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New fund: Creative Civic Change

Why the Inquiry is supporting a new arts programme for local communities
Posted by CGF staff

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new funding programme Creative Civic Change, a partnership between the Inquiry’s creator the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch), Local Trust and Big Lottery Fund.

Creative Civic Change is a new fund which will enable people to use arts and creativity to make positive changes in their community. It is open to areas across England that can demonstrate need such as having higher levels of unemployment, a higher proportion of children in poverty or lower levels of health compared to the general population. Alongside direct funding, the programme will offer mentoring, coaching and peer-to-peer support, networking and guidance.

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The Inquiry is supporting Creative Civic Change because we hope it will provide a model for the potential solutions that Rethinking Relationships, our Phase One report, showed to be difficult.

Firstly, Rethinking Relationships revealed arts organisations found ‘arts’ and ‘social change’ to be mutually exclusive in funding programmes: it was hard to apply for one if your work covered both.

Secondly, many interviewees said the application process was too onerous and the funding demands too inflexible. This is why we’re using a pared down application process, and taking an approach which puts the communities themselves in the driver’s seat.

Thirdly, partnership working was a theme most of the arts organisations interviewed wanted to explore. While a few were truly working in partnership, for most it was an aspiration or a relationship at early stages. This will provide funding for groups to have this experience at a very local level.

What’s next:

  • Expressions of interest in Creative Civic Change open today.
  • The closing date is the end of September.
  • The approximate 10 communities which receive funding will be announced in spring 2019.

Read more here: bit.ly/creativecivicchange

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