South Gloucestershire Council announce £30,000 funding to support community events to mark 75th Anniversary of VE Day

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We are pleased to announce that £30,000 is being made available for grants to organisations planning events to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, over the bank holiday weekend, from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 May 2020.

The funding was agreed as part of our Budget for 2020/21, which was agreed by Full Council on Wednesday 12 February. The first May Bank Holiday this year has been moved by the Government to fall on Friday 8 May to help mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations, as well as Town or Parish Councils in South Gloucestershire are being encouraged to apply for a share of the funding to help them put on events.

While we are aware that many groups are already well underway in their planning for the 75th anniversary of VE Day, we are keen to make these funds available to support their efforts and to take some of the pressure off from fundraising.

Grants can be applied for to fund a range of activities associated with and to support events, including publicity costs, PA hire, insurance, marshalling and entertainment.
The closing date for applications is noon on 5 March 2020 and successful applicants will be notified after 2 April 2020.

For more information about the grants and how to apply, please see our website: www.southglos.gov.uk/veday75. The application form and guidance is also available from the Grants Team 01454 865865, grants@southglos.gov.uk.

Cabinet Member for Communities, Councillor Rachael Hunt, said: “We are really pleased to make this funding available to help a whole host of groups put on events for the whole community across South Gloucestershire to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

“The anniversary marks an important moment in our country’s history and I know that there are a range of events already being planned that will not only mark the day and remember the veterans who served during the Second World War, but that will also help educate the younger generations about a moment in our history.

“I hope this funding will help those groups put on some excellent events that can be accessed and enjoyed by all over the May Bank Holiday weekend.”

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