Camden invites applications for grants for community festivals in 2023-24

Camden Council will give out a total of £35,000 worth of grants to ensure a diverse mix of community festivals can take place in 2023-2024.

Last year beneficiaries of the grant included Highgate Fair in the Square, Camden Mela and Day of the Dead celebrations, as well as many more localised events and festivals on Camden’s estates or in communities, including a raft of street parties to mark the late Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.

The application process for grants for 2023-2024 is now open. Applications are welcome for any event which can bring the community together, though the Council would particularly welcome applications for events which mark:

  • The coronation of King Charles III (May)
  • The 75th anniversary of Windrush (June)
  • The 75th anniversary of the NHS (June)
  • Pride month (June)
  • South Asian Heritage Month (July and August)
  • Diwali (October)
  • Black History Season (October to December)
Councillor Sabrina Francis, Cabinet Member for Young People and Culture

I am delighted that Camden Council will be supporting community festivals again in 2023-2024. The past challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic have highlighted the importance of Camden’s community spirit, and we welcome more events that bring local residents together.

We have protected the £35,000 community festivals grant pot in recognition of the important role you play in fostering community cohesion. I am also pleased to be able to confirm that all community festivals and events that receive a grant will also receive a waiver of all non-statutory fees and charges such as road closures, trading licenses, waste collections and parking suspensions relating to an event.

We hope you can develop strong partnerships and proposals and consider engagement with diverse participants from multiple communities from a range of ethnicities, faiths, abilities, sexual orientation, and class to celebrate Camden’s cultural diversity. I look forward to seeing a packed programme of community festivals in the coming year.

Councillor Sabrina Francis, Cabinet Member for Young People and Culture

Information on how to apply for a grant is available on the Camden website and Love Camden.

The deadline for grant applications will be 23:59pm on Tuesday, 28 February 2023 and all funding decisions will be announced by Friday, 31 March 2023.