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Event Ignition Fund grants up for grabs

Grants are up for grabs to help spark a cultural extravaganza across Middlesbrough.

The £100,000 Event Ignition Fund will support organisers to deliver amazing events throughout the town over the next 12 months.

Grants from £250 right up to £20,000 are up for grabs - and only the best applications will be successful.

The application window opens on Monday (January 24) and all bids must be submitted by midnight on Sunday, February 20.

Funding's also available for community celebration events over the Queen's Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5.

There are two grant schemes for events which must be open to residents or communities - applications close on Wednesday, February 16:

  • Up to £1,000 for constituted groups for community-based activities
  • Up to £250 to community groups or neighbours for locally-based street parties

Councillor Stephen Hill, Middlesbrough Council's Executive member for Culture & Communities, said: "The pandemic had a devastating impact on the entertainment sector, and starved all of us of the events and shows that are such an important part of our life.

"Middlesbrough's resilient though, and it will coming bouncing back with a creative and cultural offer that's bigger and better than ever.

"The Event Ignition Fund is a fantastic way to kick-start that, and these grants will make a real difference.

"I can't wait to see how the funding is put to use - there's some amazing talent out there and I know audiences are in for a real treat."

Middlesbrough Deputy Mayor Councillor Mieka Smiles added: "2022 promises to be a really special year, and we're determined to make the most of it.

"These grants will kick-start events to bring communities together, and act as a showcase for everything that makes Middlesbrough great."

For more information on how to apply for an Event Ignition Fund grant, check out the community grants page.

Anyone interested in applying for a Platinum Jubilee celebration event grant should email Sharon Barker at or call  01642 729309.