Ever wanted to hold a street party?
This year The Big Lunch is offering a small grant of up to £150 to help people organise a street party in their neighbourhood.
The fund is open from now until September, and is designed to cover the costs of things like a temporary street closure or public liability insurance.
Although Big Lunch events got underway on June 7, people are encouraged to run events throughout the summer.
According to the application form: “To To be eligible you need to be able to tell us how you would use the grant to enable your community or
street to take part, and what barriers it would help to overcome.”
Additional funding of up to £500 is available for people who want to organise a follow-on idea.
Minister for Community Empowerment Marco Biagi MSP said: “We’re often guilty of not making enough time to get to know the people who live next door to us, never mind the ones who live down the street. The Big Lunch is a simple way to reconnect with our neighbours.”
Feedback from the 2014 Big Lunch found that 97 per cent of people who took part would recommend the event to their friends, and 84 per cent said it made them feel better about their neighbourhood.
Emily Watts, Campaign Manager for The Big Lunch in Scotland, said: “We always say that you don’t need much money to hold a Big lunch when everyone brings something to the table and that is still true – but there are times when a small amount of help can mean the difference between your community getting involved and not.
You can find out more, and download an application form, from here.