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  • 1. Sub Regional ARTS FUNDING BULLETIN JANUARY 2014 This Funding Bulletin is sent on behalf of the Sub Regional Arts Partnership by Warwickshire County Council. If you would like to be added to the email list or you have any events for inclusion in future editions please contact your local arts officer. Antonia Beck & Clare Mitchell County Arts Officers Warwickshire Mair Evans Arts Development Officer Warwick District Council Kirsty Hillyer Arts Development Officer Rugby Borough Council Laura Elliott Director Coventry Artspace Limited Tel 01926 412355 02476 553 533 antoniabeck@warwickhsi +44(0)1926 456231 01788 533208 laura@coventryartspa mair.evans@warwickd kirsty.hillyer@ru claremitchell@warwicksh (Maternity cover) Funding___________________________ Funding for Summer Playschemes (UK) The Hilden Charitable Fund has announced that its Summer Playscheme Grants Programme is now open for applications. The aim of the scheme is to help community groups run Summer Playschemes for the benefit of children from refugee and ethnic minority families. Funding of between £500 and £1,500 is available for Summer Playschemes for children aged 5 - 18 years lasting for 2 - 6 weeks with strong volunteer support. The funding is available to voluntary agencies with an income of less than £120,000. Some priority will be given to projects which show they are inclusive of children from refugee families, and show BME involvement. The closing date for applications is the 15th March 2014. Read more at: http:// __________________________________________________________________________________ Artfund Curatorial Grants The Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants programme provides funding for travel and other practical costs to help curators from museums large and small undertake collection and exhibition research projects within the UK or anywhere in the world. Deadline: ongoing __________________________________________________________________________________ The Henry Moore Foundation Awards grants in six categories including New Projects, Research and Fellowships for Artists every 3 months. Deadline: ongoing. Applications considered at quarterly meetings.
  • 2. Nesta: Grants for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Growth Experiments The first initiative of a new international collaboration, the global innovation, entrepreneurship and growth lab, which aims to increase the use of randomised controlled trials in innovation and entrepreneurship research and evaluation. Call out for programme delivery organisations and operators and/or researchers. Deadline 24 Feb 2014. Details: __________________________________________________________________________________ Rural Economy Grant - Micro Enterprise Support - Warwickshire Rural Growth Network grant open to enterprises with fewer than 10 employees who can demonstrate significant growth potential. Funding £10k-£100k available. Details: __________________________________________________________________________________ Step Up In Solihull - Scheme for Solihull employers to support schools, colleges and providers. Opportunities to provide lectures, mentoring, workshops, work experience, work based projects, internships, resources, etc. Details: _________________________________________________________________________________ HLF: Heritage Enterprise Grant  Supporting enterprising community organisations across the UK to rescue neglected historic buildings and sites and unlock their economic potential. Grants £100k-£5m. Deadlines: grants £2m-£5 13 Dec 2013; less than £2m, every 3 months. For full details, see: HLF: First World War - Then and Now Grant  Grants of £3k-£10k for communities to mark the Centenary of the First World War. For details and deadlines see: _________________________________________________________________________________ BIFFA Flagship Scheme Opens for 2013 The scheme offers grants of between £150,000 and £500,000 to projects of regional significance that focus either on the theme of Rebuilding Biodiversity or Cultural Facilities. Projects must be site-based, within 25 miles of a Biffa operation within the UK and 10 miles of a licenced landfill. Read More _________________________________________________________________________________ The Ernest Cook Trust (UK) Schools, registered charities and not-for-profit organisations wishing to encourage young people's interest either in the countryside and the environment, the arts or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT). The Trust operates two grant making programmes.  The small grants programme (under £4,000) supports state schools and small registered charities which would like to undertake projects which meet the Trust's objectives and require a small amount of pump-priming in order for such projects to take place. Meetings to consider applications for the small grants programme take place bi-monthly throughout the year.  The full board of Trustees meets twice a year, in April and September, to consider grants in excess of £4,000. _________________________________________________________________________________ Esmée Fairbain Trust Esmée Fairbairn aims to improve the quality of life throughout the UK. They do this by funding the charitable activities of organisations that have the ideas and ability to achieve change for the better. The Foundation like to consider work which others may find hard to fund, perhaps because it breaks new ground, appears too risky, requires core funding, or needs a more  unusual form of financial help such as a
