The Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places 2020-24 fund will focus investment in parts of the country where people’s involvement in arts and culture is in the bottom third of engagement according to the Active Lives Survey, and which are not currently covered by a Creative People and Places programme.
The central aims of the fund are:
- Communities are empowered to take thelead in shaping local cultural provision
- More people from the identified places of least engagement experience, create and are inspired by arts and culture, and become regularly engaged as audiences or participants
- The aspiration for excellence is central to the activity we will support – this covers both excellence of art and culture and excellence of the process of engaging communities
- To learn from past experiences (including learning from the current Creative People and Places programme) and create an environment where the arts and cultural sector can experiment with innovative approaches to engaging communities
- To learn more about how to establish sustainable arts and cultural opportunities and make this learning freely available across the cultural sector
- To encourage partnerships across the subsidised, amateur, voluntary, and commercial sectors
- Through these projects, we will demonstrate the power of arts and culture to enrich the lives of individuals and make positive changes in communities
- Activity will be radically different from what has happened before in the eligible places prior to the Creative People and Places programme
- To maximise opportunities for collaborations across arts organisations, museums and libraries where possible
- Where possible and appropriate, to maximise digital opportunities for cultural engagement and empowering the public
Lead applicants from a consortium (all consortia must include at least one arts or cultural organisation and one community and/or grassroots organisation) can apply for between £1million to £2million (over four years) for new programmes in areas that are not currently covered by the Creative People and Places grant. The new districts for Kent are: Dartford and Gravesham.
Successful consortium lead applicants in Round 1 working in Medway and/or Swale can apply for an Extension Grant of between £750,000-£1.75million (over four years) to expand their existing projects into the new areas.
Activities must be delivered over four years and start no earlier than 1 November 2020. Activities must end no later than 31 October 2024.
25% of the total project budget is required in match funding; this can include in-kind support, ticket sales during the project, organisation/individual contributions, other grants , public appeals or fundraising.
Deadline: Before application, the lead applicant must speak about your proposal in detail to an Arts Council England Relationship Manager in the area where you are based. You can book your conversation for between Thursday 16 January 2020, 12pm and Thursday 27 February 2020, 4pm. You will be scheduled an appointment to take place before Thursday 12 March 2020, 4pm.
To obtain the contact details of the Arts Council England Relationship Manager in your area please contact the main Customer Services on 0161 934 4317 or by email on email@example.com. Once the mandatory conversation has taken place you will be invited to apply via email.
For more information and how to apply please click here.
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