Festive Fund open for applications

Published

3rd September 2020

A new £50,000 fund to support Christmas activities has been launched by Dundee City Council.

Applications for grants for festive events across the city are being invited from community groups and cultural organisations that could see new activities receive financial backing, Christmas trees put up or Hogmanay parties supported.

Mark Flynn convener of Dundee City Council’s development committee said: “It has become increasingly clear that providing direct funding to communities to help them stage Christmas events is something that is widely welcomed.

“It’s therefore right that we help give people what they need to be able to deliver a Christmas programme for their communities while balancing that with improvements to a city centre offering that creates a vibrant and exciting destination and supports the retail and hospitality sectors.”

Grants of between £500 and £8000 are on offer with applicants expected to meet at least one third of the cost of the event in cash through other grants and /or entry fees.

Activities should take place sometime between Friday November 13 and Monday January 4, 2021.

An application form can be found at https://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/dundee-partnership/dundee-partnership-funding which should be completed by Wednesday September 30.

These will then be assessed by officers from Dundee City Council and a community representative with the aim of responding to applicants by Friday October 9.

Anyone who needs support making the applications should contact paul.davies@dundeecity.gov.uk in the first instance.

The fund’s launch follows a wide-ranging review of Christmas provision across the city which will also see improvements to the city centre festive decorations and lights.

Dundee City Council

Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.

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