More funding available to help communities recover from pandemic

Gloucester County Council Press Release – 15 November 2021

The second round of funding from Gloucestershire County Council’s Build Back Better – Market Towns fund, to help our communities put on events as part of the county’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, has been made available.

The fund was initially launched in the summer, inviting bids from parish and town councils, as well as voluntary and community organisations, and a pot of £500,000 was set aside.

In total 45 bids for funding were supported, ranging from £1,000 to £25,000, and £385,386 was allocated.

The second round of funding is now open and aims to distribute the rest of the money available – nearly £115,000.

Bids from community events that were unsuccessful in the first phase of funding can reapply, but new bids are also welcome.

To have the best possible chance of securing funding, applicants are advised to:

  • Provide as much information as possible in support of your event
  • Be clear on the type of event you are holding and the numbers likely to attend
  • Outline its intended impact on the local economy
  • Highlight any match funding being provided
  • Explain why the grant is required and what it would be used for

The grant should also support the event itself and not upgrades to the venue being used to host the proposed event.

The fund aims to boost the economy of the county’s market towns and high streets and events can include spring shows, summer fetes, vintage car shows, music festivals or farmers’ markets. All allocated funding must be used by 31 August 2022.

Projects that have been awarded grants so far include Stroud Book Festival, Tewkesbury Summer Music Festival, Robert Dover’s Cotswold Olimpick Games and Lydney Winter Festive Fayre.

Completed applications for this latest round of funding must be received by 5pm on 17 December 2021 and applicants will be informed of the outcome on 17 January 2022.

For more information on the fund and to apply, see www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/market-towns-fund/

Cllr Lynden Stowe, cabinet member for finance and change, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to provide funding for so many events and I hope many more bids will come in now the next phase has been launched.

“This funding will help to revitalise our market towns and boost the local economy and I’m really looking forward to seeing these fantastic events go ahead.”