£120,000 Regional Events Growth Fund Announced

Dumfries and Galloway Council has announced that more than £120,000 will be available for festivals and events grants in financial year 2024/25, as part of the Dumfries and Galloway Events Strategy 2023-2027.

At the meeting of the Council’s Communities Committee on 3 October, councillors agreed to introduce the Regional Events Growth Fund and continue the Major Events Fund. Events organisers can apply to the two funding programmes from Monday 16 October with a deadline of Friday the 24 November.

The Regional Events Growth Fund is being established to provide finance for the most ambitious community events to grow into regional attractions.

Councillor Ian Blake, Chair of the Council’s Communities Committee said: “Our long-standing events strategies have always been welcomed and embraced by the region’s events sector. We have a terrific partnership with the region’s events organisers, and the two funding programmes we have announced will lead to many great projects being supported, to the benefit of local communities and businesses.”
Councillor Jackie McCamon, Vice Chair of Communities Committee said: “Despite the difficult challenges of the cost-of-living crisis and COVID-19, the region’s events sector has proved to be resilient and innovative. The Regional Events Growth Fund can help our events sector go from strength to strength and lay down the foundations for many great eye-catching events of the future.”

Full details of the Regional Events Growth Fund 2024/25 and Major Events Fund 2023/2024 are available on the Council’s website or organisations can email [email protected] to request the application forms.