Monday, October 26, 2015

News: Grimm & Co secures £250k

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Grimm & Co, a new Yorkshire literacy charity based in Rotherham, has secured vital funds to support the innovative retail aspect of the project as well as the educational side.

Grimm & Co works around the region and aims to unlock imaginations, engage, enthuse and inspire children and young people in the literary arts. It aims to create a fantastical retail destination in Rotherham to inspire children to work without knowing they are working, and increase participation in literacy projects through a creative writing and mentoring centre.

Work is continuing at the former Town Gate pub on Doncaster Gate where volunteers have been on hand to help with renovation work that also includes a beanstalk slide and secret doors.

The charity has recently received confirmation of the award of a Reaching Communities Lottery Grant, totalling £250k over five years. The Big Lottery Fund distributes money that the National Lottery raises for good causes. Reaching Communities funding supports projects that can help meet the aim of improving communities and the lives of people most in need.

Deborah Bullivant, director at Grimm & Co, said: "This will cover the costs of a new position, responsible for retail and volunteers, and we will now be able to reimburse for all volunteers' travel and expenses and we can provide amazing training and support for all volunteers at our new centre.

"This is amazing news for Yorkshire's writing charity and as the hub is in Rotherham, this is amazing news for Rotherham."

The idea for Grimm & Co was inspired by the Dave Eggers' 2008 TED Talk on people engaging with local schools, the work of 826 Valencia that he established in San Francisco (a Pirate Supply Store), and the Ministry of Stories in London (Hoxton St. Monster Supplies).

In each case, the shop is a façade, and although they sell products, like any other, it is all part of creating a fantastical destination. The story behind Grimm & Co (Graham Grimm was a Yorkshire businessman, born 1148, just before lunchtime, who spotted a gap in the market), and the ideas for products to sell (everything from magic wands to dealing with heartburn for dragons), have been developed by leading literary figures including Jeremy Dyson, a non-acting member of the League of Gentleman and co-writer of the West End play, Ghost Stories.

The project is still in need of volunteer trades people and businesses as it aims to open by the end of the year.

Grimm & Co website

Images: Grimm & Co / twitter

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