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Aberdeen Community Festive Fund now open

Applications are now open for Aberdeen City Council’s Community Festive Fund 2019.

The Community Festive Fund, which was established to encourage organisations and groups to come together within their own communities during the Christmas and Hogmanay periods, is designed to celebrate community wellbeing and togetherness.

Small financial grants are available for community groups and organisations to help arrange celebrations within their local community or to grow and develop an existing event which may already be held in Aberdeen.

Subject to eligibility, up to £350 is on offer to each group or organisation that applies for funding. Funds are allocated once all applications have been received for consideration.

Aberdeen’s existing Christmas festivities are fabulous city centre events which attract many people to the city however the Council wants to encourage local community-based celebrations.

A great many residents give up their free time to help organise local events over the festive season and the Community Festive Fund can help towards paying for venue hire, transport, entertainment or catering.

Applications are welcome from all with new groups or communities who wish to benefit from the fund encouraged to apply. By offering support to smaller events the Council hopes to encourage neighbours and interest groups to be able to enjoy the festive season in their own community.

Qualifying Criteria

  • The Christmas event must be held between 18th November and 30th December 2019 within the City of Aberdeen;

  • The Hogmanay event must be held between 31st December 2019 and 02nd January 2020 within the City of Aberdeen;

  • Only one application per group will be considered;

  • Applications must be from a constituted group or organisation;

  • The event must take place in a venue in Aberdeen and be for the benefit of the local community;

  • The funding can be used for the purposes of entertainment, venue hire, transport, staffing, decoration or catering;

  • None of the monies requested or received can be used for the purchase or supply of alcohol at the proposed event.

The Council will endeavor to award the amount requested, however due to the number of applications anticipated and to ensure a fair allocation of funds, applicants may receive a percentage reduction of their request.

Further details and application forms are available from www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/cityevents

Alternatively, further information is available from the City Events team on 01224 522802 or email cityevents@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Applications for the Community Festive Fund should be returned by 12noon on Friday 18th October 2019 to: cityevents@aberdeencity.gov.uk or Community Festive Fund, City Events, Aberdeen City Council, First Floor, Town House, Aberdeen, AB10 1AQ.