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New community events boosted by council grants

New community events organised by hard-working volunteers across Allerdale have been handed a funding boost.

Allerdale Borough Council supports numerous projects throughout the year through its small events grant fund.

Groups can apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help run their event which must help enhance the arts and cultural offering in the borough.

This month the council has awarded four grants to groups running events this summer and beyond.

Silloth Pride, to be held on Silloth Green on June 29, has been given £1,500 with the China Cultural Event in Greta Hall, Keswick, awarded £1,000. The China Cultural Event is scheduled to be held later this year.

In addition, two grants of £500 were given to Greysouthern Village Hall Film Festival and the Festival of Choirs event organised by the Carnegie Singers in Workington.

All four events are new and between them could attract thousands of visitors, in turn boosting the local economy.

Mark Jenkinson

Mark Jenkinson, the council’s deputy leader and portfolio holder for economic growth, said: “Events run by volunteers are the lifeblood of many of our communities in Allerdale, boosting tourism, supporting the economy and adding to the wonderful community spirit we already see.

“It’s great to be able to support such events as a council and we look forward to seeing their success.”

Events must meet a set of criteria to be eligible.

For more information on the scheme visit