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Groups urged to apply for arts funding before deadline

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: December 17, 2013

By Belinda Hargreaves

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STAFFORDSHIRE County Council is encouraging local arts organisations to apply for funding before the deadline on Friday, December 20.

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

So far this year, more than 40 organisations from across Staffordshire have been awarded funding.

Projects have included festivals and carnivals, singing and drama workshops for those with learning difficulties, singing sessions to improve health and wellbeing, poetry, crafts, dance and music workshops.

Staffordshire County Councillor Mike Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Children, Communities and Localism said: "Arts activities can dramatically improve and enhance the quality of lives of many people.

"I would encourage organisations to get their applications in before the closing date in December."

Many exciting projects are yet to take place this year and organisations are still able to apply for up to £800 towards the cost of their activity or event until December 20.

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. Projects within the Staffordshire Moorlands which have been funded so far by county's Community Arts Fund include: The Leek-based Rotten Park Road, who are engaging young people in the making of their own short film and learn new skills in film production; Fusion Performance Arts Intergenerational project collecting memories and thoughts about Staffordshire Moorlands through a theatre production; Children's Community Group Family arts workshops to create new works for a new indoor play and family resource centre; Biddulph Festival Biddulph Community Festival Arts Events in the summer.

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