Funding for your festival or event

Allerdale Festival and Events Fund

Allerdale Borough Council is committed to supporting the development of festivals and community-based arts and cultural events in the borough. We have established a fund that seeks to support festivals and events through an application process where applicants can apply for either a grant or sponsorship, depending on the nature of their event.

To find out more about the Allerdale Festivals and Events fund please see the guidance below. We aim to hold panel meetings every month so send your applications in at any time.

The aim of our Festival and Event Fund is to support the establishment and development of festivals and community based arts and cultural events in Allerdale which look to achieve the wider objectives set out below.


To support festivals and events that:
-           are a completely new event/festival
-           are an event/festival that is under 3 years old but are looking to include additional activity to improve event sustainability
-           will develop the cultural offer within its locality or appeal more widely across West Cumbria
-           will support the local economy
-           engage people from the local community
-           fill a gap in the tourist/cultural season
-           develop the skills of volunteers
-           maximise non-public sources of income, with a view to being sustainable and not dependent on funding


Applicants should:
-       demonstrate that the festival/event will meet the objectives set out above
-       demonstrate that the festival/event requires funding to:
-       develop and deliver it’s activity or
-       start a new venture to grow a new audience to make it sustainable
-       show that the funding will support an inclusive, community event, enabling something new to take place in the community that is ‘needed’ (i.e. it will not duplicate another similar event)
-        have a detailed budget breakdown in place and include with application, which includes a schedule of income/expenditure with evidence of match funding and any contingencies
-        be a community group, charity or not-for-profit organisation, which does not give potential sources of income to charity and has appropriate governance in place (constitution etc.)
-       show that the responsible organisation understand the requirements of organising a successful event and have the capacity to deliver what they plan to do
-        have appropriate insurance, licenses and permissions in place

Grants are between £100 - £2,000 

Please note:

  • Events that have had three previous grants will not be eligible for further grants.
  • This fund will not cover costs for Christmas lights switch on events or carnivals.

How do I apply?

You can apply for funding using the online application form via our website or by downloading our 'myAllerdale' app. You may also wish to download the guidance notes to assist you, which can be found in the downloadable documents section at the bottom of this page.

Recent events that have been supported by funding include:

  • Aspatria Music Festival 16/17
  • Braithwaite Big Lunch 17/18
  • Cockermouth Live 16/17
  • Townfest 17/18
  • Workington Kite Festival 17/18
  • Castlerock 16/17
  • Heart for Art Hayton 16/17
  • Keswick Film Festival 16/17
  • Lake District by Night Exhibition 16/17
  • Salterbeck Fun Day 16/17
  • Vintage in the Town 17/18

Depending on the type of festival or event that you are organising, there are a range of funding sources available to you. The following organisations will be able to give you more information about applying for funding:

Downloadable Documents

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