14 September 2018
Kensington and Chelsea Council are giving local people and groups more of a say in who receives our Carnival grant, helping to fund one of the world’s top street celebrations. The way we provide our Carnival grant is also changing, as we will be providing the grant on a three year basis, to allow Carnival organisers more certainty in their financial planning.
The Carnival community controls Notting Hill Carnival, and the council supports the Carnival organisers with a £100,000 annual grant. The new grant funding advisory panel, drawn from the community, will make sure this new award process is transparent and that the process is guided by the local community.
A number of individuals and groups have indicated they would like to be part of the panel. To make sure everyone has a chance to take part we’ve extended the deadline for people to tell us they want to be part of the process until the end of September as many groups were focused on Carnival itself in August.
Cllr Walaa Idris, Deputy Lead Member for Culture and Communities, Kensington and Chelsea Council, said:
“Carnival is at the heart of the cultural life of the borough and a huge majority of local people think it’s a great thing for our area.
“We respect Carnival as something that belongs to the community and as we introduce a new way of providing a grant to support the event, we want local people and groups have more of a voice in who receives the money.
“I look forward to working with the new board to help support next year’s Carnival and make it an exceptional year.”
If you would like to take part please visit here for more details.
Residents can share their thought on Carnival this year, with us and this year's organisers, at the Post-Carnival Residents Meeting, on Monday 17 September.