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Local artists wanted for Manor Royal Business district Arts & Heritage project

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Manor Royal Business District (MRBD) are leading an exciting public arts and heritage trail project, which seeks to deliver a scheme to create place distinctiveness through exemplar art and design, and to increase the sense of connectivity between places and community.

The intention is to create a well-connected series of 8 micro-parks that will be educational, inspirational, and celebrate Manor Royal’s community and heritage.

Local artists are being encouraged to creatively engage and connect with the Manor Royal business and wider community to help interpret the story and history of Manor Royal, it’s people and businesses, to create a sense of local ownership and positive identity for the area that is complementary to the landscape.

The 8 micro-park planned locations are across the Manor Royal Business District, varying in size and shape and therefore attract different budgets which respond accordingly.

Although each site will be treated as an individual space, each will be designed and considered to be one part of the overall scheme, so will have continuity and congruence with each of the other locations and interventions.

Art work must be sustainable, robust and require low, or no maintenance and artists are able to apply for one or more of the sites.

Brief descriptions of each site and their respective budgets are listed at www.manorroyal.org/mystory.  Interested and experienced artists are invited to return tenders to: clare@manorroyal.org by 5pm, Friday 20 March 2020

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Over £2m given to Crawley Council for discretionary business grants

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Eligible Crawley businesses can now apply for discretionary business grants.

The government has given the council £2,248,180 in Additional Restrictions Grant, which is given to businesses that have been affected by the lockdown but are not legally required to close.

This funding lasts until March 2022 and is based on £20 per person in Crawley rather than the number of businesses in the town.

Eligible businesses are those who:

  • Are not entitled to Local Restriction Support Grants, and
  • Were open and trading the day before national restrictions were imposed (Wednesday 4 November), and
  • Are now required to close under national restrictions or, while not legally forced to close, are severely impacted by the restrictions.

Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant can now be made at grantapproval.co.uk

There are different types of grants based on the rateable value of property/property costs or business type.

Businesses can check if they’re eligible for the Additional Restrictions Grant by visiting gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-additional-restrictions-grant

There is further guidance and a copy of the West Sussex countywide policy on the council’s website. The scheme will close on Sunday 13 December and the aim is to make payments as soon as possible after that.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said:

“While we haven’t been allocated enough funding to help every local business, we will do everything we can to support as many Crawley businesses as possible.

“If you need support please get in touch via the council’s dedicated webpage.”

Applications for the Local Restriction Support Grant opened on 17 November. Businesses forced to close by the second lockdown can apply for this grant at grantapproval.co.uk For more details on help available for businesses visit crawley.gov.uk/emergency/coronavirus-information/businesses-and-employers

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