Stories, Stones and Bones

As part of the Scotland-wide celebrations of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017, we want to inspire people to get involved in learning about and enjoying their heritage for the first time.

Stories, Stones and Bones will encourage people in communities across Scotland to dig deeper into their past and to find out more about their local history, customs and traditions - resulting in often complex, sometimes quirky but always fascinating stories.

We are offering grants of £3,000 to £10,000 to projects which engage new people and a wider range of people with their history. From researching local historic landmarks, learning about natural heritage, unearthing the history beneath their feet to delving into archives, our grants will give everyone the chance to explore their heritage and celebrate and share what they learn with others.


  • Living Windows for Cumbernauld: The Scottish Wildlife Trust worked with local schools and community groups to connect people with the green spaces in their town. The project aimed to highlight Cumbernauld’s green spaces through events and artwork based on local nature sites.
  • Our Histories: The Glasgow Association for Mental Health promoted mental health recovery by offering participants the opportunity to research their personal histories through storytelling, research, and visits to heritage sites
  • International Haggis Journey: Refugee women collected information about the history of haggis in Scotland and then drew parallels with dishes from their countries of origin.

How to apply

You can apply quickly and easily using the material on the Sharing Heritage programme page. Stories, Stones and Bones projects will need to achieve two HLF outcomes. As a result of the project:

  • more people and a wider range of people will have engaged with heritage
  • people will have learnt about heritage

If you've got a question about applying, or delivering your project, please contact the Scotland development team and get their advice.

There are two deadlines to apply to Stories, Stones and Bones. The first deadline is Friday 30 September 2016 (decisions in November 2016) and the second is Tuesday 31 January 2017 (decisions in March 2017).

You can download the logo for the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology from Visit Scotland's toolkit page which also includes further information about the Scotland-wide celebrations taking place during 2017.

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