Celebrate England - Big Lottery Funding Of Up To £10,000 For Local Community Events

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Celebrate England

What would you celebrate in your local area?

Six out of ten people surveyed* say they cannot remember ever coming together to celebrate with their community. The Big Lottery Fund wants to help change this with our Celebrate! programme.

- We are offering grants of between £300 and £10,000 for groups to hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local community.

- You could celebrate something from your community's history or a local hero. Or maybe it could a chance to bring people together to get to know their neighbours better.

- We have a total of £3.875m for projects in England.

- What will you celebrate?

Who can apply?

You can apply if you are a:

·         voluntary or community organisation with a constitution and bank account

·         school

·         statutory body.

We are especially keen to receive applications from groups who have not applied to us before.

You will also need to show that your project is open to everyone in your local community.

We will give higher priority to applications from:

·         projects which demonstrate communities coming together to celebrate and share their diverse cultures

·         projects which actively bring different generations together.

What can you apply for?

We will fund activities that bring people together to celebrate their local community.

In your application we would like to know:

- how the project will bring people together in the community to celebrate.

- why the activity is something your local community wants and how you can demonstrate it is led by the people within it.

This is an example of a project that might be funded under Celebrate.

The Wingates Village Institute applied to the Big Lottery Fund last year for £1,208 to host a celebration party to mark 100 years of the building of the Northumberland hamlet’s village hall.

Community activities had not been well attended in the run-up to the events. This was as a result of tensions over the building of a contentious wind farm nearby, according to Heather Leatherland, chair of the village hall committee.

She says: “Wingates is a tiny village with a population of 33. For miles, the surrounding area is mainly farms and it is very easy for people to feel isolated. We feel it is our job as caretaker of the hall not to let that happen, and so we wanted to put on something really special to get people to come together.”

The Big Lottery Money grant was used to host a Ceilidh last September and a Christmas tea party on 5 December.

“It was the day of a most horrendous storm, but the hall was jam packed. I think it will be remembered for a long time,” Heather adds.

Read more examples of events and activities that might be funded underCelebrate

How can I apply?

Complete the eligibility checker below. If you are eligible you will be given a link to download the application form.

You can also access the eligibility checker by selecting this link if you have any problems viewing or using the checker above

Celebrate opened for applications on 6 July 2016. Applications will be assessed and awarded on a first come, first served basis. We will close to new applications when all the money has been awarded.

Related Documents

·         Celebrate Terms and Conditions (PDF 156kB)

·         Celebrate Key Information (PDF 250kB)

·         FAQs (PDF 92kB)


This is a first come first serve fund so applications should be submitted quickly before the money goes.


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