Afrofest approved funding from Luton Rising

24 May 2022, 15:32
Second round of Special Events funding now open
Following the first round of funding to support community events in Luton, we are delighted to announce that round two of the fund is now officially open.

The Luton Rising special events community fund is being provided to support the return to a full programme in Luton, and the intention is to encourage local communities, groups or individuals to plan and run local neighbourhood activities to compliment that programme.

The first round of the fund will support 14 successful applications to run activities that will engage with many communities within the town. 

The successful applicants who received grants from the first round of funding are: 

• Pride in Luton – Luton’s first ever pride event 
• Diwali in Luton 
• Afrofest 
• Sinfonia Verdi 
• Stopsely United FC 
• Colours of Eid celebration
• Society for the Advancement of Black Arts
• Lewsey Community Festival 
• Warden Hill Community Hall
• Strathmore Avenue Methodise Church 
• Friends of Wandon Recreation Park 
• Hockwell Festival Committee
• Futures House 

New applicants can apply for up to £10,000 to run their own local neighbourhood activity through these grants provided by the council and funded by Luton Rising.

Cllr Sian Goding portfolio holder responsible for Arts and Culture at Luton Council said, “Community and cultural events are such an integral part of Luton, so after two difficult years seeing the return of many annual and popular events, alongside so many locally run community events is very encouraging and a joy – it’s never been more important to bring together our communities through activities and the arts.“

“We are delighted that this second round of funding will allow even more people the chance to organise their own events in their neighbourhoods. Transforming lives through arts, culture and heritage is such an important aspect of our Luton 2040 vision for the town.”

Cllr Javeria Hussain, Chair of Luton Rising said, “Luton Rising is delighted to be able to support so many projects in the town. We’re very proud of our track record of investing in local communities, which makes us the most socially-impactful airport in the UK, and the news that the second round is now live is very exciting. This funding will enable communities to continue to grow through these vibrant events.”

To find out more, see the full criteria and complete an application, please visit 

The deadline for all applications is 12 June 2022.
Contact InformationLuton Council Press OfficeFollow us @lutoncouncil01582 547402 (including out of hours)

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Stockwood Park Luton

11 February 2022,

Stockwood park – how do you use it and what would you like to see?

Views are being sought on Stockwood park to help develop plans to make the best use of the area for visitors whilst recognising its historical and ecological benefits.Last year engagement took place on the future of the area of park where the golf centre stands to determine if there was sufficient demand for the sport on the site.  Following a review of the extensive feedback councillors made the decision to approve the development of a Masterplan to explore how the whole of the park can be best used for the benefit of the wider community.There will be two rounds of consultation, in this first stage people are being asked for their comments on how they currently use the park and what they think of the current facilities. Views are also being sought on what they would like to see more of, what type of facilities they would like as well as their thoughts on cycling and walking access to get about the site and how this could be improved. Findings of the survey will be used to create a draft Masterplan and a second stage of consultation will take place to get people’s views.

The feedback given will help refine these proposals so a final Masterplan report can be developed.Cllr Abbas Hussain portfolio holder responsible for parks said. “We had a huge response with a wide range of passionate views when we consulted last year.  We listened to those ideas which led us to review the whole of Stockwood and work to develop a Masterplan.“There are no proposals for using the park for any other types of development such as housing and no decision has been made to close Stockwood Park Golf Centre. Our key priority is about ensuring that we maximise the recreational benefits of the whole park for all the community and visitors as well as celebrate its historical importance and ecological value”.As many views as possible are being sought to determine the best future use for this site so people are encourage to give their thoughts before the consultation ends 11 March.

The survey is online and the design boards can be viewed virtually. The boards can also be viewed in-person at The discovery Centre, Stockwood Park and the project team will also be available on Thursday 17 February 11am to 4pm. Paper copies of the survey will be available for those who request them.

Contact Information
Joanna Softly
Luton Council

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