City Celebration

A new £25,000 city celebration fund has been launched, to help local residents and groups celebrate our new City status and support community ownership. 

The fund will be managed and delivered by the Community Investment Board and has been made possible thanks to £20,000 from Southend-on-Sea City Council and £5,000 from Olympus. The Board is made up of local residents who volunteer to help decide where community investment goes and ensure that any grants enable Southend residents to improve their lives.  

Whether you have already planned your event and need some extra funds, or it is not yet in the making, you can apply for up to £2,000 of funding for events taking place from June onwards. 

The board are keen to hear from those based in Southend who are planning events that are being held before 31 March 2023 and that: 

  • Will celebrate Southend’s heritage, culture, and/or diversity and our new City status 
  • Are accessible and open to all  
  • Taking place at a venue in Southend-on-Sea 

Due to the high number of applications already received the Board are going to close the fund and assess applications received by 5pm on the 17 June. If there are funds remaining after that review, then it may be re-opened in the future.

The fund is open to any not-for-profit group looking to hold an upcoming event. You might be a group of individuals, faith group, registered charity, CIC, small constituted group or something else – whatever you are, if you have an event in mind the Board are keen to hear from you.  

To access the fund guidance and short application form, please click the button below.

If you have questions or want to talk through an idea you have get in touch with the Community Investment Fund Coordinator using, call 07415 846506. 

Events funded so far:

Leigh Folk Festival

SAFE Essex 25th Anniversary Celebration

Nexus Wellbeing – Wellbeing Concerts

Southend Pride 2022

EID in the City of Southend

Trust links Summer Fayre

Southend City Celebration

Southend Art Trail