  • 3. loan. They also take the initiative where new thinking is required or where we believe there are important unexplored opportunities. Main Funds are within four areas of interest – the arts, education and learning, the environment and enabling disadvantaged people to participate fully in society. They prioritise work that: ·         Addresses a significant gap in provision ·         Develops or strengthens good practice ·         Challenges convention or takes a risk in order to address a difficult issue ·         Tests out new ideas or practices ·         Takes an enterprising approach to achieving its aims ·         Sets out to influence policy or change behaviour more widely. Application Deadlines: First stage applications can be made at any time, if successful applicants will be advised by the Foundation on how to proceed with the next stage. Full details of the application process can be accessed via the following link: __________________________________________________________________________________________ New £125 Million Heritage Enterprise Programme Launched (UK) The Heritage Lottery Fund has launched a £125m grants programme aimed at stimulating economic growth by using derelict historic buildings and sites for commercial purposes.  Under the programme, known as Heritage Enterprise, grants of between £100,000 and £5 million will be available over the next five years to not-for-profit organisations to help them work in partnership with the private sector in the restoration of unused buildings.  Projects will be able to apply for a limited amount of funding for capital works, such as urgent repairs to prevent a building from further deteriorating, while they are being planned.  The launch of the scheme coincided with the release of HLF research that found historic buildings are particularly successful in attracting creative industries and new business startups.  The programme is designed to address market failure, where historic buildings have failed to attract enough investment because the cost of their repair has not been commercially viable for private developers. For further information on how to apply for funding, including the applications dates, please click: heritage_enterprise.aspx#.UXeOLsrEUf4 _________________________________________________________________________ Lloyds TSB Foundation Lloyds TSB supports charities that aid disadvantaged individuals or communities. Funding is available for 1 to 3 years. The level of funding awarded is based on the needs and size of the organisation. Lloyds fund charities to continue and develop existing community-based work, or to develop the organisation or its services. It is able to support charities in a range of ways and examples include funding to: ·         Enable the continued provision of services ·         Support the expansion of services ·         Help improve the quality of services ·         Maintain and or improve their capacity and or effectiveness ·         Encourage learning and best practice ·         Lobby or campaign at a local, regional or national level Application Deadlines: In order to access funding organisations will have to confirm eligibility by completing a questionnaire either online or over the phone 0870 411 1223. Visit: HowToApply.aspx. Once you have completed the questionnaire the Grant Manager for your region will be in touch to discuss whether or not your work is eligible and if
  • 4. it is the next steps. The Foundation’s application form is available only after you have spoken to the local Grant Manager.  _________________________________________________________________________________________ Spirit of 2012 Trust Receives £40 Million from the Big Lottery Fund (UK) The Big Lottery Fund has transferred £40 million to the new Spirit of 2012 Trust.  The aim of the Trust is to ensure that communities across the UK will benefit from a lasting London 2012 Games legacy.  The Trust will be looking to fund projects that will capture the volunteering legacy of the London 2012 Games for community benefit, build on the positive spirit created by the Games to motivate groups of people into social action, use local and national events to develop community activities and develop positive attitudes to disability and impairment.  Initiatives such as today's National Paralympic Day, also supported by the Big Lottery Fund, provide a flavour of the kind of projects the Trust will be supporting when it opens for business this autumn. In the meantime, the trust can be contacted at Read more at: ________________________________________________________________________________________ The Screwfix Foundation Screwfix has set up a new charity that will provide grants for charities to fix, maintain and improve their properties. For details visit jsp/landing.jsp?id=ScrewfixFoundation  _________________________________________________________________________________ Time to Change Grants (England) The Mental Health charity, Time to Change has announced that its grants programme will re-open for applications in the Summer of 2013.  Through the programme, grants of up to £100,000 are available to constituted not for profit organisations for projects that bring people with and without mental health problems together to challenge discrimination in their communities. Time to Change plan to fund approximately 75 projects between 2012 and 2015.     Previous projects supported include: ·         Refugee Radio which received a grant to enable 10 refugees and asylum seekers with mental health problems to put on events for the wider refugee community; ·         and “abandofbrother” which received funding to enable 12 men with experience of mental health problems, from different London communities, to take part in workshops where they will talk about mental health and discrimination. 25% of the fund is for projects run by and for people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities and 20% is for projects that work with an audience of children and young people, in specific regions. Read more at: grants. __________________________________________________________________________________________ Take It Away (UK) Take it away, an initiative from the Arts Council that aims to make musical instruments and tuition more affordable for aspiring musicians, especially younger people and those on lower incomes, has recently been launched across England. The scheme allows individuals to apply for a loan of between £100 and £5,000 for the purchase of any kind of musical instrument completely interest free.  The Take it away loans are available through a network of musical instrument retailers across
