CREATIVE organisations in Ryedale have just a few days left to apply for financial help.

Ryedale District Council (RDC) is offering grants of up to £1,000 to performing arts venues facing an uncertain time.

Many places were forced to close in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, and are still unable to reopen to full capacity.

Applications need to be submitted by Monday, September 14, for grants of between £250 and £1,000.

“Ryedale’s arts and cultural offer is the heart and soul of our communities, but the coronavirus pandemic has hit this sector hard,” said Cllr Keane Duncan, leader of RDC.

“The small arts grant scheme reflects the council’s commitment to supporting Ryedale’s arts and cultural sector and the important role it plays in creating vibrant communities, a strong economy and an excellent quality of life for citizens.”

In order to qualify for a grant, applicants must be a freelancer, community interest company, arts organisation or an arts-related charity based in Ryedale.

An organisation must hold less than £10,000 in free reserves, deliver activities which improves health and wellbeing and contribute to the wider community.

“Local arts professionals and cultural organisations are facing unprecedented challenges and uncertainty about future work opportunities,” added Cllr Steve Arnold, chairperson of RDC’s grants working party.

“Identifying new opportunities for creativity and cultural participation across Ryedale will make a powerful contribution to the health and wellbeing of local communities.”