Businesses are increasingly being urged to back a Hull and Humber Chamber fund to support art and culture in the area.

The Chamber Culture Fund will invite bids for money from individuals and organisations concentrating on art and culture projects through the entire Humber region. Money will likely be produced by the Chamber’s own investments, plus the hope is usually that businesses will make donations to top up the fund. Chamber President Phil Ascough said there may also be opportunities for businesses to embrace art and culture projects which apply for support.

Phil said: “The fund has become launched to commemorate the Chamber’s 180th?anniversary and Hull’s status as 2017 UK City of Culture. Our intention would be to operate the fund for 25 years before the Chamber hits 200, and it is not only about Hull.

“Our aim in launching the fund is always to bring businesses alongside the arts and culture community through the Humber region making cash awards to aid the growth of art and culture projects. We will also help businesses identify projects they could adopt and develop themselves.

“The response of the business community to Hull’s Capital of scotland- Culture appeals is a huge big think about helping the city win the bid and deliver some amazing events, and much more support may be pledged for the reason that organisers move towards planning the legacy.

“The Chamber Culture Fund offers an chance of other businesses to have involved. Some have held back owing to budgets, yet others mainly because they operate throughout the wider Humber region as opposed to just Hull. You may also have some who will be undecided about the price of purchasing art and culture.”

Joining Phil to the panel that may look at the applications might be Julian Wild, an attorney at Rollits LLP and former board member at Hull Truck Theatre, and arts consultants and project directors Elaine Burke and Clare Huby, whose credits from your area include Larkin with Toads and the Amy Johnson Festival.

Phil said: “The amounts you can easliy offer depends on the return within the investments and on the quantity of support from businesses. The absolute maximum for your single award will be

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