Make Do Client ‘Fun Palaces’ Awarded £1.5m in Lottery Funding

Keeping secrets is hard, especially one like this! We’re incredibly pleased and proud to share that one of our favorite and long-standing clients Fun Palaces has been awarded £1.5m in National Lottery Funding.

This funding will go towards helping people across the UK (in England, Wales and Scotland) to create and manage Fun Palace events & activities.

The announcement was officially made in this tweet from The National Lottery Community Fund:

More information about the Fun Palaces plans for 2019 and about the funding can be found on the websites blog here’s the crucial part:

The £1.5m grant will support the work of the Fun Palaces campaign over the next 5 years (2019 – 2024). Central to this is a part-time team of twelve, six of whom will be new Fun Palaces Ambassadors based in partner organisations across the UK, while continuing three of our current Ambassador roles.

Fun Palaces News for 2019

The Future of Fun Palaces

Our team has been supporting Fun Palaces over 5 years. We built the first iteration of their complex website back in 2014 and have consistently updated it year-on-year for each event since then.

Fun Palaces Website Homepage
The Fun Palaces website as it looks in April 2019

The next steps are somewhat secret! But some of the funding will inevitably be used to re-work and update the website to add new features.

We’ll be working hard starting late 2019 on an overhaul of the technical framework on which the website runs and also making changes to the design and UX of the site based on community feedback and new ideas from the Fun Palaces team.

It’s very early days but our team are looking forward to getting on with what should be a challenging and rewarding project.

Start your own Fun Palace?!

Signups for the 2019 Fun Palaces are now open! Here’s a breakdown of what to expect this year:

Today we launch signups for our sixth weekend of Fun Palaces. In just over six years we have grown from a tiny idea to an annual weekend of action and an ongoing campaign for community at the heart of culture.

To date there have been 1367 Fun Palaces made by 32,800 Makers with 450,000 people taking part in 11 countries, and we’re grateful to every one of you for joining in and making Fun Palaces your own.

Fun Palaces News for 2019

If you’d like to join this awesome global community then sign up today!

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