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The Bagpipe Society


Applications for a grant will only be considered if the applicant is a member of the Bagpipe Society.

Aims of funding:

  1. To support events in which piping is a principal focus and which fulfil the Bagpipe Society’s general aims as stated on the About the Bagpipe Society website page
  2. To encourage such events to take place by reducing the financial risk to the organisers
  3. To nurture the next generation of pipers as well as to facilitate the booking of named high calibre pipers who might otherwise be too expensive (fees, travel expenses etc) for the event’s projected budget to support
  4. To support / facilitate other projects such as publication of important bagpipe related research which would otherwise be uneconomic to produce. This could be published online, in book form or on CD etc and would be assessed on a case by case basis. (See Funding Exceptions 4 below)
  5. To enable people to promote pipes and piping in creative and imaginative ways bringing the instrument and its associated culture to a wider audience.


This could take the following forms:

  1. A degree of underwriting. A guaranteed maximum amount of money made available to offset any financial loss incurred by unforeseen circumstances or insufficient ticket sales.
  2. A straightforward grant. Each grant application must be accompanied by a project budget and an explanation of how the money will be spent specifically to support the society’s aims. It is not our intention that the process itself should present a barrier to application and you are strongly advised to contact us beforehand for help and advice on our requirements

Exceptions (not eligible for funding)

  1. General running or personal costs incurred with staging an event
  2. Applications just because a band or group has a bagpiper in it.
  3. An event which cannot demonstrate beforehand an appropriate degreeof financial planning and - in our opinion - has little or no chance of financial viability.
  4. Costs incurred in the recording and printing of CDs where artist could reasonably expect to make a profit
  5. Costs involved in compiling / printing tunebooks unless they are of historic significance and contain no sources that are available elsewhere.