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Big grants to be dished out to councils to celebrate VE Day

Parish, town and city councils in the Chichester district are being invited to apply for grants to mark VE Day, which will be celebrated this year on Friday, May 8.

 

A funding pot of £10,000 has been made available by Chichester District Council’s grants and concessions panel to support a range of projects and celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of war in Europe.

 

The panel will consider individual grants of up to £250, which could be used for lasting acts of celebration to mark the event, as well as community events held on the day.

 

Examples of projects could include planting trees, installing new public benches or holding a street party for the community.

 

“VE Day is a great opportunity to bring the community together and we are delighted to be able to support events and projects in celebration of this occasion,” said Cllr Roy Briscoe, cabinet member for community and culture.

 

“This year is particularly special as it is the 75th anniversaries of the end of war in Europe and the Pacific, and we want to help communities celebrate.

 

“I would encourage all parish, town and city councils to take advantage of this funding and get their applications in as soon as possible.”

 

Full details of all approved grants will be reported to the grants panel in March and July.

 

People will be able to view a list of all the events planned for VE Day in the area at: chichester.gov.uk/VE75

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