Colmcille was set up in 1997 to link Gaelic-speaking communities in Scotland and Ireland, and operates in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

In April 2009, Colmcille became a partnership programme between Bòrd na Gàidhlig (the body charged with promoting Gaelic language and culture in Scotland and internationally) and Foras na Gaeilge (the body charged with the promotion of the Irish language throughout the island of Ireland).

Objectives of Fund

Colmcille funding is intended to support the development of strategies and projects in which the Gaelic language in Ireland and Scotland can draw people together from diverse backgrounds, within and between each country and region.

The Colmcille Small Grants Scheme is designed to support the research and planning of such joint initiatives.

Applications may be made to this scheme at any time. The scheme has no deadline.

Colmcille has three funding schemes:

The small grants scheme for carrying out research and for planning joint initiatives
The Colmcille grants scheme for funding projects (the main Colmcille grants scheme)
The bursaries scheme to help people learn Scottish Gaelic

If you are interested in applying to the small grants scheme you need to contact Colmcille officers ( in Foras na Gaeilge before you fill in the scheme application form.

Open date: 01/01/2023

Closing date: 31/12/2023

Apply here