May 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of VE Day – the official end of World War II in Europe.
The early May bank holiday was moved from Monday 4 to Friday 8 May.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing restrictions, planned events were not able to take place. There were ways residents could mark the occasion at home instead, and on 8 May the mayors of Cambridge and Heidelberg took part in a virtual service on Cambridge 105 radio. The service included readings, music, and a one minute silence.
All event organisers and individuals should continue to follow the latest government guidelines on mass gatherings and social distancing which are based on the expert medical and scientific advice from Public Health England.
Grants for events
Grants of up to £500 are available to help pay for events to celebrate the anniversary, which can be held up until 30 September this year. These could tie in with activities arranged to commemorate VJ Day on Saturday 15 August.
Community groups, voluntary organisations and groups of local residents can apply.
- VE Day celebration grant: Information for applicants [PDF, 0.3MB]
- VE Day celebration grant: Application form [PDF, 0.2MB]
- VE Day celebration grant: Monitoring form [PDF, 0.2MB]
Contact us for further information or to discuss your application. The new deadline for applications is 20 August, 2020, but we will update information on deadlines and grant availability as the situation with coronavirus continues to change.