ARTS groups planning community projects and events are being urged to apply for a funding to bring their creative visions to life.
County councillor Mike Lawrence, cabinet member for community culture and localism told the Newsletter he was keen to build on Staffordshire’s reputation as the ‘creative county’ and get more people involved in arts activities.
“Our Community Arts Fund is one way the county council can support groups and organisations that have the imagination and enthusiasm to take projects out into the local community and involve others,” he said. “Last year we saw some marvellous events take place, and received applications from all over the county which is great news.
“Activities funded through this scheme can dramatically improve and enhance the quality of lives of many people and I would encourage organisations to get their applications in before the closing date in December.”
Any art or community group with an idea for a project or event that benefits the community can apply to the fund which has been awarded to 40 organisations across the county this year with projects including festivals, carnivals, singing and drama workshops for those with learning difficulties, intergenerational arts projects, singing sessions to improve health and wellbeing, poetry, crafts, dance and music workshops all benefiting from the award of up to £800 towards the cost of their event or activity.
To find out more about the fund or make an application before the closing date of December 20 visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/communityartsfund or contact Tracie Meredith, Community Arts Officer on 01785 278571 or by emailing email@example.com.
In the past year, the following projects in Stafford have benefitted from funding:
• Stars Singers Summer singing workshops for over 50's to support learning development
• Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Community workshops leading to installations at the Wolseley Centre
• Stafford Music Festival Encouraging younger performers at the Stafford Music Festival May 2013
• Stafford Folk Players Folk Music and Dance Event May 2013
• Rising Brook Community Projects A series of arts workshops with vulnerable adults and socially excluded groups in the area
• Rideout Drama residency at Drake Hall women's prison involving weekly drama & theatre workshops
• iWYS Community Radio Project CIC Create songs, music and radio style recordings with disadvantaged young people aged 16 - 20
• Ingestre Festival Association Arts Festival day at Ingestre Hall celebrating 400 years anniversary
• ICAP Community workshops with Quest & local school to link in with Stafford Arts Festival
• Creative Communities CIC Poems & Creative arts at the Signpost centre
• Church Eaton Festival Committee Community Village Arts Festival 4-6th July 2013