Festival and Event Grants

Please read our funding guidelines before starting an application. Click here (202.0 KB) PDF to download a copy.

This grant scheme funds community events or festivals taking place within the next 12 months. We especially like to see events that bring communities together and projects that aim to become self-funding in future years, or wish to provide residents in the Vale with new opportunities that may not be otherwise possible without initial funding from the Vale of White Horse District Council.

Click here to start a new application or Click here to view an existing application (including to complete a monitoring or claim form) 

Opening and closing dates 

We are accepting applications until noon on Thursday 28 February 2020, or until all funding has been allocated. We recommend early submission for events that take place at least six weeks away.

How much is available and what for? 

We have £10,000 to support music, sporting, cultural, children’s and grassroots community events which build thriving communities and seek to improve the lives of our residents. You can request between £250-£1,000, and up to a maximum of 75 per cent of your event's total costs. You can include one-off capital or revenue costs, such as staff costs, hire fees and equipment purchases.

Who can apply and how often? 

We would like to hear from non-profit community organisations which have a constitution and bank account in the name of the organisation. We can only fund an event once in any financial year, for a maximum of three years.


The council is committed to promoting equality and diversity and welcomes applications from organisations representing minority or vulnerable groups. We encourage all applicants to make their event as inclusive and accessible to all as possible.

Get in touch

You can drop us an email at grants@southandvale.gov.uk or call us on 01235 422405 if you have any questions about the scheme and whether your event is eligible.

We also recommend you check out our event-management guide and register your event with our Safety Advisory Group, which is a forum to provide advice and guidance to event organisers and other agencies before applying.

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the necessary licenses, insurance and permissions you may need to run this event. Visit our pages on events licencing or contact our licensing team at licensing@southoxon.gov.uk for more information.  

Last reviewed: 05 - 08 - 2019

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