  • 5. England. All instruments are included in the scheme and, to help musical development and manage costs, equipment and services such as amplifiers, sheet music and tuition can be included within the loan where available. It is also possible to use the scheme via mail order, so this might be an option for you if you are in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, or if there isn't a participating retailer in your area. The scheme is only open to individuals so schools or organisations cannot use it for multiple purchases. Applications can be made at any time. Read more at: _________________________________________________________________________________ Foyle Foundation Small Grants Programme Small charities operating in the areas of the arts and learning that have an annual turnover of less than £100,000 per annum can apply for funding of between £1,000 and £10,000 through the Foyle Foundation’s Small Grants Programme. The Foundation which is one of the largest grant making trusts in the UK provides grants that are helping to make the arts more accessible by developing new audiences, supporting tours, festivals and arts educational projects; encouraging new work and supporting young and emerging artists; and that address special educational needs and learning difficulties. Larger organisations can apply for funding through the Foyle Foundations Arts and Learning Main Grants Programmes.   Applications can be submitted at any time. Read more at: Foyle Foundation Schools Library Programme (UK) State funded secondary and primary schools as well as dedicated schools catering for those with Special Educational Needs (SEN) that do not have or want to improve their libraries can apply for funding through the Foyle Foundation Schools Library Programme. This programme recognises that there is no statutory requirement for schools to have a library and that many school libraries are in a desperate situation through underfunding and underdevelopment. Encouraging children to read widely from an early age will provide a major boost to improving literacy levels, which is a current key educational objective. Priority will be given to funding library books. The Foundation will also consider contributions towards library software, necessary IT equipment and specialist seating/desks. Preference will be given to schools which can clearly demonstrate that their library can be maintained and renewed in the future. The average grant made under this programme is between £3,000 and £10,000.  Past projects funded by the Foundation includes: ·         Milton School, Mexborough received £20,000 towards improving and extending the learning facilities. ·         South Avenue Junior School, Sittingbourne received £10,000 towards equipping the newly built school library.  Applications can be submitted at any time. Read more at: http:// _________________________________________________________________________________ The Jephcott Charitable Trust Provides funds in the following areas: Education; Health; and Environmental. Grants are made in the range of £2000 to £10000 and in exceptional cases, up to £20000.     _________________________________________________________________________________ Young Roots (UK)
  • 6. The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced that from the 25th February, organisations will be able to apply for grants of more than £10,000 and up to £50,000 through the Young Roots programme. Young Roots aims to involve 11 25 year-olds in finding out about their heritage, developing skills, building confidence and promoting community involvement. Projects need to be related to the heritage of the UK. For example, it could involve young people researching a local archive or doing practical casework on a nature reserve. Projects must also show how young people are managing and participating in the project. Previous projects supported include: · Kirkby Stephen Grammer School which received a grant of £15,300 to produce a film about the construction of the Settle-Carlisle Railway which is an important part of the heritage of their area; · Villa Real School (which caters specifically for young people with special educational needs) which was awarded a grant of £19,875 to work in partnership with a local museum to explore and gain firsthand experience in ancient crafts. Applications will be assessed within 8 weeks. Read more at: HowToApply/programmes/Pages/youngroots.aspx#.USorp5BFARq _________________________________________________________________________________ People's Postcode Trust Small Grants Programme (England, Scotland & Wales) The People's Postcode Trust has announced its Small Grants Programme is now closed and will re-open for applications on the 8th April 2013. Through its small grants programme, the People's Postcode Trust offers grants of between £500 and £10,000 to small organisations and community groups for projects lasting up to 6 months in the areas of: · Poverty Prevention; · Advancement of Health; · Community Development; · Public Sports; · Human Rights; and · Environmental Protection. Previous projects supported include: · Rotters Community Composting which received a grants of £9,280 to transform a piece of derelict land into a well maintained, open and accessible space for local community groups to come and learn about growing healthy food and recycling organic waste into reusable compost; · and the Greater Manchester Youth Network which received a grant of £1,862 to fund their Young Community Entrepreneurs Programme. The project will offer personal development programmes for disabled young people through a Community Entrepreneurship programme that will support young people to develop their skills through facilitated sessions and then develop their own business idea. Read more at: _________________________________________________________________________________ Santander launches Community Plus Fund (UK) Following the launch, in September, of a new £250,000 pilot fund for charities in the South West, Santander Foundation has announced the launch of a new £1.23 million Community Plus fund to support charities helping local disadvantaged people across the UK.  UK registered charities can apply for a grant of up to £5,000.  The funding must be for a specific project that helps disadvantaged people.  For
