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Lincolnshire council establishes small grants fund for artists and theatremakers

Installation at the 2018 Gravity Fields Festival in Grantham. Residents of the town are among those eligible for the Creative Artists' Small Grants Fund. Photo: Carla Isabel Nascimento/Shutterstock
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A grants scheme to support artists and performers in the East Midlands has been launched.

Applicants can apply for grants of up to £1,500 as part of the initiative, designed to help creative talent in the region.

The programme has been launched by South Kesteven District Council in Lincolnshire, and is designed to nurture local artists.

Successful applicants can use the funding – up to £1,500 each – for tuition, equipment and travel costs, as well as for developmental support such as mentoring, workshops or specific training.

To be eligible for the Creative Artists’ Small Grants Fund, individuals must have been living in South Kesteven, which includes towns such as Grantham and Stamford, for at least three years.

The money is being provided by InvestSK, the district council’s economic growth and regeneration arm.

Michael Cross, head of arts at InvestSK, said: “We’re very fortunate to have such talented creative people in South Kesteven. InvestSK is delighted to launch this new fund to help celebrate and develop their abilities.

“We’ve designed this funding programme to support a broad range of local talents so we’re keen to hear from people with a whole host of creative skills – from musical, artistic and theatrical, to poetic and dance.”

The funding comes amid widespread decline of financial support for the arts by local government. South Kesteven council leader Matthew Lee stressed the importance of nurturing grassroots talent and allowing artists to “further develop and showcase their skills”.

Submissions are open until the end of February.

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