£20,000 Worth Of Grants Available To Local Arts Groups

The ‘Active Arts’ giveaway has been launched by Liverpool Empire and ECHO to bring bright ideas from creative types to life across the region.

The Liverpool Empire Trust has announced a new fund to help drive innovation in the arts at grass roots and community levels across the region.

The best ideas suggested will be rewarded with pay outs of up to a maximum of £2,000 each – enabling them to be brought to life, stage or screen.

The big giveaway has been announced by the Liverpool Empire Trust, which owns the city’s world famous theatre in Lime Street.

The ECHO has teamed up with the Trust for the ‘Active Arts Scheme’ to help drive entries and bring forward the best possible crop of ideas from across the Region.

The grants will go to local organisations including – but not restricted to – dance schools, artistic venues, drama and theatre groups, orchestras, operatic groups, choirs, poetry groups and writers.

To enter, organisations must propose details of an entirely new initiative they want to create themselves. Organisers stress each project must be a new venture rather than an existing one – and would simply not happen if there cash grants being announced today were not available.

Likely projects could include such areas as new shoes or costumes for a struggling dance group, a software and printing system to help promote projects more cheaply, a new set of stage curtains or even a set of soft cushions for a choir.

Terry Smith, chairman of the Liverpool Empire Trust, said: “This is really the second part of a scheme where we organised a Royal Gala performance of Blood Brothers to mark the theatre’s 150th birthday a few months ago.

“We decided to spend the proceeds on something entirely new that would appeal to relatively smaller arts organisations which are often full of great ideas and enthusiasm – but often without the cash to make them happen.

“Soon they will have the cash – and we are looking forward to some very original proposals.”

How to enter…

  • Entry forms are available online at the Liverpool Empire trust website – www.liverpoolempiretrust.co.uk – and involve organisations needing to put forward their ideas briefly in 100 words maximum.
  • All types of organisations are invited to enter and they do not have to be a registered charity.
  • Applications can be accompanied by a short video expanding on the project – though this is not essential and the technical quality of the video will not be a judging factor.
  • The closing date for entries is November 1, with winners likely to be announced during December once they’ve been judged by an expert panel.
  • There is no limit to the number of projects that a single organisation can submit.

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