  • 7. example this could be for a piece of equipment or to pay for the costs of a part time sessional worker. To apply, just visit any Santander branch and complete a nomination form. The completed form should be dropped into the box provided in your local branch.   There are no closing dates and entries will be regularly considered by a panel of staff drawn from across the region. Successful charities will be notified within 2 months of submitting their nomination. Read more at: http:// _________________________________________________________________________________ New Funding to Revive Rural Communities (England) The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has announced that it has awarded the Plunkett Foundation £450,000 to create a comprehensive new support service for rural communities. The support service will provide a combination of adviser support, training and feasibility grants, to help rural communities set up community owned services like shops and pubs, etc. The support is specifically focused at the early stage of a community’s ideas, and will help them progress to the next stage. To be eligible, communities will have to raise at least £10,000 themselves through community shares.  _________________________________________________________________________________________ Young Persons Volunteering Fund (England, Scotland & Wales) The Sita Trust has announced the next funding round of its new Young Person's Volunteering Fund. Through this new fund, the SITA Trust can provide grants of up to £10,000 for volunteering projects owned by 14-25 year olds. This fund has been created to assist young people aged 14-25 to volunteer their time to create or enhance facilities that can be enjoyed by the wider community. SITA Trust can provide funding towards the resources required by young volunteers to transform a derelict piece of land into a community green space or give a local community centre a much needed 'make-over'. Funding can be sought to provide necessary equipment such as tools, paint, plants, fencing and materials. To be eligible applicants must be able to demonstrate that young people will be fully involved in the design and development of the project and projects must be compliant with the rules of the Landfill Communities Fund.  _________________________________________________________________________________________ Peoples Health Trust: Active Communities Programme (England, Scotland & Wales) The Peoples Health Trust has announced the launch of its new Active Communities funding programme.  Under Active Communities, local charities and community groups can apply for grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 to address health inequalities.  The Active Communities Funding Programme aims to close the gap between those communities which experience the worst health in England, Scotland and Wales and the majority of the population.    The programme is currently open for applications in some areas. To find more information and if your area is open for applications, please click: http:// __________________________________________________________________________________________
  • 8. Funding for Youth Music Making Activities (England) Youth Music, the UK's largest children's music charity, and provides grants of between £5,000 and £30,000 are available to support music-making activities for children and young people, especially young people in challenging circumstances.  This can encompass anything from: · Mental health issues · Special educational needs · Physical disability · Rural isolation · Economic deprivation.  Youth Music will fund non profit-making organisations that are committed to music-making activities for children and young people up to 18 (or up to 25 if they have special educational needs, disabilities or are in detention).  Youth Music aims to support music making principally in out of school hours such as during weekends, holidays as well as in breakfast and after schools clubs. Youth Music understands that programmes may need to begin in school hours especially if the proposal involves encouraging first time participation in music. To help with this, Youth Music will consider applications for programmes where up to 25% of the time is spent in school hours. The proposed programme should aim to encourage children and young people to eventually make music outside of school hours. Read more at:  _________________________________________________________________________________ Theatre Protection Fund Small Grants Scheme Opens for Applications (UK) The Theatres Trust, which works with commercial, public and voluntary sectors to secure a sustainable future for theatre buildings, has announced that it is now accepting applications through its Theatre Protection Fund Small Grants Scheme. Through the scheme, theatres run by charities and not-for-profit groups can apply for grants of up to £5,000 in order to carry out capital improvements to enhance their work within the local community. The type of works that can be funded include: · Urgent building repairs · Environmental improvements · Works to enhance physical accessibility, etc. Applicants have to own or manage theatres with titles or signed leases of more than 5 years on buildings in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Applicants also need to demonstrate that they run a regular theatre programme of professional, community and/or amateur work presenting no less than 30 performances a year.    There are no closing dates and applications can be submitted at any time. Read more at: _________________________________________________________________________________ The Steel Charitable Trust Grants (UK)
