Following Brighton & Hove Pride’s amazing celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn uprising in New York City that ignited and inspired the global Pride movement, Brighton & Hove Pride announce they have raised a fantastic £217,432.50 for local good causes.
EVERY year the city of Brighton & Hove is awash with rainbow flags as businesses show their support for Pride and our LGBT+ communities and an estimated £20.5 million is brought into the city’s economy with visitors spending money on accommodation, retail, food and drink over the Pride weekend.
Brighton businesses within the Pride Village Party footprint contributed £125 per day (small venue) or £250 per day (larger venue) that helped raise £7,520 towards the Pride Social Impact Fund.
Bucket collections on the Pride Community Parade raised £768.
Legends was again the biggest LGBT+ business supporter contributing £3,504.74 in fundraising and £5,000 in sponsorship.
This year, Brighton Pride introduced the Pride City Angels scheme to engage with businesses across the city to help support community fundraising and projects all year round. The launch of Pride City Angels saw a first year sign up of 26 businesses with founding members contributing £1,000 each, bringing in a further £10,750.
Paul Kemp, Pride Director, said: “With increasing costs this year for cleansing and security resources and the uncertainty around Brexit that adversely affected sponsorship income, it has been a really challenging year for Pride. This year Pride are thrilled to have raised over £200,000 which will be distributed to local charities community groups and projects through the Brighton Rainbow Fund, the Pride Social Impact Fund and Pride Cultural Development Fund.
“With over £922,000 raised under the current organisation, Pride are very much on target to reach £1million fundraising for good causes by 2020, the 30th Anniversary of Brighton & Hove Pride.”
Brighton & Hove Pride is the UK’s biggest Pride Festival operated by Brighton Pride CIC, a not for profit community organisation. All tickets revenue raised goes directly to the operational and running costs of producing the Pride Festival, Pride LGBT+ Community Parade, Pride Village Party and community fundraising, with £1 for every paid ticket going direct to the Brighton Rainbow Fund who give grants to LGBT+ organisations that deliver effective frontline services to LGBT+ people in the city.
How the funds will be distributed
• Brighton Rainbow Fund: £165,724.50
• Social Impact Fund: £20,958 (plus £10,000 roll over from 2018)
Total SIF fund allocation for 2019: £30.985
• City Angels: £10,750.00
• Pride Solidarity fund: £10,000
• Cultural development fund: £10,000