WEST FIFE events have been given a boost thanks to a national funding scheme.

EventScotland have awarded more than £740,000 to 65 celebrations across the country through the National Events Programme.

Of these, 20 community gatherings have received between £2,000 and £4,000, and 45 larger scale functions have been awarded between £5,000 and £25,000.

In West Fife, this includes two events at Knockhill Racing Circuit, the McRae Challenge cup, which will benefit from £14,000, and the British Superbikes Championship, which has been granted £20,000.

And the Inverkeithing Highland Games have been granted £3,326. The much-loved traditional event will be held on August 6, and include track, dancing and heavyweight events.

The programme supports live sporting and cultural events outwith Glasgow and Edinburgh and is also backed by the Scottish Government.

Culture Minister Neil Gray said: “It’s great to see many of the mainstays in the cultural calendar back with live programmes and events across Scotland during summer 2022."

VisitScotland's Caroline Warburton said: “We are delighted to be supporting these events taking place in Fife to help support the recovery of Scotland’s tourism and events industry.

“Few industries have the impact events do. They play an important role in our communities, enabling us all to connect, enjoy and share memorable experiences."