Arts organisation makes small grants awards

Arts organisation Darlington for Culture (DfC) has made the latest awards from its new small grants scheme.
Voluntary organisation DfC launched the scheme after receiving a donation from a company with Darlington connections, and is working in conjunction with Creative Darlington to administer the programme.
DfC has long believed that small grants can allow everyone from music groups to art organisations to achieve great things and the scheme will offer grants of up to £500.
One grant, of £300, went to Cassie Cooper , for her event Darlington Family Arts Day at the Central all at the Dolphin Centre on 29th October 10-4.
She said: “I’m a mum of three and a community supporter and event organiser and I wanted to create this day to enable all families an affordable art and culture experience showing what diverse opportunities Darlington has to offer.
“ I will be combining traditional and unusual art opportunites as well as music, dance, sculpture and drama. There will be showcases throughout the day for families to enjoy with parents hopefully benefiting, too. If you ever have dreamt of trying something new there will be something for everyone.
“I am honoured that with the support from Darlington For Culture I am able to provide this day for the wonderful families in this town. Tickets will be available soon through Eventbrite and will be affordable for all.”
The second grant, of £500, went to Neasham Reading Room, originally commissioned by Sir Thomas Wrightson and opened in 1903. It is a small village hall which continues to thrive as a vibrant community hub.
To add to its range of events, the Reading Room has more recently branched out into local drama and ‘Rural Arts’ performances. Funders are being approached to help with the purchase of a modular stage.
Tina Murray, Reading Room Treasurer, said: “The grant from Darlington for Culture is a great start to our fundraising for the stage which will make a huge difference to what we can host in the village of Neasham. Applause Theatre are performing ‘Cluedo – Our American Cousins,’ a murder mystery evening in September and the next Rural Arts performance ‘Wolves’ is due to be staged in October.”
More information on the small grants scheme can be obtained on the home page