Vital cash boost to help 2012 celebrations

THURROCK Council has worked hard to find a way to encourage groups to celebrate 2012 — the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee.

By combining some money from two funding streams — Local Public Service Agreements reward money and the council’s Olympic funding — the council has identified £20,000 to share with local organisations and local people.

Leader of the Council, Cllr John Kent, said: “The council knows that putting on celebrations isn’t cheap and we want to do what we can to help everybody, from individual streets to villages and forums, celebrate this momentous year.

“I have already made a call for groups to contact us for help and co-ordination of events and it now gives me a great deal of pleasure to say we might well be able to help financially too.

“The fund is open for grant requests from a couple of hundred pounds to a couple of thousand.

“We don’t want to take over others’ events, but we do want to help and we do want to contribute where we can. I’d urge everyone who is getting ready to Celebrate Thurrock 2012, to think about this.

“What will you need the money for? Will it be bunting, tables or food? How will you be able to show you’ve spent the money properly? This is public money we are dealing with and there has to be a full and open audit trail for every penny spent.”

Anyone thinking of organising a celebratory event and asking for a small grant is asked to email events@thurrock.gov.uk and the council will get back to them with details of the specific information needed top apply for money.

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