Artists and community groups in Cann Hall have an opportunity to secure £25,000 of funding for cultural projects.

The Walthan Forest Council scheme aims to “leave a lasting legacy in Cann Hall by developing new skills among residents or young people, increasing access to arts and culture among under-represented communities, or strengthening community engagement with culture”, a council spokesperson said.

A total of £25,000 is available for either one large project or numerous smaller projects.

Cann Hall ward councillors will review the bids and decide on the winners; winning bids must be selected unanimously.

In a joint statement Cann Hall councillors, Cllr Patrick Edwards, Cllr Sally Littlejohn and Cllr Keith Rayner, said: “We can’t wait to see what exciting proposals we receive. We know how much Cann Hall residents care about their community and the arts, and we want to deliver something amazing for them to enjoy for years to come.

“It has to be something ambitious and deliver an impact that will inspire residents and visitors. It would be really special, for example, for a local group involving young people to design and create something for them to show to their children in the future and say, ‘we made this’, or tell the story of the events they were involved in.”

Applications can be made online here.