Get Involved Fund

You are invited to get involved in Merchant City Festival 2021! 

To mark the launch of the 20th edition of Merchant City Festival, we are inviting our fantastic local Merchant City businesses to get involved and join in the fun! We are only able to support proposals which are currently permitted in your normal operating plan for your premises which are in keeping with your current COVID – 19 overlay plans at this time, however we also support applications to enhance the look and feel of your outdoor area.

We are inviting the Merchant City retailers, restaurants, bars and venues to apply to the festival’s Get Involved Fund for a grant of up to £500. Due to the reduced footprint of the Merchant City Festival this year, only businesses operating in the boundary of the following area can apply:

  • Wilson Street (East from Glassford Street).
  • Hutcheson Street.
  • Brunswick Street.
  • Bell Street (from Candleriggs to Walls Street).
  • Albion Street (between Blackfriars street north of Q park entrance).
  • Garth Street.
  • John Street pedestrianised area

This fund can support a range of activities such as: enhancing your outdoor area with decorations, using the colour palette of the festival (purple, mustard, teal and red) or extending your current entertainment content to the operating times of the festival.

There will be no markets or additional food and drink provisions aside from what is already in operation in the Merchant City this year.

Application form can be downloaded as a word document HERE, full T&C's detailed within. 

Deadline for application submission is 9am Thursday 10th of June. 

Businesses can access our online toolkit containing downloadable social media assets to highlight the event on their own channels.

Click here to access the online toolkit 
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