New Programme Launched to Use the Arts to Bring About Positive Change in Communities (England)

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has announced the launch of Creative Civic Change.

This is a new fund which will enable people to use arts and creativity to make positive changes in their community.

Creative Civic Change is open to areas will provide funding of between £50,000 and £300,000 as well as other support, like advice and mentoring, to at least 10 local areas in England over the next three years.

The new Programme is most interested in local communities in England which have often been overlooked for funding in the past, and may face some or all of these issues: • The decline of local industry

• High levels of unemployment

• A pressing need for services or activities

• A high proportion of children in poverty

• People in the area in poor health relative to the general population

• Or other characteristics that demonstrate need.

Local communities can mean anything from a few streets or part of an estate, to a neighbourhood or a cluster of villages (must be areas smaller than a local authority). This new programme is a collaboration between the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Big Lottery Fund and Local Trust.

Expressions of interest in Creative Civic Change are now open and must be submitted by the 28th September 2018.

Useful Links: Briefing Document Frequently Asked Questions http://localtrust.org.uk/our-work/creative-civic-change/

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