A new £25,000 grant programme, aimed at supporting projects that use arts and culture to help build strong and well-connected communities, has opened for expressions of interest.
Funded by Thurrock Council, the Voluntary Sector Development Fund (VSDF) will enable local artists and arts organisations to bid for up to £4,000 to support arts and cultural projects in Thurrock.
The VSDF will be administered by Thurrock CVS and the deadline to submit an expression of interest is Sunday 19 January 2020. Submissions will be shortlisted at a public event and successful applicants will be invited to submit a full application. Applicants are required to match fund to the equivalent of 10% of the total sum awarded – this can be in kind, such as volunteer time or use of a venue.
Cllr Deborah Huelin, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: "This fund will make a huge difference in Thurrock. Our ambition is to encourage arts and cultural activity that engages and helps strengthen our communities, drives local growth, and reinforces culture’s role at the heart of communities.
"We want to enable all Thurrock residents to enjoy and benefit from high quality arts and heritage activity, creating a strong pride in place, better well-being and economic prosperity."
Kristina Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Thurrock CVS, said: "We are pleased to administer this new initiative supporting arts and creativity in Thurrock, we look forward to some interesting applications that showcase how creativity can strengthen communities and improve an individual’s health and wellbeing."
For more information, go to thurrockcvs.org/grant-applications