The council has teamed up with a charity to unlock opportunities for people in Bury to get involved in arts, culture and local heritage with the launch of a £100,000 community fund.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for borough-based voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to support local people to explore and celebrate the art, culture, and heritage of Bury’s diverse communities.

The investment, which comes through a partnership between the council and Bury VCFA, will showcase the town as having “Different Cultures, Same Horizons” in line with the borough’s cultural strategy.

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Community groups, faith groups, charities, social enterprises, voluntary groups, clubs, and societies can all apply by 5pm on January 31.

Cllr Charlotte Morris, cabinet member for culture, the economy and skills at the council, said: “Culture and creativity is at the heart of the council’s Let’s Do It strategy.

“This funding, thanks to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, is great news for residents and community groups in the borough.

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“We hope that this funding will help us celebrate the very best of Bury- not just our great cultural assets but the diverse range of groups and organisations who use culture and heritage to improve the lives of residents across the borough, whether supporting creative health, bringing communities together or simply bringing joy and entertainment.”

Helen Tomlinson, chief officer of Bury VCFA, said: “Bury VCFA is thrilled to be working in partnership with Bury Council on this new grants programme.

“Culture and heritage are at the heart of Bury’s voluntary, community and social enterprise sector- from recognisable institutions such as The Met through to small community groups celebrating the diverse heritage of our residents.

“This grants programme will provide a vibrant programme of activity and events across the borough enhancing the quality of life for local people.”

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All applications for funding must be projects that are community-based and delivered within Bury.

It’s anticipated that the fund will be oversubscribed, and priority will be given to projects that create opportunities for underrepresented groups.