Brightlingsea WinterFest is helping to provide light at the end of the tunnel as lockdown eases, by offering grants from its Wellbeing Fund, thanks to donations made at this year's festival.
Almost £2,000 is to be distributed by the WinterFest Wellbeing Fund, following the success of the arts and music festival, which took place in February with a total of 22 free online events.
Alix Sheppard and Dave Griffiths, co-founders of WinterFest said in a joint message: “We are very pleased to announce that the WinterFest Wellbeing Fund is now open for applications. The grants are available to people in Brightlingsea for activities or equipment to improve their wellbeing.
“We hope this will make a real difference to people's lives as we come out of lockdown.The grants we can offer have been made possible because of the great response to this year's WinterFest which took place online, because of Coronavirus restrictions.
“Although we couldn't hold our usual raffle and bucket collections this year, people very kindly made donations which have gone in to the WinterFest Wellbeing Fund. A proportion of the money was also given to the mental health charity, Mid and North East Essex Mind.”
Brightlingsea residents can now apply for a maximum of £100 which will be given in vouchers, items or activities which can be purchased by the WinterFest committee, as cash grants will not be given.
Funding will be granted for activities and items which improve people's wellbeing such as sports activities, sports equipment, family days out, music or arts lessons or clubs.
Application forms can be found here.
Applications will be considered between 19th and 31st July and all applicants will be notified of the panel's decision in the week commencing 1st August 2021.