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An arts committee, which supports projects around Rutland, has upped the amount of funding that groups can apply for.

Arts 4 Rutland, which is a team of volunteers who organise cinema nights, drama and arts events in the county voted unanimously to increase the amount of grant money that arts groups can apply for to help fund their project, from £500 to £1,000 and for individuals from £250 to £500.

The council is part-funded by Rutland County Council and also raises money through its own events such as Cinema for Rutland.

Chairman Joy Everitt said: “Since Arts for Rutland was founded in 2005 we have granted around £15,000 to projects across the county, including Rutland Open Studios, Oakham Festival and Rutland Musical Theatre, as well as individual instruments for young musicians.

“On top of that we award individual grants to people who would like to further invest in the arts and can bring something back to the county – whether it’s a theatre course or a musical instrument.”

Funding is one of the biggest challenges that arts projects, such as exhibitions, performances and festivals can face and Arts 4 Rutland was set up to assist those in Rutland who not only want to further their arts career but want to bring something back to the county.

Joy said: “Those who apply have to adhere to our applications guidelines and will have to prove that the money we give them will benefit the wider arts community in some way; by putting on a show or performance for example.

“We meet once a month to discuss each application and carefully select the groups and individuals we support.”

Due to the success of its additional events such as the monthly cinema nights, the Arts for Rutland funding pot has increased enough to allow the committee to release more money for funding opportunities.

It also lists and promotes arts events taking place in the county on its website for free.

Joy added: “I think what makes this council so unique is that it’s part-funded by the arts community for the arts community. Everyone who comes along and buys a cinema or drama ticket is helping us to fund further projects and we can’t thank them enough.”

The next big event is the Rutland Youth Arts competition which will open at Rutland County Museum on Saturday, October 14th and will run until November 10th.

It will be followed by the Rutland Open Art Exhibition at the same venue from Saturday November 18th to January 5th, 2018.

To apply for a grant, add an event or find out more about Arts 4 Rutland’s upcoming events visit www.a4r.org.uk

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Photo: Members of the committee from left: Mo Gardner, Peter Davis, Pamela Quinn, Joy Everitt (chair), Anne Mortimer, David Lee and Rachel Rayner