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Pitch your project at next ‘Dragon’s Den’

Published Friday 6 July 2018

The next Dragon’s Den style event could help bring exciting projects in the Harborough district to fruition – with some major funders ready to offer support.

The fifth event of its kind in the district, organised by Harborough District Council, will see local groups and individuals encouraged to submit projects with some invited to pitch to a panel of funding experts.

In return, they’ll get specific advice from the panel about potential funding, key criteria, and next steps to help secure successful grant applications.

The innovative event is inspired by the popular BBC television programme but is much more informal and relaxed.

It will take place at The Symington Building in Market Harborough on Wednesday 19 September 2018 from 10am to 4pm.

Funders who have confirmed attendance so far include Harborough District Council, HDC Sports Development Team, Leicestershire County Council Shire Grants, BBC Children in Need, Big Lottery Awards for All, Tesco Groundwork Trust, Market Harborough and the Bowden’s Charity and Leicestershire and Rutland Sport.

Councillor Janette Ackerley, who has responsibility at the district council for grants, said: “This event is always an excellent opportunity to help community groups find funding to get projects off the ground. We have some major funders on the panel who will all be trying to help and advise where they can.”

Previous Dragon’s Den style events, organised by the council, have proved very successful and led to a number of local projects finding the required funding.

Places are limited but anyone interested in pitching to the Dragon’s Den panel should contact Alison McDaid at grants@harborough.gov.uk emailing the details of the project. Successful applicants will be invited to pitch to the panel.