Cash available for sports, arts and well-being

Cash is available for sports, arts and wellbeing
Cash is available for sports, arts and wellbeing

Cash is up for grabs for equipment and tuition by budding young sportspeople, performance artists and community groups in Ribble Valley.

Arts and culture groups in the borough are also invited to apply for funding for projects that boost community wellbeing.

Ribble Valley Borough Council has launched its 2017 sports and arts excellence grants scheme to help youngsters excel in sport, dance, drama and music.

The successful scheme has supported numerous young Ribble Valley athletes and performance artists at county and national level over the years, including Rio 2016 silver medallist Jon Schofield and London 2012 silver medallist Samantha Murray.

Cash is also available for capital purchases by sports, community and village hall groups.

Robert Thompson, chairman of the council’s community services committee, said: “The biggest issue for young people and their parents in pursuing their chosen activity is the cost of instruction, transport and equipment.

“We hope that by providing support towards these costs, young people will be able to reach their potential.

“Funds are also available for the hard-working sports and community groups, where many of these young people start their careers.”

The grants will be available from April 2017 for sport, dance, drama and music, with priority given to those with a strong track record in their chosen discipline and working towards formal qualifications.

Arts and culture groups in Ribble Valley are also invited to apply for funding for projects that boost community well-being.

The cash is up for grabs as match-funding for projects which improve arts activity in the borough, particularly for the disadvantaged and those with access difficulties.

Projects across the arts spectrum will be considered, including theatre, dance, music, comedy, film, photography, fine art, craft and creative writing.

Grants of up to £3,000 will be available for up to 50% of the cost of the scheme, but not for maintenance or running costs, and are only available to not-for-profit organisations.

Coun. Thompson added: “The aim of the arts development grants is to invest in the development and improvement of arts activity in the borough, particularly projects that promote culture, health and wellbeing, and tackle rural isolation.”

The deadline for applications is Friday, January 27th, and application packs are available from the council’s administration officer, Olwen Heap, on 01200 414408, or at ribblevalley.gov.uk.