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Events that are right up your high street

Do you have a brilliant idea for an event that could engage with local people and help bring positivity to your local high street?

Ealing Council and the borough’s High Streets Task Force are seeking proposals from local community groups and organisers to deliver family friendly events and activities in one of the borough’s 13 high streets and town centres.

It could be a fun day, themed event, street performance, or live entertainment. A great idea could be everything from a community picnic to a craft fair to a reuse, repair and recycle event for residents.

Perhaps your idea is for an event in a specific high street or designed as a series of pop-up activities that can tour the borough.

This first call for the Experience Ealing programme provides funding for the delivery of events and interactive activities that will take place between November 2023 and March 2025.

To apply, you need to be part of a local group. That could be a voluntary organisation, traders or resident association, school, not for profit company, charity, or community company.

The selected organisations will be awarded with grants of up to £5,000 to help deliver each event.

Find out more about the grants and apply on the council’s website.

Applications in the first call close on 5pm on Thursday 26 October 2023.

Councillor Louise Brett, cabinet member for decent living incomes, said: “I am delighted that we secured funding for this exciting opportunity. I look forward to seeing the brilliant ideas which I hope will engage, entertain and hopefully educate and support our residents.”

Councillor Polly Knewstub, cabinet member for thriving communities, said: “This is a really great chance for local communities to come together, create fun and engaging events for their neighbours and help support our high streets and town centres.”

Ealing’s High Streets Task Force is a partnership between the council and the local business community to identify ways of supporting borough’s businesses and rebuild thriving high streets. Members include Make It Ealing, Your Acton BID, InWest Ealing BID, Pitshanger Village Traders Association, Southall Communities and local business owners.

Do you have a brilliant idea but can’t make the deadline? Don’t worry, there will be an opportunity to pitch your idea in the second round in February 2024.

Experience Ealing funding is awarded as part of the Mayor of London’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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