The city council is welcoming applications for small culture grants to maintain the area's creative diversity.

Aimed at smaller cultural organisations and community ventures with proposals for city events, festivals and cultural activities, the Small Culture Grants scheme forms part of the council's action plan to ensure Norwich remains vibrant and creatively diverse under the Norwich Creative City Compact.

The council allocated awards totalling £54,500 to 10 local theatre groups and cultural projects in the 2023/24 financial year.

These grants financed a wide range of activities.

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These included creative endeavours for young people and individuals with profound and multiple learning disabilities, diversity promotion projects, public participation events and support for creative practitioners.

Leisure and cultural services manager Clare Hubery, said: “We’re proud of the support we give to those who create the cultural heartbeat of our city and are pleased to once again be offering support in the form of our Small Culture Grants. 

"The culture grants will help our local creative talent to keep innovating and producing the sort of activities which enrich our society and bring people together to improve lives.

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“We have a shared city-wide aspiration in the Norwich 2040 Vision to build on the work to make our city creative, liveable, fair, connected and dynamic. 

"We know cultural activities can give those participating a sense of wellbeing and we look forward to receiving applications from the amazing pool of talent which exists locally.”

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The deadline for grant application is 5pm on May 10, 2024. 

A recent consultation carried out by the city council with more than 700 participants found 90pc identified Norwich as a creative place, enriched by festivals, arts and culture.

A further 95pc cited arts and culture as valuable for them and their community.