Community groups in and around Farnham looking for funding for art-based educational activities can apply to the South Street Trust, which is now open for new applications.

The Trust, of which Farnham Town Council is a trustee, awards around £20,000 in grants each year across approximately 25 projects.

“We are looking for projects that enable creative input from participants, whether children or adults and have an educational value to them. For example, in the last round of grants we provided £800 to the Abbey School for children to take part in a pottery workshop,” says Councillor Jill Hargreaves, Secretary of the South Street Trust. “There is not an upper limit to the sum that organisations can apply for but typically, our grants are from a few hundred pounds up to a few thousand. Do have a look at our website for how to apply and to see some examples of projects we have supported in the past.”

To apply for a grant, local organisations should complete the application form on Farnham Town Council’s website at www.farnham.gov.uk/grants by 12pm on 9 January. The Trust assesses applications in March and makes payment to successful applicants between April and May.

Grants are for visual arts rather than performing arts although visual arts connected with, for example theatre, such as prop design, may still qualify.

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