07 Oct 2016

Leisure, Arts, Culture and Events

Creative Seed Fund and Community Festival and Events Applications Open

Creative projects in Bristol are being encouraged to apply for two funding opportunities being offered by Bristol City Council.

The annual Creative Seed and Community Festival & Event funds are aimed at supporting Bristol based projects, festivals and events that engage the city’s diverse communities, and support community celebration.

The application window for the 2017/18 round of funds is open and runs until Monday 21 November.

The amount of funding available via each pot is capped at a maximum £3000 if applying for the Creative Seed Fund or £2000 if opting for the Community Festival and Event Fund. Organisations or groups applying for funding can only apply for one or the other.

Those applying for funding will need to evidence a number of criteria to be eligible. The focus of the Creative Seed Fund is to support projects that are aimed at and are accessible to a wide range of audiences and develop collaboration between communities, and organisations.

The Community Festival & Events Fund is provided to support activities that celebrate community and engage diverse audiences. Projects applying for this fund should note that it is aimed at supporting festivals and events taking place in areas where there is little or no similar events or in the parts of the city where there is little cultural activity.

In the 2016/17 round of funding the Council provided support to a diverse range of 30 organisations and projects via these funds. 

One of the projects supported has been the Travelling Light Theatre Company who are using their funding collaboratively with Dragon Bird Theatre to spark imaginations of young children, hard to reach communities and those with English as a second language by sharing an immersive short performance followed by multisensory play. The project has been very successful in getting new members of the community involved and accessing children care services.

Another project already underway is Unlocked by All Day Breakfast. Unlocked is based within Glenside Hospital Museum and aims to engage audiences through art in discussions on contemporary views of mental health.  The project will culminate in a public exhibition in November.

Councillor Estella Tincknell, Deputy Mayor with responsibility for Arts and Culture, said: “Bristol is renowned for a world class culture scene that’s central to our strong local economy. Supporting our flourishing cultural sector is important and one of the ways we can do this is by providing funding via grants. I would like to encourage groups and individuals from across the city to consider the application criteria and how they can deliver activities that attract a diverse range of audiences. Our Arts Development team are on hand to answer any questions you may have and there is a wealth of information available online to help guide your application.”

Bristol City Council’s Arts and Events Team are accepting applications for Bristol based projects happening between April 2017 and March 2018.

For more information please visit www.BCCAD.wordpress.com or follow the Arts Development team on Twitter @BristolArtsDev.