Monday, August 24, 2009

Funding for art projects

Big Challenge is for open for applications. The £60,000 fund is for
projects addressing the theme Many cultures, many individuals, how can
you create unity in your community?
Anybody aged 16-25 and living in the UK who has original ideas on the
theme can apply online. Individuals can apply on their own or as part
of a group with other young people
The deadline for application is 28th September 2009.
Big Challenge is happy to talk through your ideas before you submit an
application, you can contact them either by email, telephone, 0207
5661 129, or visit the website here for more information:
http://www.bigchallenge.org.uk/

Arts Council England is now accepting applications for Art in empty
spaces. The £500,000 scheme aims to help artists turn vacant high
street shops into artistic and vibrant places (hint: like community
media centres), which the whole community can enjoy.
This programme is running in partnership with the Department for
Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) scheme Looking After Our
Town Centres which will invest £3 million to reinvigorate ailing town
centres during the recession.

The fund aims to help artists and arts organisations to carry out
artistic activities in vacant premises made available to them through
the DCLG scheme.
Generally grants of £1,000 - £10,000 are available, however
applications for grants above this amount can will considered.

Grants are available for all eligible artistic activity as defined in
the Grants for the arts How to apply handbook which can be downloaded
here.

Exclusions include fit-out, rent and other property costs, purchase of
materials to clean and decorate premises, running costs, including
insurance and utility bills, buying assets such as equipment,
instruments and vehicles.

There is no deadline for applications but this is a limited fund so it
is advised to get applications in ASAP.

For more information visit the Art in empty spaces information on the
Arts Council England website here:
http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/artinemptyspaces