125th Anniversary Funding Pot

125th Anniversary

September 19th 2017 is the 125th Anniversary of the Borough of Southend-on-Sea.

We are marking the anniversary by planning a series of events throughout the summer to encourage visitors to the area.

The 125th anniversary began with the iconic Poppies sculpture, Wave at Barge Pier in Shoeburyness which ruan from April 12th until June 25th. Wave is a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads suspended on towering stalks, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. This breath-taking sculpture is being exhibited across the UK, along with Weeping Window, by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary.

Celebrations conclude on the pier on September 24th with ‘Silk River”: a creative regional event linking the Thames Estuary with the Hooghly River in Kolkata.

Throughout the summer we will be encouraging local community groups and businesses to help us by organising their own events.

To support this programme, we are making a series of grants to individuals, and local arts, heritage or sports groups to put on events. Organisations can bid for up to £1,000 during the celebration year, with £20,000 in the total pot.

By gaining council funding, successful groups will then be able to access and apply for bigger grants that are available, but which require match funding.

By offering this financial support we hope local groups will be able to apply for more lottery funds and lever the larger grants from organisations such as the Arts Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Active Essex.

Funding is available until the pot runs out, applications can be made online, and you will need to explain the project outcomes, match funding request and key contact information. For further information and assistance, please call 01702 215011 or email council@southend.gov.uk.  

A special 125 logo has been developed and we are encouraging businesses to use the logo during the celebratory period. Please contact the Culture Business Support team.

Page last updated: 11/08/2017