Dumfries and Galloway Council has announced that its Major Events Strategic Fund is open to applications.
The Fund is an integral part of the new regional Major Festivals and Events Strategy 2018-2021, which was adopted by the Council earlier this month.
The Council has forecast that the new Strategy will create a financial stimulus of more than £30m of additional expenditure in the regional economy in the next four years.
The Fund has previously helped secure the growth of many events projects, including the Electric Fields and Eden Festivals. In 2017 its grant support part-funded World Championship Gold Panning in Moffat and the new and highly successful Stranraer Oyster Festival.
The new Strategy aims to position Dumfries and Galloway as the best place in rural Scotland in which to plan, manage, deliver and visit great festivals and events.
Councillor Andy Ferguson, Chair of the Council’s Communities Committee said, “The Major Events Strategic Fund is an essential aspect of the new Major Festivals and Events Strategy. The Council is committed to the roll out of the new Strategy and the early introduction of this Fund enables the best possible planning for events projects for 2018. Many thousands of additional visitors will visit Dumfries and Galloway next year as a direct result of this Fund, which is one of many ways the Council is supporting our local economy through effective partnerships with communities, events organisations and local businesses.”
Stuart Turner, Head of EventScotland, said: “Events play a big part in our visitor economy and the funding being made available through Dumfries and Galloway’s Major Events Strategic Fund will ensure the region’s burgeoning events and festivals sector continues to prosper.
“Scotland is the perfect stage for events and the Council’s new Major Festivals and Events Strategy will play a key role in ensuring we maintain this enviable reputation.”
Councillor John Martin, who is the Vice-Chair of the Communities Committee commented, “The Major Festivals and Events Strategy will support and sustain the region’s seven Signature Events over the next four years and create many opportunities for the introduction and growth of new major events. The Council does have the skills and expertise to help develop this sector to the benefit of the regional population and the tourism industry of Dumfries and Galloway.”
Application forms for the Council’s Major Events Strategic Fund can be obtained by emailing Grantapplications@dumgal.gov.uk
Eligible projects must demonstrate that they have an events budget of £30,000 or more and a potential audience of 1000 unique visitors to be apply to apply.
The Major Events Strategic Fund will close to applications on Friday 8 December 2017. Funding decisions are expected to be announced in February 2018.