07/04/17: Grants for community get-togethers

Breckland Council is offering one-off grants to enable communities to participate in The Great Get Together, a nationwide event in memory of Jo Cox, to be held over 17 - 18 June 2017 encouraging people of all backgrounds to come together.

The event is being held to mark the anniversary of the death of the MP, who inspired many when she said that we have more in common than divides us. 

Paul Claussen, Breckland Council Executive member for Place said: "This special weekend of community celebrations is a fitting way to honour Jo Cox and we want to encourage as many people as possible to take part. It will be a fantastic opportunity for residents to get to know their neighbours better, have fun and make new friends. 

The council's grant scheme will help cover the costs of staging an event. This could include organising a street party, a community barbeque, a neighbourhood bake-off competition or any other food-related get together. 
Cllr Claussen continued: "I am encouraging local clubs and organisations in the district to find out more and get in touch. We've made our grant application process simple and straightforward, and you'll find there are lots of suggestions and advice about event organisation available from the national organising body."

Organisations such as parish councils, sports clubs, women's institutes and social clubs are eligible to apply to Breckland for grants of up to £200; only one application can be made per group. The deadline for applications is 2 May 2017, and groups will hear by 5 May whether their application has been successful. 

To find out more about the Breckland Council grant scheme, email community@breckland.gov.uk, visit www.breckland.gov.uk/community-funding, or call 01362 656870. To find out more about the Great Get Together event, to get advice about holding an event or to sign up visit www.greatgettogether.org