The organizers of Brighton and Hove Pride have revealed that this year’s outing raised £147,263 ($195,123, €165,935) for community good causes.
This year’s Pride featured performances from the likes of Years & Years (fronted by the openly gay Olly Alexander, pictured above) and the Pet Shop Boys.
Proceeds will be distributed as grants to LGBTI/HIV organizations and community groups through the Rainbow Fund, the Pride Social Impact Fund and the Pride Community Fund.
Paul Kemp, Managing Director of Brighton and Hove Pride, commented: ‘We are immensely grateful for the support of everyone who purchased tickets for the official Pride events as well as our sponsors and local supporting businesses all who have helped us raise this record amount of Pride community fundraising.’
He furthermore continued: ‘We really want local businesses across the city to benefit from the Pride weekend. But, apart from contributions from venues within the Village Party zone, there has been a disappointing amount of support locally. Prior to Pride we sent over 2,000 letters by post to local businesses who benefit from the bumper Pride weekend. We invited them to support Pride’s fundraising for the Social impact Fund but, to date, no support has been forthcoming.
‘Pride is a great event promoting the whole city to a national and international audience. But it’s also about community and responsibility and surely this should be shared by everyone who benefits from the weekend. Pride hope more businesses will help with the fundraising effort in the future.’
A spokesperson furthermore added that all Pride ticket revenue raised goes directly to the operational and running costs of producing the Pride Festival, Pride Community Parade, Pride Village Party and community fundraising grants through the Rainbow Fund, a Brighton and Hove based grant-giving fund for local LGBT and HIV/AIDS organisations, and the Pride Social Impact Fund (SIF).
The SIF was created in 2015 so that businesses that benefit from Pride in the City could contribute to community groups and local good causes across the City. It is independently run and chaired by Tim Ridgway with representatives from the Argus, Brighton & Hove Independent, Latest 7, G Scene and BBC Sussex.
The Rainbow Fund Grants for local LGBTI community groups will be announced at the Rainbow Fund Grants Awards 2017 at the Brighton Hilton Metropole on the 16th October.
Applications for Pride Social Impact Fund Grants opens on 1 October 2017 with successful applicants announced in December. More information and how to apply here.
This year’s Pride community fund consists of £107,508.74 donated to the Rainbow Fund. The Social impact fund will have a total of £19,755.00 available to distribute in grants for 2017 including £5,140.00 rolled over from 2016. The new Pride Community Fund has £20,000 allocated for Special Pride Grants.
Number crunching Brighton and Hove Pride…
Firstly, this is the cost to deliver Brighton & Hove Pride. (Or $2.4m, or €2m).
Secondly, this is approximate amount the festival brought to the seaside city with visitors spending money on accommodation, retail, food and drink across the Pride weekend. (Or $24m, or €20m).
The amount raised for the Rainbow Fund and Pride Social Impact Fund in the last five years. (Or $596,637, or €507,375).
The number of people who attended ticketed events over the course of the 2017 weekend. It’s also the number of people who passed through Brighton’s train station over the same period.
The number of participants and spectators of this year’s Pride Community Parade.
Lastly, the cost to attend the free Pride Community Parade!