  • 9. The Steel Charitable Trust is a grant-making trust supporting general charitable purposes. Grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 are made to registered charities in the UK within the areas of: · Arts and culture · Environment · Health · Education · Disadvantaged. Grants are made at regular intervals during the year and the total level of grants is approximately £1,000,000, 30% of these grants will be made to organisations in the Luton and Bedfordshire area.  Applications can be made at any time as there are no application deadlines. Read more at: grant_policy.htm _________________________________________________________________________________ UK Cultural Contact Point for European opportunities Visiting Arts is the official UK Cultural Contact Point (CCP) for the European Commission's Culture Programme. Their website and the Alert e-newsletter will continue to provide the latest information on European funding. Email enquiries can be sent ________________________________________________________________________________________ The Leche Trust (UK) The Leche Trust makes grants for charitable purposes, in particular for the furtherance of education or academic research and the support of the National Trust and the preservation of rural England, and financing the visits of teachers and students abroad. The main focuses of the Trusts grant making activities are: · The promotion of good relations between Britain and third world countries · Assistance to academic, educational or other organisations concerned with music, drama, dance and the arts · The preservation of buildings and their contents and the repair and conservation of church furniture · The preservation of the nation's countryside, towns, villages and historic landscapes. Read more at: _________________________________________________________________________________ vInspired Cashpoint (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland) vInspired Cashpoint is offering funding of up to £500 to young people (14 – 25 year olds) who want to set up a local project to help their community. To be eligible for funding, the project should be of benefit to the community where the young people live, or where they spend most of their time, or a group of people that they would like to help. The project should be a new idea or something that applicants have tried before but would like to do differently. Grants need to be used within two months of the project start date and should create a least two more volunteering opportunities for 14-25 year olds (in addition to the applicant). Applications can be submitted at any time. Read more at: __________________________________________________________________________________________
  • 10. STARTUP LOANS The Government has advised that it is contributing an additional £30 million to the StartUp Loans scheme to help young people get started in business. Prime Minister David Cameron said the £30 million boost to the scheme will increase the total pot for loans to more than £110 million over the next three years. Mr Cameron also announced that due to demand from those who had previously missed out on the scheme, and experienced difficulty in securing loans to start a business, the age limit for applications has now been extended from 24 to 30 years old. "It is by backing our entrepreneurs and championing small business that we can drive forward and grow the economy, and equip this country for the highly competitive era we are in." The extra £30 million will be delivered in two tranches; £10 million in 2013/14, and £20 million in 2014/15. Applications may be submitted at any time __________________________________________________________________________________ Golsoncott Foundation The Foundation's declared objective is "to promote, maintain, improve and advance the education of the public in the arts generally and, in particular, the fine arts and music". Grants vary according to context and are not subject to an inflexible limit, but they are unlikely to exceed £5,000 and are normally given on a non-recurrent basis. The Trustees’ overriding concern is to support those projects that demonstrate and deliver excellence in the arts, be it in performance, exhibition, artistic craft, or scholarly endeavour.  Priority is given to applications that focus upon the perfection or promotion of the art in question. Additionally for those applications involving young people the trustees look to a long-lasting connection between them and the art form, one which aims at a significant level of participation and achievement, rather than projects that offer little scope for further involvement. Read more at: ______________________________________________________________________________ Clore Duffield Poetry + Literature Awards are made to projects that support creative writing initiatives for children + young people. The scheme enables schools, colleges, community groups, libraries + other arts/cultural organisations to apply for grants of £1,000 - £10,000, to support participatory learning projects focused on literature, poetry + creative writing for under 19s. Info at: id=331&parent=35 Deadline 7 March 2014 __________________________________________________________________________________ Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation (UK) The Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation has announced that its grants making programme will re-open for applications in October 2013. The Foundation supports projects in children’s hospitals and hospices throughout the UK to enrich and
