ID&C launches 2017 Grass Roots Festival Bursary

UK: Event wristband provider ID&C has launched its 7th annual Grass Roots Festival Bursary, giving small-to-medium festivals in the UK a chance to receive £2500 worth of security wristbands and credentials.

More than 50 festivals applied for last year’s bursary, which is open to any UK festival that has operated for eight years or less and has an overall attendance of up to 15,000 people.
You can apply for the 2017 Grass Roots Festival Bursary here. Entries close on 18 April, with the winner announced soon after.

Stuart Balkham, from 2016’s recipients, Elderflower Fields, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for us; not only did it enable money to be invested in other areas of the festival, but the ability to upgrade our wristbands improved security too.”

3500 people attended the festival designed specifically for families, set within the woodland of Pippingford Park in Ashdown Forest.

Balkham added: “It really felt like the icing on the cake for us to be able to provide customers and crew with lovely fabric wristbands, and added a touch of quality to the festival-goers’ experience.”

ID&C launched its Bursary in 2011, with LeeFest announced as the first recipients. The festival, famed for originating as a party in founder’s Lee Denny’s back garden, has since been joined by other winners SWN, Just So Festival, and Elderflower Fields.

“Cultivating a festival year-on-year, come rain or shine is no mean feat, and all festivals large or small continue to feel the pinch,” said ID&C’s Laura Welstead. “We created The Grass Roots Festival Bursary to support the UK’s smaller festivals as they grow, hopefully helping them to secure a successful future.”

Since 2011, over 200 festivals have applied to the Bursary, which is awarded to a festival that supports its local community and strives towards green initiatives.