The Big Lottery Fund has announced that given the ‘huge success’ of its Celebrate UK fund which launched in July, it is allocating an extra £4.1 million of funding so that more groups can apply.

The Big Lottery Fund reports that since Celebrate UK launched in July it has received more than 1,300 applications from across the UK.

In order to give more local communities the chance to apply for funding to hold one-off events or activities which celebrate their local community, an additional £4.1 million will be added to the original £5 million.

Celebrate UK provides grants of between £300 and £10,000 to enable voluntary and community organisations, schools and statutory bodies to hold one-off events and activities which give their community the chance to come together to mark something important. This could be, for example, an event such as the Queen’s 90th Birthday, commemorating a local historic event or getting to know the neighbours better.

Eligible projects will need to demonstrate that they are open to everyone in the local community.

Priority will be given to applications which show:

Communities coming together to celebrate and share their diverse cultures.
The proposed activity is something that the local community wants and is led by people within the community.

Lorna Forrest, a senior programme manager of the Big Lottery Fund, writes in the Big Lottery Fund Blog:

“As we enter this final phase of funding; to build a spread of activity, we are going to be prioritising applications in England which will bring together different communities and generations, are people led and from schools and academies.”

Since the funding priorities vary across the UK, applicants are advised to visit the Big Lottery Fund’s website for further information.

The final deadline for all applications in all countries is 21 October 2016 (noon).

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