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Collect tokens until November 7.

Calling all local, non-professional art, culture, or creative groups across the region -here is your chance to boost your funds by staking a claim in The Wilkes Partnership pounds 10,000 Arts Bonanza competition.

The Post has teamed up with The Wilkes Partnership -a leading firm of Birmingham solicitors -to find and fund FIVE individual amateur groups who specialise in creative and cultural disciplines.

It may be that you are a member of a club involved with cinema, photography or painting.

It could be drama, music or junior dance or even a school literary and writing club. Whatever your hobby and, as long as your group is strictly non-professional, then you could help raise some much needed cash.

Maybe your group or club is seeking to stage a special event, production, performance or charity evening. You might be raising money for a tour or trip or simply trying to boost your reputation within the community.

Either way, here is the chance to realise some of those dreams now.

The Birmingham Post is printing special The Wilkes Partnership Arts Bonanza tokens.

One will be printed each day up to and including November 7.

During that period, and to make it fair for all sizes of club memberships, you will be required to collect five tokens per member and submit a short written application (maximum 100 words) for the chance of getting a pounds 2,000 grant.

You will need to attach your tokens to the entry form which appears eachSaturday, and on the final Friday, during the promotion.

A panel of judges from The Post and The Wilkes Partnership will then consider all applications and select the FIVE winning organisations. Each will receive a pounds 2,000 grant towards its goal.

Nigel Wood, senior partner at The Wilkes Partnership, said: 'The Arts Bonanza is a wonderful opportunity for amateur groups to get valuable funding and we are delighted to give our support. As a firm committed to developing legal talent, it seemed appropriate to help develop artistic talent around the West Midlands. There may be stars of the future out there that this money could help.'

The Wilkes Partnership, based in city centre offices on Church Street, provides a full range of legal services to commerce and industry, focusing particularly on both UK and foreign owner-managed businesses and as a supplier of specialist services for plcs.

For further information about The Wilkes Partnership call 0121 233 4333 or visit the website at: www.wilkes.co.uk

Your arts-based amateur group could be one of five to win pounds 2,000

Usual Post rules apply. Winners must apply and represent a legitimate non-professional club, society or organisation and be able to prove it.

Photocopies of tokens not accepted. Winners must agree to any relevant publicity. Your club must be established and have been in operation for at least 12 months. The closing date for this promotion is Friday, November 14 and entries will be judged on Tues-day, November 18.

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