GRANTS worth more than £2.5m will support theatre, music and art in this area.

The money has been awarded to organisations by the Arts Council for between now and 2008.

More than £500,000 has been allocated to the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, which has established a worldwide reputation for excellence.

And more than £328,000 is on its way to Huddersfield's Lawrence Batley Theatre in Queen Street.

There is also cash for theatre groups and projects set up to encourage writing and poetry.

Grants include:

* Chol Theatre: The Batley company runs community performances which bring cultures together (£142,600).

* Creative Industries Development Agency: The Huddersfield organisation provides development support for creative businesses (£66,590).

* The Culture Company: This is based at The Media Centre on Northumberland Street, Huddersfield, and commissions contemporary art exhibitions (£74,820).

* Faulty Optic Theatre: The Holmfirth company specialises in puppetry and animation. It tours internationally (£246,660).

* Full Body and The Voice: It is based at the Lawrence Batley Theatre and provides training and education through drama. It also puts on shows using its ensemble of actors with learning disabilities (£60,130).

* Heads Together: This group, based at The Media Centre, uses the arts to educate people in communities or schools ( £65,020).

* Contemporary Music Festival: It is held every November and also runs educational projects (£545,740).

* Impossible Theatre: It is based in Slaithwaite and helps people using creativity (£54,300).

* Lawrence Batley Theatre: It puts on shows and also supports community arts projects. It supports black minorities in theatre with the Hudawi Centre in Hillhouse ( £328,140).

* Live Arts Agency: This new Huddersfield organisation aims to develop the infrastructure for live arts (£101,380).

* The Media Centre: It supports the production of digital and interactive media by linking artists with researchers and academics. It commissions work in new media and has artists in residence (£215,830).

* Open Art: Based in Huddersfield, it runs arts programmes in health settings (£53,000).

* Poetry Business: Based in Byram Arcade, Huddersfield. It is a publisher, runs workshops and publishes a magazine, The North (£77,080).

* Primary Colours: The Huddersfield educational publishers provides multi-cultural resources for schools and community groups (£68,660).

* Proper Job Theatre: Based in Byram Arcade, it provides socially excluded people education, training and self-esteem through drama (£277,340).

* Satellites Community Celebrations: The Slaithwaite group helps to organise arts work for young people with learning disabilities, schools and community groups (£60,130).

* West Yorkshire Print Workshop: It is based in Mirfield and has studios, a gallery and printmaking facilities. It offers educational activities (£73,070).

* The Word Hoard: The Lockwood literature development company runs workshops and events (£73,390).