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How will the bid be evaluated and who will make the decision?

Your application will be considered by a decision making panel consisting of the Deputy Leader Cabinet Member for Finance and Change and senior officers.

Elements considered when evaluating submissions made by the deadline:

  • The ‘reach’ of the event – how many people it is expected / likely to benefit.
  • The expected impact of the event on the local economy – how it will help to revitalise local shops, businesses and tourism.
  • Whilst we will welcome bids for innovative or new activity, we will expect organisations to demonstrate that they have the relevant skills and experience needed for the event to be delivered successfully.
  • Legacy – the purpose of the grants is to help revitalise the local economy, so the best/successful bids will be those that demonstrate a lasting impact on local businesses.
  • For a bid to be successful it is important that you confirm that the relevant local county councillor is aware of the bid.

Pointers when applying for the second round of funding:

The following points are intended to support anyone thinking of applying for the funding during the second round.

  • Try and provide as much information as possible in support of your proposed event.
  • Be clear on the type of event or events the grant will support and how many people are likely to attend.
  • Outline the intended impact on the local economy and why the grant funding is required.
  • If there is any elements of match funding being provided this should also be highlighted.
  • Clearly outline what the grant will be used for and how much each element is expected to cost.
  • Be clear on the date when the event or events will take place.
  • The grant funding requested should focus on supporting the event itself and not any upgrades to the venue used to host the proposed event.

Please note that any applicant awarded funding greater than £15,000 will be subject to additional financial checks before any funding is released. This will be outlined as part of the grant acceptance process and will require more information being supplied.

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