SIX Huddersfield organisations are in the running for cash from West Yorkshire Joint Services' annual grants giveaway.
WYJS - which provides the region's archaeology, archives, grants and trading standards services - gives out money each year through its Grants To Voluntary Bodies Sub-Committee.
The committee will meet tomorrow to decide whether or not to give money to 64 applicants.
The WYJS is funded by district councils in the area - including Kirklees - and also generates its own income.
The Huddersfield organisations applying for grants are:
* Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. It is applying for £16, 679. The 10-day festival, set up in 1978, is held each November and features 52 concerts, recitals, talks, films and workshops around the town. It also involves music projects with local schools. It attracts around 15,000 people every year, bringing £600,000 to the local economy.
WYJS has funded the festival since 1986 - giving a total of £131,064.
It is expected to cost £460, 681 to stage the festival this year. Funds are coming from Arts Council Yorkshire, Kirklees Council, education grants, Huddersfield University, sponsorship and donations.
* The Proper Job Theatre Company. It has applied for £19,500. The company, set up in 1985, is based at Byram Arcade in Huddersfield. It plans to use the cash to develop its programme of educational drama activities and take on more workers. Proper Job Theatre works with about 5,000 people a year all over West Yorkshire.
Since 1986, the WYJS sub-committee has given the theatre company £163, 279.
* Mikron Theatre. The company, based at Marsden, wants £6,000 to create two new shows.
One will be entitled Village Voice, about rural life, while the other will be The Falkirk Wheel, about a unique Scottish boat lift. The company, set up in 1972, tours musical theatre shows in venues such as pubs, village halls and community centres - aiming to reach people who usually would not attend a theatre.
Mikron Theatre performs to about 7,650 people a year.
Since 1989, WYJS has given the theatre company £27,600.
* Kirklees Theatre Trust. The trust, set up in 1980, has applied for £36,000 towards running costs of the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield.
About 77,000 people attend the theatre each year. Since it opened in 1994, WYJS has given the theatre £322,391.
The theatre will use the latest grant to extend its repertoire of shows and to provide more attractions for the South Asian and African Caribbean communities. Some money will be spent supporting artists from these communities and other cash will go towards tackling social exclusion and providing facilities for amateur dramatic groups.
* The Deighton Festival. It wants £5,000 towards this year's celebrations, which will cost £11,623 to stage.
The festival, established in 2002, aims to promote Deighton in a positive light, celebrating the cultural diversity of the area. It attracts about 3,000 people every year and is funded by Kirklees Cultural Services, Fresh Horizons and West Yorkshire Police. This is the first time it has applied for a WYJS grant.
* The Yorkshire Sculpture Park at West Bretton. It has asked for £60,000 towards its running costs.
Set up in 1977, the park has been funded by WYJS since 1988 - with a total of £732,387 being given. The latest £60,000 will pay for a new underground gallery to open in May. It will also fund an exhibition celebrating 50 years of work by British artist William Turnbull and will pay for a ceramic exhibition by American artist James Turrell.
New sculptures by Henry Moore and Antony Gormley will be purchased and funding will go to educational sculpture, woodwork and stone carving workshops for refugees and asylum seekers.