Applications to run London’s Pride events from 2023 until 2027 have officially opened, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has confirmed.
Up to £625,000 can be applied for, with City Hall’s funding supporting both the planning and delivery of the parade and march, as well as the celebrations in Trafalgar Square.
An advisory group made up of representatives from LGBTQ+ community organisations helped to develop the terms of the funding package.
“I’m delighted to invite LGBTQI+ community organisations to deliver the capital’s Pride celebrations for the next five years,” the Mayor said.
“More than 1m people gathered in our capital earlier this month in an incredible show of solidarity and celebration, as we marked the 50th anniversary of London’s first Pride march.
“Pride has had a huge impact on our society over the last five decades and this funding will help start a new era. I encourage LGBTQI+ community-led groups to step forward to run the events and help show the world that London is a beacon of inclusiveness, acceptance and diversity.”
The successful applicant needs to prove that they can organise and deliver the event, which is currently overseen by Pride in London.
London recently celebrated what is believed to be the largest Pride in British history.
The events held on 2 July marked Pride in London’s first showing in the capital since 2019 after the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021.
This year also coincided with the 50th anniversary of the UK’s first Pride march, with veterans from the Gay Liberation Front leading the parade with chants such as “3, 5, 7, 9, lesbians are mighty fine”.
Applications to run the Pride events are open until noon on 12 September 2022. More information can be found here.