A community procession is also being planned that you may want to take part in.

People in the local community will choose by voting, either online or in person, which projects are funded.

Further details will be published on this page as the programme is finalised.


Glasgow and Berlin are jointly hosting the European Championships in 2018 combining the existing European Championships of athletics, aquatics, cycling, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon, and a new team golf competition into a single event for the first time.

Over 3000 of the top European gymnasts, cyclists, swimmers, divers, rowers, golfers and triathletes will compete at venues in Glasgow and surrounding areas from 2 -12 August 2018. Berlin will host the athletics competitions.

The Festival 2018 programme is supporting a range of cultural events to take place at the same time.

The European Championships celebrates activity which has Longevity and is Accessible, Authentic, Ambitious, Inspiring, Challenging, Diverse and Uniting.

Who can apply

The Festival 2018 Our Place Fund is open to any community group in Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park and West Dunbartonshire.

The fund will support community groups to create cultural events and arts activities in or around Balloch and Loch Lomond Shores on the 11th August 2018. Planning can happen before this time, but activities must take place on the day.

If you would like any help or advise on what’s eligible or how to apply please get in touch:

There is no age limit for applicants, but persons under 18 must involve a named responsible adult.

Apply to the Festival 2018 Our Place Fund to be part of the activities. 

The total amount available is £10,000. Groups can apply for any amount between £100 to £2,000.

Applications are now open (please note this is only for activities which take place in or around Balloch and Loch Lomond Shores).  Click on the link below to find out more about applying:

Alternatively, you can download, print and complete the form:

Please return it to us by e-mail at or by post to:

Kirsty Callaghan
Carrochan Road,
G83 8EG

The deadline for applications is Thursday 22nd March 2018 at 5pm.  

Next steps

  • Eligible project proposals will be published on our website in early April.
  • Everyone in the National Park and West Dunbartonshire area will be welcome to vote for their chosen proposals either online (you will need to give your name and postcode) or in person using the voting box which will be available in the foyer at the National Park Headquarters, Carrochan, Carrochan Road, Balloch, G83 8EG.
  • All votes will be combined to determine which applications are supported. The application with the most votes will be funded, followed by the next most popular, until the fund is allocated.
  • Successful applicants will be notified in May 2018.

Please check back here for details on the voting period.

For more information on the Glasgow 2018 European Championships  visit

Back to top