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Aberdeen council offers funding for festive events

Aberdeen council offers funding for festive events

It's now less than 100 days to Christmas and Aberdeen City Council is once again inviting local groups to apply for special funding for community-based Yuletide events.

The Community Festive Fund was established to encourage organisations and groups to come together within their own communities.

The fund can provide up to £500 to an individual community group or organisation, which plans a festive celebration for their local community or wants to develop an existing event.

A pot of £25,000 is available to help support community activities over the Christmas period and £4000 is available for Hogmanay events.

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The Christmas activities must be held between Monday, November 23, and Wednesday, December 30, in Aberdeen and the Hogmanay events must take place between Thursday, December 31, and Sunday, January 3, in the city.

Only one application per group will be considered and funding can only be used for the purposes of entertainment, venue hire, transport, staffing or catering.

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However, the council stipulated that no part of the funding can be spent on the provision of alcohol.

And community groups must provide receipts for all expenditure and submit them to the local authority no later than two weeks after the event takes place.

Any organisation which has received three years of consecutive funding is not eligible to apply for a fourth year of consecutive funding and must 'sit out' a year before they can apply for festive funding again.

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Jenny Laing, leader of Aberdeen City Council, said: "We would encourage any local group or community that is planning to organise an event over the festive period to get in touch.

"There is a limited amount of funding available but we would be delighted to see it go to as many groups and communities as possible."

The application form is available here.

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