VE & VJ Day Celebration Fund opens for bids

Telford & Wrekin Council is offering a £20,000 grant fund to support communities to host their own events and activities for VE (“Victory in Europe Day”) and VJ (“Victory over Japan Day”), to mark 75 years since the end of World War II

VE & VJ Day Celebration Fund opens for bids

It is expected that many events and activities are likely to take place during Bank Holiday weekend, 8 – 10 May (for VE Day) and on 15 August (for VJ Day).

As such, if YOU have a great idea for a community event in the borough to commemorate VE and/or VJ Day but don’t quite have the budget for it, you can now apply for funding to help make this happen.

The VE & VJ Day Celebration Fund is open to community/voluntary groups, neighbourhood groups, faith groups, charities, other not for profit organisations, Town or Parish Councils, schools, businesses or individuals to apply for.

You can apply for up to £1,000 towards your event (for VE and/or VJ Day) and you need to provide 50% match funding in cash, to cover the costs of your event.

Events must be dedicated to bringing people in the community together to celebrate history and those who fought in World War II.

These could be done through a range of activities, to include for instance: promoting local wartime stories and heroes, exploring wartime elements (clothes, music, games, food, others) and promoting values such as peace and friendship.

The VE and/or VJ Day events should also look to involve the wider community in organising the event as well as increase or develop volunteering opportunities in the borough.

Details about the VE & VJ Day celebration fund, how to apply and the application form are available on

Applications are open until Monday, 17 February 2020 – 9.30 am, with successful applicants to be announced during week commencing 2nd March.

Council Leader Shaun Davies said: “We need to do whatever we can to remember those who fought in World War Two and mark as such, the 75th anniversaries of VE and VJ Day.

“This funding helps make this happen, by supporting groups to get many people from the community involved in commemorating VE and VJ Day.

“We are really looking forward to receiving applications from all across the borough.

“The application process is very straightforward – just go to to find out more details.”

The £20,000 fund for VE and VJ Day community–led events is part of the new Telford 2020 Fund, which will go towards new initiatives as well as supporting a number of tried and tested community-led funding schemes.

Details about the Telford 2020 Fund can be found here

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