YOUNG people in the district with a talent for sport or the arts are being encouraged to apply for a new bursary scheme.

Epping Forest District Council is offering grants of up to £1,500 under its Arts and Sports Award Programme which replaces the previous Leisure Bursary and Individual Grant Aid schemes.

The money is on offer to youths who can demonstrate an outstanding talent in sport or any of the arts including music, dance and drama.

The deadline for applications is December 1, and to be eligible for an award applicants must be aged between 13 and 25 and living in the district.

To receive an application form email with your name and postal address.

For more information on the scheme call Felicity Hall on 01992 564553.