Running alongside the overall development of the North Sea Ring, the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival is submitting a funding application to Erasmus, the EU training program for education, training, youth and sport. This will enable us, along with partners, to progress elements of the NSR ethos, namely transnational exchange, cultural heritage development, vocational training and validation, and community based tourism.
While the Ring is only at an early stage of development – there is much to discuss and members will have their own particular interests to pursue – funding from Erasmus would provide an excellent opportunity to progress work that several members may be interested in. However, the deadline for applications is April 30th, so we’re moving with some speed!
The application will be for around 2 million Euros over 3 years from October 2014. The project will begin in October and be coordinated by ourselves as lead applicant, but we are looking for partner organisations. We expect that partners will benefit from the project in different ways depending on their own interests; there will be opportunities to share skills and cultural knowledge via exchange of people, staff and students as well as via discussion, web and academia. As a partner you won’t be committing any of your own funds; you will be agreeing to contribute in-kind (your expertise, time and/or facilities), to meet around twice a year (once in Scotland, once in mainland Europe), and to help ensure the project is carried out correctly.
We appreciate that even if you are interested, you may not be able to get agreement from your board or committee quickly, and there will be other opportunities to apply for funding as part of the North Sea Ring at a later date. However, if you are interested in becoming a partner to the application please contact us as soon as possible and we can share more details with you. Come and join us!