Potential investors will be on hand to give out funding advice to guests at the city council¿s annual funding fair next week.
The fair will allow funders and agencies to advise on opportunities for large and small project ideas, core costs, constitution and set up and general advice on completing a good application.
The funding fair is designed to ensure that more people have a bigger chance of accessing external funding and bringing good project ideas into Staffordshire helping to make it a better and more prosperous place to live as outlined in the councils Mandate for Change.
Presentations from local and national funders include the Arts Council, Big Lottery, Heritage Lottery Fund, Esmee Fairbairn, and Santander. In total 15 funders will be present, as well as stands from our local CVS organistions, and North Staffs Volunteering.
Local funders represented at the fair will be Give it Sum, Staffordshire Community Foundation, Community Wellbeing Fund, Newcastle Partnership and Coalfields Regeneration Trust.
The event has been funded by the city council. The council have worked in partnership with Staffordshire based community and voluntary organisations, VAST, Saltbox, Newcastle CVS, and Staffordshire Moorlands CVS.
Councillor Mark Meredith, cabinet member for economic development, said: “This fair will help show the types of support networks in place in Stoke-on-Trent. We want to attract people to bring their innovative ideas to the city and help us demonstrate that businesses can thrive here. We have a clear plan of action to achieve this goal set out in our Mandate for Change. This fair is a great opportunity for those needing a helping hand to make their projects a reality.”
The Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent, councilor Terry Follows, will officially open the event on Wednesday March 21. The fair runs between 10am and 3pm. It takes place at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in the City Centre.
The event is open to all groups including, residents associations, schools and the public sector.
For further information contact the external funding team on 01782 233672.
For all media enquiries contact Steven Kennedy in the Communications Department at Stoke-on-Trent City Council on 01782 232987.