  • 11. enhance the lives of patients. Projects that could be considered by the Foundation include amongst others: ·         Arts, music, play and leisure programmes ·         Facilities to support families of children treated in hospitals or hospices ·         Care and facilities in hospices ·         Supporting children with physical and emotional difficulties ·         Medical equipment.  ·         In the past, the average grant awarded was just over £9,000. Previous projects supported include: ·         Naomi House Children's Hospice Winchester which received funding for new play equipment and art materials. ·         The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, which received funding towards a new family accommodation facility to enable more parents to stay near their children. Read more at: __________________________________________________________________________________________ Artists International Development Fund (England) The Arts Council England has announced that its new Artists' International Development Fund is currently open for applications. Through the Artists' International Development Fund the Arts Council offers grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to individual freelance and self-employed artists based in England to build links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in another country. The fund is open to individual artists, including creative producers, curators and editors. Although the Artists' international development programme is aimed at individual artists, small groups of artists who normally collaborate in their work can also apply. This could include, for example, musicians and visual artists who usually create work together, or writers and their translators. In parallel with the Artists' international development fund, the British Council are administering a separate fund for film makers designed to help emerging UK film talent travel with their work and reach new international audiences. The Travel Grant Fund will support makers of short films in the UK in showing their work at international film festivals. The closing date for applications is the 7th February 2014. Read more at: http:// __________________________________________________________________________________________ Idlewild Trust (UK) The Idlewild Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its grant making programme is the 26th February 2014. The Idlewild Trust is a grant making trust that supports registered charities concerned with the encouragement of the performing and fine arts and crafts, the advancement of education within the arts and the preservation for the benefit of the public of lands, buildings and other objects of beauty or historic interest in the United Kingdom.   Recent grants awarded include: ·         A grant of £3,000 to the Birmingham Royal Ballet to give young people with a talent for dance free ballet lessons.
  • 12. ·         A grant of £1,000 to the Vale of Glamorgan Festival 2013 for the presentation of two concerts by the Estonian choir Vox Clamantis, featuring three world premieres of new choral works. Read more at: __________________________________________________________________________________________ Henry Smith's Charity - Holiday Grants for Children (UK) The Henry Smith’s Charity has announced that it will start accepting applications through its Holiday Grant for Children Programme from the 1st November 2013 onwards. Applications can be made by schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities for grants towards holidays or outings within the UK for children aged 13 and under who are from areas of high deprivation, are experiencing disadvantage, or those who have a disability. Applications can be considered for holidays or outings that have the objective of providing children with a break they would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. The maximum grant available is £2,500 for any one trip. Grants are normally limited to a maximum of two-thirds of the total cost of a trip as we would expect some local partnership funding to be in place. The closing date for applications will be the 31st March 2014. Read more at: __________________________________________________________________________________________ Music Grants for Older People (England & Wales) The registered charity, Concertina which makes grants to charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 30th April 2014. The charity is particular keen to support smaller organisations which might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding. Since its inception in 2004, Concertina has made grants to a wide range of charitable organisations nationwide in England and Wales. These include funds to many care homes for the elderly to provide musical entertainment for their residents. Some of the charities that have received grants from Concertina include: ·         Age Concern, Exmouth which received a grant for entertainments for the elderly in Exmouth and surrounding areas. ·         Sue Ryder Care, Lancashire to fund access to music therapy workshops at Birchley Hall near Wigan and St Helen's. Read more at: __________________________________________________________________________________________ Arts Council England – Exceptional Awards (England) The Arts Council England has announced that organisations with projects that have the potential to make a significant additional contribution to the arts but sit outside its normal funding routes have the opportunity to apply for grants of above £50,000 through its Exceptional Awards. Projects need to help deliver the Arts Council’s ambitions as set out in its Achieving great art for everyone strategic framework.  The projects funded will probably have national (and even international) impact in terms of outcomes and it is likely that the Arts Council will make fewer than 25 Exceptional Awards before 31 March 2015, given limited resources at this time. Read more at: apply-for-funding/exceptional-awards/.
