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Council offers funding for festive community events

17/09/15

Aberdeen City Council is once again inviting local groups to apply for special funding for community-based events, which will be held over the festive period.

The Community Festive Fund was established to encourage organisations and groups to come together within their own communities during the festive period to celebrate community wellbeing and togetherness.

The fund can provide up to 500 to an individual community group or organisation, which plans a festive celebration for their local community or wants to develop an existing festive event.

A fund of 25,000 is available to help support community activities over the Christmas period and 4,000 is available for Hogmanay events.

To qualify community groups must meet the following criteria:

  • the Christmas event must be held between Monday 23 November – Wednesday 30 December 2015 in Aberdeen;
  • the Hogmanay event must take place between Thursday 31 December 2015 – Sunday 03 January 2016 in Aberdeen;
  • only one application per group will be considered;
  • funding can only be used for the purposes of entertainment, venue hire, transport, staffing or catering. NO part of the funding can be spent on the provision of alcohol;
  • community groups must provide receipts for all expenditure and submit them to the Council by no later than two weeks after the event takes place;
  • the funding must be for the benefit of all in the community;
  • failure to comply with any of the above criteria would result in the application for funding being denied or a request by Aberdeen City Council for repayment of any funds awarded.

Any group or club that has received three years of consecutive funding is not eligible to apply for a fourth year of consecutive funding and must 'sit out' a year before they can apply for festive funding again.

Leader of Aberdeen City Council Jenny Laing said: "We would encourage any local group or community, which is planning to organise an event over the festive period to get in touch. There is a limited amount of funding available but we would be delighted to see it go to as many groups and communities as possible."

The application form is available at www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/winterfestival Alternatively to request an application form or further information on the Community Festive Fund, please contact the City Events team on (01224) 523575 or email cityevents@aberdeencity.gov.uk