A new fund to support creative projects in Huntly and District has been launched.
The Huntly Cultural Fund has been made possible through Huntly being recognised as the most creative place in Scotland for its size in Creative Scotland’s 2013 Creative Place Awards (www.creativescotland.com/explore/projects/creative-place-awards).
The aim of the Huntly Cultural Fund is to help local groups and individuals make Huntly and district an even better place to live, work and visit by showcasing the creative talents of the area and encouraging even more creative activities. The fund has been designed specifically to support cultural activities by local organisations and individuals which are linked to the Year of Natural Scotland 2013(www.visitscotland.com/about/nature-geography/year-of-natural-scotland) and the Year of Homecoming 2014 (www.visitscotland.com/see-do/homecoming-scotland-2014). Projects that leave a legacy beyond this period will be particularly welcomed.
The fund is managed by Huntly Development Trust with the support of Deveron Arts and Huntly & District Tourism Action Group. A community panel will be put together to go through the applications and select those that best meet the local criteria and the terms agreed with the organisations behind the Creative Place Awards, CreativeScotland, the National Lottery and The Herald.
The deadline for applications is Monday 29th April at 5pm with the panel expected to sit in May. Any funds received must be spent by 31st December 2014.
Successful applicants will be required to produce a short report on how they have used the funds, together with one or more images. These reports will be collated online to celebrate and demonstrate what the fund has achieved.
Director of Deveron Arts, Claudia Zeiske is excited by the fund: “Deveron Arts has always believed in the creative potential of Huntly and District and we are extremely pleased to see this recognised by the Creative Place Award. We are confident that the Huntly Cultural Fund will stimulate lots of new ideas and look forward to seeing them come forward.”
Development Manager of Huntly Development Trust, Donald Boyd, stated: “To all of us behind the Creative Place bid it is really important that the wide range of organisations and individuals who make Huntly and district a culturally creative place to live should be recognised and offered the chance to share in this success. The Cultural Fund offers that opportunity and I really hope that people and groups, including those who maybe don’t normally see themselves as ‘creative’ or ‘cultural’, come forward with an application.”
Download your application pack here:
Huntly Cultural Fund Application Pack (word doc)