Groups could be in line for funding

Arts and heritage community groups and businesses in East Sussex may well be in line for a funding boost after taking advantage of free advice.

The East Sussex Arts Partnership ran a funding advice event at The School Creative Centre, Rye, last Tuesday (March 17) to give artists, small art businesses, heritage and community groups guidance on successful bidding.

The afternoon included presentations from Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and the East Sussex County Council External Funding team. Funding advice surgeries were also available.

James Harris, East Sussex County Council’s assistant director for economy, said: “As well as enhancing the lives of local residents, cultural events bring visitors to our town and villages, create jobs and boost the local economy. Many of the groups or individuals who organise arts and heritage events do not have a team of fundraising experts behind them and can often miss out on money available because they simply don’t know it exists.”

More information about the resources available for cultural events and projects is at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/leisureandtourism/arts/development.