Small grants available for Big Lunch / Great Get Together street parties and community celebrations

South Bucks District Council is pleased to announce a new grant scheme allowing them to award small grants to support local Great Get Together / Big Lunch activities and events across the district.

The new Connected Communities Small Grants Scheme, which launched today (Monday 29th April) offers grants of up to £150 to support local community events that help prevent social isolation or allow neighbours to get to know one another better.

Two nationwide initiatives are taking place this June which both encourage us to get to know our neighbours. The Big Lunch is the UK's annual get together for neighbours. Every year in June since the idea began in 2009, millions of people stop what they're doing and get together with neighbours in a nationwide act of community and friendship. In addition is The Great Get Together which will take place over the weekend of June 22nd to 24th.

Grants are available for Town and Parish councils, youth clubs, community groups and charities.

South Bucks District Councillor Patrick Hogan, Portfolio Holder for Healthy Communities says: "If you're involved with a community group, club or charity and looking to host a 'Big Lunch' or 'Great Get Together' we'd be glad to hear from you. An event can be anything from a small gathering in a garden, local park or even just a couple of trestle tables on your driveway. Many neighbours and groups will be able to put on a lunch without any additional funding, but for those needing a little help I'd urge you to apply so that we can help as many people as possible take part."

To apply for a grant, please send the following details of your project to by no later than midnight on Wednesday 15th May.

Details should include the following:

  • Main contact
  • Organisation
  • Project outline including start and finish dates
  • Total cost of project
  • Amount of funding required
  • Other funding sources

Notification as to which applications will receive funding will be made by 5pm on Friday 17th May.

Applications will be considered only for projects that can be delivered by 30th June 2019.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact

Please note those planning a street party, may need to apply to close the road and will need to seek permission to hold the event from the landowner. Applications must be made six week before the date of the party. For further details on street parties, please visit Bucks County Council's website at

For more information about the Big Lunch please watch the video below.