Funding Available for Staffordshire Day Events

cashWith people set to celebrate the county’s first ever Staffordshire Day, community groups are being reminded that funding is available for their arts activities and events.

Staffordshire Day will take place on Sunday 1 May and will mark the anniversary of the creation of Staffordshire’s world-famous Wedgwood pottery company in 1795.

The day is set to become an annual fixture on Staffordshire’s calendar, attracting more visitors to the area and helping local residents show their pride in their county.

As well as a host of events and special offers from many tourism attractions on the day, residents are also being encouraged to organise their own community activities.

Grants from £100 to £1000 are being made available to local groups and organisations through the Staffordshire Community Arts Fund to put on arts activities. These could include; music, visual arts and crafts, combined arts, festivals/events, dance, photography, film and new media, performance arts, theatre /drama and literature.

Cllr Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economy at Staffordshire County Council said, “Staffordshire is a wonderful county that is steeped in history and we are very much looking forward to our very first Staffordshire Day on 1 May.

“Staffordshire Day will be a great way of sharing our pride in the county, promoting all things great and help us attract even more visitors, boosting our already growing tourism economy.  Other counties have celebrations like this but we don’t often shout about the many great things about Staffordshire, so having this day will help us tell the world about what a great place Staffordshire is.

“We want everyone to be involved, so if you are thinking of putting on a community event, I would urge people to apply for our community arts funding and join in the celebrations.”

This year, the county is also set to celebrate its 1000th anniversary of the first recorded mention of Staffordshire in the old Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.

For more information on Staffordshire Day with details on how to get involved, and to download the events form visit: www.enjoystaffordshire.com/trade/Staffordshire_Day_Needs_You.aspx

To find out more about the Staffordshire Community Arts Fund or to make an application please visit: www.staffordshire.gov.uk/communityartsfund or contact Tracie Meredith, Community Arts Officer on 01785 278571.  Events must take place on or around 1st May in Staffordshire.  The closing date for Community Arts Funding applications for Staffordshire Day activities is 1st March 2016.

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