GROUPS in Huddersfield have won grants from Arts Council England for their work.
Fifty-three projects in the Yorkshire and Humber region, including five in Kirklees, benefit from the latest round of funding.
All go to individual artists and organisations across the region who use their talents to enrich the lives of others.
Kirklees projects who benefit include:
* Isaacs UK, Holmfirth, receives £40,000.
Ruth Churchill Dower, director of the European cultural and educational consultancy Isaacs UK has produced an in-depth report on creative practice in pre-school learning in three international settings.
The case studies have already been highlighted at West Yorkshire Playhouse and marks the start of a range of partnerships being developed countywide to benefit arts and early years groups across the regions.
* Interculture, a Huddersfield-based arts and cultural organisation, gets £30,000.
It will work with the public in Huddersfield, York and Mexborough, taking three writers to three different towns to create living biographies of communities.
* Artists In Mind, an arts and mental health organisation, receives £5,000 to work with people with mental health problems to improve their artist skills and improve their mental health at the same time.
* The Wildspace Ponds for People project has been handed £4,800 to work in the Spen Valley for two weekends of art workshops and sculpture.
They will focus on the Lower Spen local nature reserve.
The workshops in January and March next year will bring communities together to focus on becoming involved with the natural resource on their doorstep.
* Theatre practitioner Bob Lockwood, of Meltham, receives £470.
It will help deliver a form of training and performance developed by Scott Kelman in Portland, Oregan, which will be used in schools, universities and public workshops in the region.