Grants of up to £200,000 to put Wakefield on the culture map

7th Febuary 2011.'New flags to promote Wakefield are bing hoisted across the city.'Pictured inside the town hall with a flag are: Andrew Wallhead and Cllr David Dagger.''Picture: Matthew Page
7th Febuary 2011.'New flags to promote Wakefield are bing hoisted across the city.'Pictured inside the town hall with a flag are: Andrew Wallhead and Cllr David Dagger.''Picture: Matthew Page

ARTS and drama groups could get their hands on up to £200,000 to help boost people’s interest in culture.

Cultural organisations have been invited to apply for grant money to be spent on projects which boost the city’s image.

A ‘Make it Happen’ grant of up to £30,000 is on offer to groups which can help to get local people involved in cultural activities.

And a ‘Raising Aspirations’ grant of up to £200,000 will be given to major organisations which can raise Wakefield’s profile as a culture-rich tourist spot.

Both grants are part of Wakefield Council’s Creative Partners scheme.

Coun David Dagger, cabinet member for culture, said: “The Creative Partners grant scheme is fantastic news for Wakefield as organisations in the district have a brilliant track record for delivering excellent and innovative cultural activity. This scheme supports these organisations and makes a real difference to people, places and 
communities.

“It is an exciting time for the district with many important cultural organisations based in the area. This funding scheme will build on this success and encourage more people to participate in cultural activity.”

The Theatre Royal Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Art House and Faceless were among the organisations to win grants this year.

And applications for next year’s grants will open on Monday.

They can be made until noon on October 8.

For more details, visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/CreativePartners