Are you part of a local community group based in Manchester?
If so, you may want to know that community groups across the city are being invited to apply for a share of funding that has been set aside to support community events in 2018/19.
Last year, the council provided £300,000 to support 19 community events and festivals that ranged from the flagship Manchester Day in June, and events such as Manchester Mela, Chinese New Year, and Caribbean Carnival, to smaller events including the Manchester Italian Parade and the Jewish Arts and Food Festival.
Community groups interested in finding out more should visit the community events pages before the deadline on Friday 2 February.
It's estimated that last year's programme of community events and festivals were attended by over 280,000 people and provided the opportunity for around 14,000 people to participate in creating the activities on offer. The events also play an important part in helping drive investment and spend - last year's events drew in over £750,000 of partner funding and generated an estimated £9m visitor spend in the local economy.
Each of the events supported provided the opportunity for local organisations to create activities that allowed people throughout the city to learn more about other communities and cultures by participating in, volunteering at, or simply attending the events.
Events can be defined by place, people, heritage or a shared common interest, and should celebrate and positively promote what an individual community represents. It's up to community groups themselves to decide how best to showcase their community, but events should be designed to attract an audience and participants from across the whole city and not just from within their local community or neighbourhood.
Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member Schools, Culture and Leisure, Manchester City Council, said: "One of the best things about our great city is the diversity of its communities, and as a council we're committed to doing everything we can to help connect people from different backgrounds and help them learn about each other.
"Community led events provide great opportunities to do just that, which is why we've put aside this pot of money to help kick-start the kind of events that we know pay dividends in terms of bringing people together, educating them about each other, and helping them get along.
"If you're part of an established community group, get in touch with us now to find out what support we might be able to give you for any community events you've already got planned for this year, or would like to do - and help make our already great events programme in the city even greater."
Applications for funding will only be accepted from established community groups, and all events must be not-for-profit.