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Grants Available to Develop Community – University Research Partnerships (West Midlands and London)

Tuesday, 24 April 2018


The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) has launched the Community University Partnership Initiative (CUPI).

Funded by Power to Change and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, CUPI supports community organisations (including community businesses, charities, social enterprises, and voluntary organisations) and university researchers to create trusting and useful research collaborations which benefit all the partners involved and will be of benefit to their community.

This may take many forms such as providing services, running local facilities, connecting people, encouraging and supporting participation in public life, and much more. Events are held regionally – to encourage local partnership development.

At each event, small grants of £500 to £1000 (£7000 in total at each event) are available for ‘thinking time’ where teams of community partners and academics can work together and put together follow up funding bids.

Teams can then bid for up to £5,000 to either develop or deliver their project.

The next events are:

• Newham, London - Tuesday 26th June. Application deadline Monday 28th May.

• Birmingham - Tuesday 3rd July. Application deadline Monday 4th June 2018.

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Funding Support for Former Mining Communities (East & West Midlands, North East & North West of England, Yorkshire and Kent)

Tuesday, 24 April 2018


Funding Support for Former Mining Communities (East & West Midlands, North East & North West of England, Yorkshire and Kent) The Coalfields Community Investment Programme, which provides grants to community and voluntary groups to tackle key challenges that still affect the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities in England has re-opened for applications.

Grants totaling £125,000 will be available in this funding round for projects that address the following themes:

• Skills - growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities;

• Employment - developing pathways to increase the number of people in work;

• Health - supporting projects that increase participation in activities/services that improve health and wellbeing.

The maximum grant per project will be £10,000.

Applicants are advised to consult the eligible wards list on the website before making an application.

To apply, organisations need to complete an eligibility survey to determine whether the applicant organisation/group meets the criteria to apply for funding from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT).

The closing date for submitting the eligibility survey will be the 8th June 2018.

The deadline for submitting applications is the 15th June 2018.

Useful Documents: Guidance Notes Eligibility Survey

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Funding for Communities Affected by Loan Sharks (England)

Tuesday, 24 April 2018


The England Illegal Money Lending Team has funding of up to £5,000 available for charities, community and voluntary groups, schools and statutory agencies that want to raise awareness of the issues of illegal money lending.

The funding can be used on projects that contribute to:

• Raising the awareness of the dangers of using loan sharks;

• Prevents crime and disorder and publicises the Stop Loan Sharks message;

• Promotes the work of the Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) in communities; a

• Encourages reporting of loan sharks.

The closing date for applications is the 30th June 2018.

If you require any further information, help or assistance with this form please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Useful Links: Click here to download the application pack Stop Loan Sharks Video

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Career Development Grants for Artists and Bands (England)

Tuesday, 24 April 2018


The Momentum Music Fund supports Artists/ or Bands that are showing current progression and growth as artists and who have the potential to significantly develop their careers over the next two years.

Supported artists will:

• Be based in England

• Be writing or performing their own music

• Have been profiled/featured in national press, media and received coverage in UK wide blogs as an artist/band

• Have played shows or been asked to play multiple shows across the UK

• Have evidence of a strong fan base nationally and regionally Grants of £5,000 to £15,000 are available with the average grant being £12,612.

Activities eligible for support include recording, touring and marketing.

Applications can be submitted by artists themselves or those who are working on their behalf, for example a manager, an independent label or publisher.

The next deadline is on Tuesday 29 May 2018 at 6pm.

Recently funded artists include:

• Ben Khan, a 22-year-old musician, vocalist, visual artist and producer to fund a 10 date UK tour, including rehearsals and additional production.

• Dutch Uncles to keep creative and commercial momentum in producing their fourth studio album

• Clock Opera, to support promotional costs for their upcoming second album campaign, to include artwork, videos, press / online PR costs and radio plugging Useful Links: FAQ's Funding Case Studies Momentum Fund Youtube Video

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New Funding to Develop Artistic Practice (England)

Tuesday, 24 April 2018


A new programme from Arts Council England, “+Developing your Creative Practice” has been designed to support the development of independent creative practioners working in dance, theatre, music, visual arts, literature, combined arts or museums practice.

The aim is to offer practitioners the time and space to work on ambitious and innovative research and development opportunities to make a step-change in their practice. Arts Council England is looking for exciting, ambitious proposals that allow applicants to take that important next step in the way they make their work.

Applicants are encouraged to consider their long term needs and proposals can cover creative research and development or building skills through international exchange. Examples might include:

• Creative media and the wider creative industries e.g. film or audio, design or gaming

• Technology, including digital technology e.g. virtual reality or live-streaming

• Other non-arts organisations or settings e.g. residential-care providers, or a science organisation

• Other non-arts cultural forms or sectors e.g. health and wellbeing, social inclusion, heritage or sport This fund is only open to individuals over the age of 18 years who:

• Are living and working in England

• Have three years’ creative practice experience outside a formal education context

• Are working in Arts Council England’s supported disciplines i.e. they will be dancers, choreographers, writers, translators, producers, publishers, editors, musicians, conductors, composers, actors, directors, designers, artists, craft makers, and curators.

Awards of £2, 000 - £10, 000 (from a total pot of £3.6 million per year) are made through quarterly rounds.

Funded project activities can last up to one year. Round 1 is now open for applications and closes on 16th May 2018.

For further information or to check eligibility contact Arts Council England by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0845 300 6200).

Useful Documents: Application Guidelines

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