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The council has linked up with the Tees Valley Community Foundation to launch a grant scheme to help groups who want to add extra atmosphere to the East Cleveland Klondike Grand Prix.

Any sport, community or musical groups who want to give the Klondike – which is returning on Sunday 29 April – an added layer of entertainment or celebration can bid for a grant of up to £1,000 from an overall pot of £15,000.

TVCF have launched the pot of funding after a successful trial at last year’s Redcar Sprint Triathlon which saw a number of groups put on a number of great displays utilising their grant.

By joining with the Klondike, which welcomed thousands of spectators at the start/finish line in Guisborough and thousands more lining the route in East Cleveland, TVCF and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council are giving groups the opportunity to showcase their talents to a massive audience.

Any constituted group wishing to submit an application should visit www.teesvalleyfoundation.org.uk  for further information. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 28 February 2018.

Cllr Carl Quartermain, Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Communications, said: “It is great that we can work with the Tees Valley Community Foundation to support groups across the borough, the Klondike is one of the biggest events the borough will hold this year so it is the perfect time for groups of all sizes to put themselves forward and showcase themselves.”

Hugh McGouran, Chief Executive of the Tees Valley Community Foundation, said: “We are looking forward to working with the council to support groups across the borough, they do great work every day of the year and this grant scheme is the perfect opportunity for groups to showcase themselves to the hundreds of cyclists and spectators who will be watching the Klondike in April.”

Cllr Mary Lanigan, Chair of the East Cleveland Big Local, said: “We are delighted that the Tees Valley Community Foundation is working with community groups in East Cleveland to showcase their talents to thousands of spectators. Big Local is looking forward to hosting the East Cleveland Klondike Grand Prix at the end of April, which is brilliant for the area.”

For more information go to: www.teesvalleyfoundations.org.

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