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Essex Cultural Funding Announced

Date published: 23/04/2018

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Essex County Council has now opened its two cultural grants’ schemes to support local arts and culture projects for 2018.
The Cultural Strategic Fund which offers grants of £2,500 and above are awarded to organisations and groups whose work will have local/regional/national significance, and delivers against the Council’s priorities.
The Culture in Essex Small Grants offers amounts of up to £2,500 for one-off support to arts and culture projects within Essex (excluding Southend and Thurrock).
All applications need to demonstrate how their work helps deliver the aims of Essex County Councils’ Essex Organisation Strategy 2017-21.
Both schemes are open now for applications with the Small Grants closing for submissions on 21 May and the Strategic Fund on 4 June. Application forms and guidance can be found here.
Cllr Susan Barker, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Community and Customer said “I am delighted to help facilitate cultural organisations in Essex through funding from Essex County Council’s Cultural Strategic Fund and Culture in Essex Small Grants Fund.
Essex arts and cultural organisations provide a wealth of benefits to residents. They contribute significantly towards driving future economic growth throughout our county, and they help to foster good relationships in our communities. We are proud to work closely with cultural organisations in Essex who deliver valuable work for our communities.”
Emma Meek of the Essex Dance Network Association said:  "We are extremely grateful for the opportunities this grant has offered the organisation which has allowed us to grow across Essex offering high quality dance provision to a vast range of participants, including our over 50's group, a monthly dance session for those living with Parkinson's and the expansion of our early years work which has allowed us to explore and engage new families in Essex.
To offer advice on ECC grant schemes and Arts Council England’s own grants schemes, Essex County Council is inviting artists, community groups and creative professionals to a cultural funding event at the Towngate Theatre, Basildon.
The event will take place on Thursday 3 of May, 10.30 -12.30.
Arts Council England will be giving a presentation on their new set of funding programmes; the session will provide an overview of the different opportunities available for artists and creative practitioners and provide practical advice on how to get your application right.
To find out more about Essex County Council’s Cultural Strategic Fund and Culture in Essex Small Grants Fund and the funding event, please contact Andrew.Ward@essex.gov.uk.