£385,000 funding boost for community events across Gloucestershire

Published
19.10.2021

Funding has been awarded from Gloucestershire County Council’s Build Back Better - Market Towns fund to help fund events across Gloucestershire as our communities begin to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Build Back Better – Market Towns fund will give more than £385,000 to help support events across the county, with the aim of boosting the economy of our market towns and high streets.

In total, 45 bids for funding were supported ranging from £1,000 to £25,000, with £385,386 allocated. This money will help event organisers to meet the shortfall of funding caused by the pandemic.

Projects from across Gloucestershire have been funded, with Stroud Book Festival, Tewkesbury Summer Music Festival, Robert Dover’s Cotswold Olimpick Games, and Lydney Winter Festive Fayre among those funded.

Final decisions on the funding awards were made by a panel, who considered areas including how many people will benefit from the event, its impact on the economy, the ability to deliver it successfully, and those that leave a lasting legacy.

Cllr Lynden Stowe, Cabinet member for finance and change, said: “I am proud that we have been able to fund so many brilliant events and projects, and would like to thank everyone who applied.

“This funding will help to revitalise our market towns after the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I can’t wait to see these events go ahead and I am pleased that the fund will help ensure that people will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of events which bring community entertainment back across Gloucestershire.”

A second phase of the Build Back Better – Market Towns fund will be launched in the coming weeks, allowing even more projects to apply for the remaining funding. A pot of £500,000 was originally set aside. Those bids for community events that were unsuccessful in the first round can also reapply in the second phase of funding.

For more information on the fund, visit https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/market-towns-fund.

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