Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is encouraging local community groups to help mark the 125th anniversary celebrations of the Borough by applying for council funding to help kick start cultural projects across the Borough.
Individuals, and local arts, heritage or sports groups can bid for up to £1,000 during the celebration year, with £20,000 in the total pot.
By gaining council funding, successful groups will then be able to access and apply for bigger grants that are available, but which require match funding
Ann Holland, Executive Councillor for Culture, Tourism and the Economy, says: “We want the local community to feel a real part of this special year, and so we are providing a small working fund that will allow groups and individuals to access bigger funding grants out there
“By offering this financial support we hope we can get local groups to apply for more lottery funds and lever the larger grants from organisations such as the Arts Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Active Essex.
“We are looking to support a range of community led projects that will not only help celebrate our 125th Anniversary, but will offer something diverse, exciting and engaging to local people.”
Successful projects will make up the 125th Anniversary programme that already includes the Poppies: 14-18 NOW iconic ceramic poppy sculpture “Wave” from the Tower of London installation at Barge Pier in Shoebury from April 12th until June 25th, and the Silk River project on September 24th on the Pier.
The application period is now open and will remain so until the funding has been allocated.
Applications can be made online and will need to explain the project outcomes, their match funding request and key contact information.
For further information and assistance, please contact Chris Mellor, Cultural Strategy & Development Officer on 01702 534318, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.southend.gov.uk/125years