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Funding available to take Arts grants into local communities

just-so-festival-2011-photo-by-kate-beatty250x191Staffordshire’s arts organisations and community groups are being invited to apply for funding to host arts events in their local area.

The Staffordshire County Council funding is available to any arts organisation or community group planning a project or event which benefits the community.

Up to £1000 is available to run projects which could include dance, singing, music, festivals, storytelling & creative writing, drama, visual and digital arts & crafts.

Gill Heath, Cabinet Member responsible for the arts at Staffordshire County Council said:

We know that arts activities can have a really positive impact on local communities and people’s health and well-being and that’s why we have the Community Arts Fund.

Artist led workshops have a wealth of benefits which can give people a chance to get creative and learn new skills.  Festivals and performances can help bring people together and enjoy quality arts experiences on their doorstep, while dance and singing can bring enormous health benefits.

Applying for the funding is easy and I would encourage groups to get in touch. So, if you are part of a community organisation and have creative ideas that can make a difference in your local community, then please get your application in.

Last year 34 organisations were funded. One recent applicant, Signpost Centre, Stafford, applied to run summer workshops to engage young people and their families to create ‘eco art’ using recycled materials. Participants were able to learn new skills, explore unusual materials and use new methods to create their work together and show their final pieces to the public.

Ken Down at Signpost said:

The community fund enabled Signpost to put on high quality art workshops for people in disadvantaged communities who would not normally be able to afford to attend such workshops. The workshops were engaging and helped to build people’s confidence, bringing out undiscovered qualities and skills from the participants.

To find out more about the Community Arts Fund or to make an application visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/communityartsfund or contact Tracie Meredith, Community Arts Officer on 01785 278571.  

 

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