Manchester residents wanting to organise street parties for the Queen’s Jubilee or other events this summer can apply for cash from the City Council.
Under the Manchester Diamond Celebrations scheme, the City Council will make it as easy as possible for residents to hold street parties by providing funding for people hoping to arrange neighbourhood events on or around the Jubilee weekend, running from 1-5 June.
The announcement comes as Her Majesty the Queen prepares to visit Manchester on Friday 23 March, as she begins her Diamond Jubilee tour of the country.
During her visit, the Queen will meet 1,000 community champions who have made a difference in their communities – dubbed the Manchester Diamonds – and will unveil the stunning Jubilee Garden created by volunteers in Albert Square.
Now, residents can apply for grants of up to £200 to hold their own neighbourhood events to mark the Jubilee.
They can also make applications for other street parties, community clean-ups or planting sessions aimed at bringing communities together during a range of events this summer.
These include Manchester Neighbours Day on 1 June, National Volunteering Week on 1-7 June, the Manchester Day parade on 10 June as well as to mark the weekend when the Olympic torch comes through Manchester on 23-24 June.
Residents are being asked to make their applications from 12-30 April but can register their interest now by leaving their details at: www.manchester.gov.uk/diamonds.
They will then be sent a reminder to apply online when the application process is launched.
Councillor Sue Murphy, Manchester City Council’s deputy leader, said: “The Queen’s Jubilee, as well as other celebrations taking place this summer, will provide an ideal opportunity for Manchester residents to hold events enabling their neighbours to get together and demonstrate pride in their communities.
“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to hold these events in the city and so we look forward to receiving applications from residents.”