Cash boost for sports, arts, recreation and culture

File photo dated 11/06/13 of a general view of notes and coins as parents face a growing struggle as the cost of bringing up a child has risen to �148,000, research found. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday August 19, 2013. The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) said that the cost of raising a child to the age of 18 has gone up by 4% over the last year. But the value of benefits for families and children only rose by 1%, and child benefit did not rise at all, tightening the squeeze on living standards. At the same time minimum wages rose 1.8% and average earnings by 1.5%, making it harder for parents to provide a decent standard of living for their families. See PA story SOCIAL Poverty. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
File photo dated 11/06/13 of a general view of notes and coins as parents face a growing struggle as the cost of bringing up a child has risen to �148,000, research found. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday August 19, 2013. The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) said that the cost of raising a child to the age of 18 has gone up by 4% over the last year. But the value of benefits for families and children only rose by 1%, and child benefit did not rise at all, tightening the squeeze on living standards. At the same time minimum wages rose 1.8% and average earnings by 1.5%, making it harder for parents to provide a decent standard of living for their families. See PA story SOCIAL Poverty. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Cashis up for grabs for equipment and tuition by Valley’s budding young sportspeople and performance artists.

Ribble Valley Borough Council has launched its 2015 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, including London Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray and bronze medallist Jon Schofield.

The grants will be available from April 2015 for sport, dance, drama and music (instrumental and voice), with priority given to those with a strong track record in their chosen discipline and working towards formal qualifications. The deadline for applications is February 13th, and application packs are available from the council’s admin officer, Olwen Heap, on 01200 414408, or at ribblevalley.gov.uk.