Council launches new fund for events

Dumfries and Galloway Council has launched its new, one-off Community Events Fund to encourage smaller scale community events to be planned in the region.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 4:50 pm
Updated Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 4:57 pm
Communtiy events can apply for grants of up to £3,000

The fund, part of the council’s and region’s Major Festivals and Events Strategy 2018-2021, is intended to stimulate and support grassroots events to take place such as outdoor walking festivals, gala days, cycling and running events and other projects that can demonstrate public support.

Community led events developments can be a key feature of the region’s social and economic recovery in the aftermath of the Coivd-19 pandemic.

The fund is now open for applications, with community and events organisations across the region being encouraged to apply.

It will distribute more than £50,000 of funding, up to a maximum grant of £3,000. There is therefore scope for the fund to provide grant-funding to dozens of projects.

Organisations that are in receipt of Signature Events funding from the council are not eligible to apply to the fund.

Councillor Andy Ferguson, chairman of the council’s Communities Committee, said: “Over the years our festivals and events have put Dumfries and Galloway on the international map.

"This year we want to support grassroots development, to help communities come back together again and give local people things to look forward to, and we also want to ensure we retain events management skills in our rural towns and villages.”

Committee vice-chairman Councillor John Martin added: “The last 12 months, in terms of public health and our economy, have been grim. Most people have been negatively impacted by the pandemic in one way or another.

"The council’s Events Strategy this year will therefore focus on trying to support and enhance individual and community wellbeing.

"The investment we have approved for the Community Events Fund can enhance health and wellbeing in our region, which is why I’m really keen to promote this opportunity to events and community organisations across Dumfries and Galloway.”

The fund is open for applications until April 23. Full details can be found on the council’s website.