Council earmarks £30k of funding to support community events marking 75th anniversary of VE Day

Logo of the VE Day 75th anniversary celebration.

South Gloucestershire Council has announced that £30,000 is being made available for grants to organisations planning events to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe Day), over the bank holiday weekend, from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th May 2020.

The funding was approved as part of the Budget for 2020/21, which was agreed by Full Council on Wednesday 12th February.

The first May Bank Holiday this year has been moved by the government to fall on Friday 8th May to help mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, as well as town or parish councils in South Gloucestershire are being encouraged to apply for a share of the funding to help them put on events.

A council spokesperson said: “While we are aware that many groups are already well under way in their planning for the 75th anniversary of VE Day, we are keen to make these funds available to support their efforts and to take some of the pressure off from fundraising.”

Grants can be applied for to fund a range of activities associated with and to support events, including publicity costs, PA hire, insurance, marshalling and entertainment. The closing date for applications is noon on Thursday 5th March and successful applicants will be notified after 2nd April.

For more information about the grants and how to apply, visit

The application form and guidance is also available from the council’s Grants Team on 01454 865865 or by email via

Cabinet Member for communities, Cllr Rachael Hunt, said:

“We are really pleased to make this funding available to help a whole host of groups put on events for the whole community across South Gloucestershire to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.”

“The anniversary marks an important moment in our country’s history and I know that there are a range of events already being planned that will not only mark the day and remember the veterans who served during the Second World War, but that will also help educate the younger generations about a moment in our history.”

This article originally appeared in the March 2020 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 18). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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