Manchester City Council

People & communities Community events funding

What is Community events funding?

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

The application process for 2018/19 has now closed. All applicants will be notified of the outcomes of their application by 20 February 2018.

View the details on the community events funding criteria

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that the funding can generate both social and economic returns. In particular Community events funding should generate economic benefits, enhance Manchester's global reputation 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.

As an example the following community events received funding in 2017/18:

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

In order to achieve the required impacts and outcomes we envisage that successful applicants will be proposing events of similar impact to those events funded in 2017/18. 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.

Funding for smaller events with a more localised/neighbourhood focus may be available via 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.

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