Thursday, 13 June 2013
Event Funding Awarded by Thanet District Council
Today (Thursday 13 June) the Vice Chairman of Thanet District Council and the Chair of the Events Grants Members Panel invited local events organisers who have received funding for 2013/14 in to the council to thank them for their efforts and present them with a cheque.
The council set aside a total of £115,000 in this year’s budget to support events in Thanet during 2013/14. Both Broadstairs and Ramsgate Town Councils each receive £30,000 of which they match fund and Margate, Cliftonville, Westgate, Birchington and the Villages collectively receive £50,000 towards funding for events.
The applications that Thanet District Council administers (Margate Cliftonville and surrounding villages) were received and assessed by a cross party panel of councillors, advised by officers, who made the final decision on how to allocate the money.
Some of the events that were granted funding were; the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Sandcastle Challenge, which is taking place in Margate, Garlinge Festival, Millmead Summer Fate, Westgate Fun Day, Margate Jazz Festival, South East Airshow and many more.
Each organisation had to meet strict criteria in their applications, including; generating money to support local businesses and traders and contributing to the visitor economy, supporting either sport, heath or well-being, culture arts or music or the area’s heritage and providing an event that is family friendly and will generate an audience.
Councillor Iris Johnston, Cabinet Member for Community Services, attended the presentation to award the cheques, she said: “Events play such a crucial role in Thanet, that is why we have ensured that there is funding in place to support them.
“We want to make certain that each of Thanet’s towns have money to put on events throughout 2013/14 to ensure we have a wide spread of activity across the area for both visitors and residents to enjoy. Thanks to this funding, we look forward to having a wide variety of events this year and I would like to thank organisers for all their hard work thus far.”