Articles for Mar 07

Cash for communities

More than 400,000 has been granted to community groups to deliver exciting projects into the beginning of 2008.

Groups from Woolton to Walton are being given the good news that they will be able to deliver their fantastic community ideas after a rigorous sifting process to choose almost 100 projects. Well over 200 applications were received, more than ever before for cultural projects in the city. Funding will run from April 2007 to March 2008, which is Liverpool's European Capital of Culture year.

Liverpool City Council leader, Cllr Warren Bradley said: "The array of projects is fantastic, and the panel have tried to get as many genres and diverse community groups into the grants programme as possible. It should make for an exciting year!"

Projects include a film about the Deaf community, performances from the Somali community and a Latin American festival. Also on the list is a public art work project about Dockers, an arts scheme with Liverpudlian ex-offenders and a Muslim Cultural Festival.

Executive Member for Special Initiatives, Cllr Mike Storey, said: "We're thrilled to see that there have been more applications than ever before, it just goes to show that the pulse of culture in Liverpool is beating strongly as we are in the city's 800th birthday year and nearly at our very special Capital of Culture year in 2008."

There will be events for people from around the city to attend and projects which work with smaller, selected, diverse groups. There is something for everyone in all corners of the city.

Liverpool Culture Company's Chief Executive Jason Harborow, said: "We are building up a really exciting programme for 2008 and community projects and participation is a fundamental element of that. The range and depth of applicants has been better and more diverse than ever before and I very much look forward to seeing what the people of Liverpool have to offer."