Surrey Heath Arts Council was founded in 1981 under the auspices of the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Councillor Mrs Joy Reid.
Membership is open to any individual and or organisation of the Arts within the Borough. The organising Committee comprises representatives of local arts organisations, Borough Councillors and three co-opted members.
The aim of the Arts Council is to stimulate and encourage the creative arts and develop their appreciation amongst residents through out the Borough of Surrey Heath. Through facilitating various events it endeavours to show the local community the wealth of talent which exists in the Borough and seeks to improve communication and awareness between interested individuals and groups.
The Arts Council helps groups and individuals financially through two schemes, both of which require applicants to live or, in the case of organisations, meet within the Borough. Applications are considered by the Grants Subcommittee and a recommendation made for endorsement by the Arts Council. The Subcommittee meets up to four times a year.
This is a small grants scheme funded by an annual grant from Surrey Heath Borough Council to enable financial assistance to be made to local groups and individuals at non-professional level. Examples of eligible applications might include summer school fees, a grant towards equipment, or assistance in mounting a particular group project.
The James Winterbottom Bursary Award
This is available to students studying at professional level. Funding for this award is allocated from interest on invested capital which was specifically donated or raised for this purpose. These awards are given to students to assist them to progress in their chosen cultural careers. Students wishing to apply for a Bursary Award should in the first instance send a letter of application to :
Mr Ian Cullen, 2 Connop Way, Frimley, Camberley, GU16 8RX
Tel 01276 23213