New grant to support festivals and events
Thousands of people enjoy attending festivals and events each year in the county, however over the past two years measures to minimise the spread of Covid-19 has meant that many have been unable to go ahead.
Recognising the substantial social and economic role festivals and events play in Herefordshire, a new discretionary grant is now available from Herefordshire Council to assist with supporting events held over the next 15 months and aid efforts for economic recovery.
To be eligible for funding, events must meet a set of criteria including:
- Previously been attended by over 500 people the last time it was held
- Previously taken place 17 September 2018 – 16 September 2021; and
- Another event is scheduled 17 September 2021 – 31 December 2022.
Grant payments of £5,000 are available for events that have 500-1000 attendees; £10,000 for 1,001-5,000 attendees or up to £40,000 for more than 5,000 attendees.
Councillor Ellie Chowns, Cabinet member economy and environment, said: “Many of us have missed spending time at events and festivals in the county, which often celebrate local produce, music and creativity. They can be an important part of the annual calendar for local communities, bringing people together from across Herefordshire and beyond. They contribute significantly to our local and visitor economy and we must provide the support that is much needed for these events to go ahead in the future.”
Applications are invited by noon, Monday 1st November 2021.
For further details and full eligibility criteria please see the council website at: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/discretionarygrant