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A helping hand to support cultural development in Horsham District

The Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 team hosted a funding workshop at their offices in Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, giving a helping hand to local organisations wanting to create special events to support the Year of Culture in 2019.

Organised by Horsham District Council, and the first in a series of funding workshops to learn more about funding sources and grant pots available, this session was attended by some 16 local organisations looking to stage events.

Attendees representing Thakeham Bellringers, Screen Social, Horsham Cricket Club, Shipley Windmill, The Repair Café and more, had the opportunity to discuss the events they wish to put on under the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 banner.
Officers representing grants and community development from Horsham District Council and West Sussex County Council were available to give advice.

The first surgery run by the Year of Culture team also gave organisations the opportunity to discuss their projects and network.

Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, Cllr Jonathan Chowen, commented: “This was an informal, informative event, which gave people the chance to ask questions about funding and feel engaged with both the district and county councils and the help they can provide. The more we can enable these relationships now, the better the programme will be for the Year of Culture in 2019.”
The next workshop will focus on LEADER funding, which forms part of the Rural Development Programme for England, and will particularly benefit rural organisations such as farming, forestry, food and drink producers and community facilities such as playgrounds and village halls. The event will be hosted by West Sussex County Council on 20 February.

An Arts Council workshop on 6 March will focus on funds available for art-related activities, from dance to visual arts, literature to theatre and music for all age groups. Spaces for either workshop can be booked by going on to Eventbrite, or following the links from the Facebook page.

For further information on the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019, please search Facebook: @HDculture2019, Twitter @HDCulture2019 and Instagram: @HDCulture2019, or visit: www.hdculture2019.co.uk .

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