£50k for Community Events

Telford & Wrekin Council’s Community Events Grant is set to support 43 communities to come together and organise their own events.

£50k for Community Events

The total value of applications received was over £70,000, exceeding the £50,000 that the Council has put aside for these community-led events.

Over 50 applications flooded in from around the borough for these grants that aim to encourage groups to involve the wider community in organising local events as well as increase or develop volunteering opportunities in the borough.

Music festivals, family fun days with a focus on multi-cultural diversity, events promoting local nature reserves and encouraging people to visit them by offering a variety of activities (bug hunting, pond dipping, storytelling) and many more are on the list of successful bidders.

Full details of successful applicants will soon be available on the Telford 50 website, once all groups have accepted the grants’ conditions.

The Community Events Grant builds on last year’s successful Telford 50 celebration grant which supported over 40 community groups, who held a broad range of events to mark the town’s 50th anniversary.

The scheme opened for bids in January, with groups and individuals able to bid for up to £2,000 towards their event. 

Bids had to fit under at least one of the following themes: People and places, Culture and communities, Green spaces.

Cllr Rae Evans, Cabinet Lead for People Services, Tourism and Partnerships, said: “We are so lucky in Telford to have so many great community groups, so it’s no surprise that the response to our Community Events Grant has again been amazing.

“Thank you to everyone for their commitment and ideas submitted – I am really looking forward to seeing these events across the borough in the next months and lots of people attending them.”

The £50,000 fund that support these community–led events as a legacy of Telford’s 50th anniversary is part of the total Telford 50 Legacy Fund.

This £2 million Telford 50 Legacy Fund supports a mix of physical schemes as well as other projects that help tackle key social issues in the borough and reduce demand on council services.

News on these and other schemes is published on www.telford50.co.uk/legacy