Pitch For Your Project Case study #5

Abergavenny Pride

Following on from the success of last year’s pride event in Abergavenny last June, which was attended by over 240 local residents, the panel decided to fund the event again. This was to allow them to gain more funding through fundraising at the event with the aim of them becoming self-sufficient in the coming years. The fact that many of the attendees were MHA tenants played a key part in the group’s successful Pitch.

Pride is about visibility and creating a sense of belonging for people who may not have it. For those who are out it is a celebration and for those who are still struggling with their identities, Pride is a place of solace and a place of safety. Abergavenny Pride aim to ensure that people, especially younger people, feel completely accepted by attending an event which is primarily social but also has on hand information and support should they wish to make use of it.

They will use the monies awarded this year to pay for entertainers and an area for children to make this event more accessible for everyone.

Abergavenny Pride were nominated for Making A Difference award in 2019 for the positive impact that they had on their community. They were very worthy runners up.

Abergavenny Pride is a perfect example of how Pitch For Your Project Funding can help you with an idea to bring your community together. This project was founded by four Abergavenny residents that had an idea, pitched to us and then through sheer determination and passion pulled together a valuable and much needed community event. Abergavenny Pride now kindly offer to mentor any future applicants through the process of Pitch. So let their story be an inspiration to your project and start thinking what you can do to bring your community together. Our next round opens in September.

Due to the coronavirus, this year’s pride event that is due to take place in July may be postponed but what a party it will be when it can go ahead. Giving you time to make a grand costume or make your own flag to take and celebrate, get as creative as you can! We will update you as soon as we can on the date of Pride 2020. Until then keep smiling, get creating and stay safe.

Quotes from a tenant that attended last year

I finally felt like I belonged in my neighbourhood. Fantastic day and I’m looking forward to next year already. What a great day, colourful, lots of laughter, great singers and all free. Well done to all involved.

Quote from Abergavenny Pride

We are very thankful to MHA for the funding and ongoing support that we have received from them. The support has been invaluable in enabling us to put on Abergavenny’s first Pride event!! Unfortunately due to current circumstances our Pride event may have to be postponed this year and if that is the case our funding from MHA will he used to fund Abergavenny Pride 2021.

Do you have a project that will bring the community together and benefit MHA tenants but need some funding to get it off the ground then contact Clare on 01495 745749 or clare.evans@monmouthshirehousing.co.uk