THE voluntary group which brings the annual Ashbourne Festival to the town has secured a £1,000 handout from Derbyshire County Council to promote the event.
The funding, part of £48,000 of grants available for not-for-profit groups in the county, was introduced by the authority as part of the Government’s ‘Big Society’ initiative launched following last year’s General Election.
With the money, Ashbourne Arts Limited is hoping to employ a company to produce and install roadside banners and boards to advertise ‘Streetfest’ — a free, two-day street theatre event open to the whole community during the Ashbourne Festival.
Streetfest will be taking place on Saturday and Sunday,June 23 and 24.
Organisers say this year’s event will embrace the excitement of the Olympic torch passing through the town on its way to London for the opening of the 2012 games,.
Further information about the festival is available by visiting the website www.ashbournefestival.org.
The county council’s cabinet member for public health, Carol Hart said: “We have some fantastic community groups in Derbyshire who do a lot for their local area, often with very little money, and we’re delighted to support them with our Big Society funding schemes.
“We know a Community Action Grant could make a real difference to the kind of services they can offer and it has been extremely encouraging to see the kind of projects local people want to get up and running or expand across the county.” “Groups which have successfully applied for funding are already putting their grants to good use and we look forward to receiving applications for the next round in April.” The deadline for the next round of Community Action Grants is Friday, April 27. Further information on eligibility and how to apply is available at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/cag.
Applications for Derbyshire County Council’s Sports Action Grants to boost sports groups and clubs are also invited.
Further information is available by logging on to www.derbyshire.gov.uk/ sportsactiongrant