Decision details

Town Centre Events Grants - Summer 2024

Decision Maker: Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


We will require a decision on the recommended selection for the Town Centre Event Grants Summer 2024 rounds.

Grants have been advertised and event organisers have completed applications to deliver their own event in All Saints Square. There are five grants of £1500 available, one for each Saturday in August. This is the second grant scheme the Council has run: the first was in March 2024. The purpose of these grants is to create more free public events in Rotherham Town Centre, to drive footfall, and to support independent organisers to deliver their own events.

The Events and Town Centre teams have selected five for approval, based on: quality of application; appropriateness of budget; experience; if it’s suitable for family audiences; accessibility and inclusivity; and to offer a range of creative disciplines and cultural experiences.

A decision is required so that the applicants can be notified.  This will allow time to for awardees to promote and deliver the event.

Funding for the grants has come from UKSPF funding as part of an agreed RMBC Events’ Town Centre Events’ programme, and requires no RMBC Events budget.







Date of Decision:

8th July 2024


Town Centre Grants – Summer Programme

Decision Maker:

(Including Job Title)

Leanne Buchan

Head of Creative Programming & Engagement

Specific Delegation:

(If any)

Sub scheme of Delegation - Regeneration and Environment Oct 2022: All financial matters relating to the management and delivery of cultural, leisure, green spaces, landscape design and sports services, including:


  • Authorisation of grants up to a value of £25000 according to the Council’s criteria for cultural, leisure and events grants

Brief Description of Decision:

1.    To award 3 Event Grants of £1,500 to support community event organisers to undertake activities in the Town Centre over a three-week period.


2.    It is proposed that the charges associated with the Event Application pack for events taking place on Council land are waived for any events supported through the grants programme, however a completed pack will still be required for due diligence.


Reasons for the Decision:

To enable financial support for small event organisers and businesses to animate the Town Centre through the summer.


Details of alternative options considered and rejected:

Do Nothing – Event organisation carries a range of costs such as venue hire, marketing, equipment hire, catering and paying performers. In addition, costs associated with Council fees and charges related event application packs for events taking place on Council land can make the cost of hosting event prohibitive. Without support from the Council organisers may not have the means to organise events which stifles talent development in the community and places additional pressure on the available resources within the Council’s events team.

Conflicts of interest declared by any Executive Member consulted by the decision maker which relates to the decision:


Dispensations Granted:

(If any)



Reports or parts of reports considered

Part A & B Equalities Impact Assessment

Carbon Impact Assessment


I certify that this is a true record of the executive decision to award 3 Event Grants of £1,500 to support community event organisers to undertake activities in the Town Centre over a three-week period


Signed by the Decision Maker   Leanne Buchan

Dated:          8th July 2024


Name: Leanne Buchan             

Job Title: Head of Creative Programming & Engagement


Publication date: 08/07/2024

Date of decision: 08/07/2024

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