The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 is mere weeks away. As host city Liverpool gears up to welcome the world, the Liverpool City Region’s Council has announced the Eurogrant scheme.
What is a Eurogrant?
Liverpool is putting on a variety of different events for fans visiting for the Contest this year. These events range from the Eurovillage at Pier Head to the Philharmonic Orchestra’s Eurovision set on May 12th. However, the local council wants to involve local residents and communities more, thanks to the Eurogrant scheme.
Culture Liverpool, in collaboration with the National Lottery Hedge Fund, are able to give grants from £250 (€284) up to £2,000 (€2,273) to local communities to celebrate Eurovision. These will be given to schools, community groups and grassroots organisations in the local Liverpool area. Applicants will need to prove they will celebrate the culture of communities in the region, whilst championing the Contest’s values of inclusion and tolerance. This money will be used to put on events like street parties and workshops to promote the Contest. It will also be used to promote Ukrainian culture, reminding people why Liverpool is hosting this year.
However, if you want to apply for a grant, you have to do it quickly, as applications close on Wednesday, 29th of March. Those who are successful will be contacted by Culture Liverpool by the 6th of April. Anyone interested in applying for the Eurogrant can do so through this link.
The road to Eurovision 2023
As Ukraine won the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, the country should have hosted the Contest in 2023. However, due to the ongoing war in the country, the EBU decided against hosting the show in Ukraine. As a result, the Contest will be held in the United Kingdom, who finished in second place in Turin. After a long bidding process, it was announced that Liverpool will host the Contest on May 9th, 11th and 13th.
What do you make of the Eurogrant scheme? Do you think more people in the Liverpool City Region should be getting involved in the Contest this year? Will you be attending any of the events going on in the city? As always, let us know what you think by commenting below. Also, be sure to follow “That Eurovision Site” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tiktok as we look ahead to Eurovision 2023!
News Source: Liverpool City Region
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