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People and communities Get funding for a community event

What is Community events funding?

The deadline for this 2023/24 funding was 3 February: applications are now closed

Community Events Funding is available to fully constituted community groups as development funding to help community based not-for-profit celebrations and events grow and move towards becoming self-sustaining.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that the funding can generate citywide social and economic returns beyond their local neighbourhood. In particular Community events funding should generate economic benefits, enhance Manchester’s global reputation, demonstrate a commitment to reducing the negative environmental impact of their event and make the city a better place to live in.

In addition, applicants should demonstrate a commitment to reducing the negative environmental impact of their event, in line with the City’s commitment to tackle climate change. Find out more information about hosting a sustainable event.

In order to achieve the required impacts and outcomes we envisage that successful applicants will be proposing events of similar impact to those events previously funded. Funding for community events will also generally be available only to groups who can also demonstrate a track record in event delivery and community engagement on a scale that can demonstrate citywide impacts.

As an example the following community events received funding:

  • Caribbean Carnival of Manchester
  • Chinese New Year
  • Dashehra Diwali Mela
  • The Irish Festival parade
  • Manchester Mega Mela
  • St Georges Day

Funding for smaller events with a more localised or neighbourhood focus may be available through the Neighbourhood Investment Fund.

As a general guide funding is available for up to 20% of the total event cost.

The maximum grant available is £20,000 per annum.

The grant is for activity taking place between 1 April 2023 and 31 March 2024.

The deadline for submission is 3 February 2023.

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