Manchester Pride is inviting local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organisations, promoters and individuals to apply for grants of up to £500 from the Community Events fund to form part of this year’s Pride events programme.

The fund was established in 2009 to raise the diversity of events taking place throughout the ten day festival. Applications from community and voluntary sector organisations, registered charities and individuals wishing to organise events for the festival are particularly welcome.

The Community Event Fund can be used for the following:

Artists, performers or speakers fees
Travel for artists and performers
Marketing
Technical or projection equipment hire
Venue hire
Materials
Jackie Crozier, festival manager of Manchester Pride, said “Following last year’s success we are absolutely delighted to continue the grant scheme in 2010. We’re always looking for new and innovative projects and this year we hope to see a variety of events from arts and cultural activities to campaigning and political debate. It’s also great to get the chance to support individuals and organisations and help ensure their event is a success.”

Planned events must take place between Friday 20- Thursday 26 August 2010. Each application will be assessed by a panel of assessors made up of representatives from Manchester Pride.

The closing date for applications is Monday 8 March 2010. Applications should be sent to: Manchester Pride Community Events Fund, Manchester Pride, The Department Store, 5 Oak Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 5JD.

For more information about the Community Events Fund, visit: www.manchesterpride.com

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