Previous grant schemes
What was the purpose of the fund?
Following the coronavirus pandemic the fund was intended to support local communities to ‘build back better’ by supporting the delivery of community events. This grant fund was intended to bring back some fun and entertainment for communities that had been unable to host community events/activities during the pandemic.
The grant funding was also intended to boost the economy of Gloucestershire’s Market Towns and local High Streets. This grant was available to support non-commercial community events only - such as Christmas fairs, spring shows, summer fetes, vintage car shows, music festivals and farmers markets. This was a competitive process and bids were invited from parish and town councils, voluntary and community organisations and other incorporated bodies. The fund was intended to focus on Market Towns, rural communities and those that live on the edge of urban areas.
The total funding pot available was £500,000, and applications were invited from between £1,000 to £25,000. This was a competitive process with the final decision to award funding being made by a panel.
Outcome of funding
First round of funding
In total, 45 bids for funding were supported which resulted in £385,386 of the £500,000 allocated. View the outcome of the first round.
Second round of funding
In total, 22 bids for funding were supported. The funding decisions made now mean that the fund has been allocated and no further events will be supported.
How were bids evaluated?
Each application was considered by a decision making panel consisting of the Deputy Leader Cabinet Member for Finance and Change and senior officers.
Elements considered when evaluating each submission included:
- 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.
- Being able to demonstrate a high level of experience for delivering similar events.
- Being able to outline the legacy of the event on the local community.