What do you want to celebrate? Funding from The Big Lottery Fund

In a recent Big Lottery Fund survey, six out of ten people* said they have never or cannot remember ever coming together to celebrate with their community. Big Lottery Fund wants to help change this with a new funding programme, Celebrate, which launches today.

With £5 million available across the UK, Big Lottery Fund are calling on local groups and organisations of all shapes and sizes to apply for funding to hold events or activities that will bring people together and celebrate what makes their local community special.

Celebrate-blog-picIt could be to celebrate something in your local history or a local community hero, to mark something important to their community like Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, or simply to get to know your neighbours better.

Applications for funding opened 6 July 2016. To be eligible, applicants must be part of a constituted group which has its own bank account. Big Lottery Fund welcome applications from voluntary or community organisations, schools and statutory bodies, particularly those who have never considered the Big Lottery Fund as a potential source of funding.

Organisations are encouraged to submit their applications early to avoid disappointment as once funds have been allocated, Celebrate will close to new applications.

What would you celebrate in your local area?

For more information and to apply for a Celebrate grant please visit their website.

*YouGov poll on behalf of the Big Lottery Fund with 2109 respondents, June 2016