  • 13. __________________________________________________________________________________________ New Programme for Disabled Artists (England & Scotland) Following the successful Unlimited project which was at the heart of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and celebrated the work of disabled artists, Shape and Arts admin have been awarded £1.5 million by Arts Council England to deliver a new three year commissioning programme to support disabled artists in developing ambitious and high quality work, will be delivered throughout England and Scotland.  'Unlimited' will not only help disabled artists develop their practice and encourage the development of new relationships and collaborations with producers, venues and promoters, but will also increase distribution of disabled artists' work (through digital means and touring up to an international level), affording greater opportunities for audiences to see the work.  The funding is available both to individual disabled artists and organisations applying on behalf of disabled artists.   The deadline for applications is 12noon on the 17th February 2014. Read more at: __________________________________________________________________________________________ Film Enterprise Fund Opens for Applications (England excl. London) Creative England has announced that its Film Enterprise Fund is open for applications. Through the fund, £2 million will be available over the next four years to improve the growth and sustainability of film-related businesses in England outside of Greater London. Creative England is looking to work with companies on an individual basis and design made-to-measure programmes of business support and funding to help entrepreneurs unlock new opportunities, develop creative strategies, refine their business models and attract increased levels of corporate finance.  We are also looking to encourage new business alliances and joint ventures and to help companies enhance their capacity for international trade.  Eligible companies can apply for either a Business Planning grant of up to £5,000 or for Business funding.  There is no minimum or maximum level of business funding.  Applicants are initially advised to submit an Expression of Interest form. There is no closing date and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Read more at: http:// __________________________________________________________________________________ New Investment Programmes 2014 Arts Connect West Midlands are pleased to announce the introduction of three new investment strands. We would like to invite you to submit proposals to one of the following: Research and Development – you can apply for up to £5,000 to support research and development activity designed to develop the potential of existing programmes, develop the feasibility of an idea or research new opportunities for sustainable ways of working. Closing date for proposals is 5pm Friday 21st February 2014 Arts Award – up to £5,000 to increase Arts Award Silver and Gold provision and take up within the West Midlands. Closing date for proposals is 5pm Friday 21st February 2014 Partnership Investment Round 2 - Supporting children and young people in challenging circumstances – you can apply for between £7,000 and £15,000. The purpose of the fund is to increase arts and cultural opportunities for children and
  • 14. young people in challenging circumstances. Our definition of children and young people in challenging circumstances includes, Not in Education Employment or Training (NEETs), Looked after children, Young people at risk of exclusion/ offending or re-offending, Children and Young People with disabilities or who are D/deaf. Closing date for proposals is 5pm Monday 3rd March 2014 For more information about any of the funding strands please visit http:// __________________________________________________________________________________ Funding Websites …. Coventry City Council Small Arts Grants: up to £1000 to support high quality arts activity that benefits Coventry WCAVA has a grants online free funding portal on its website which organisations can use which you might like to promote in your funding websites section. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Warwickshire County Council is not responsible for the contents, nor does it warrant the accuracy or reliability of any linked website. Warwickshire County Council, to the extent permissible by law, excludes all liability which may arise from your use or reliance on the information or contents contained in the linked sit