Creative Civic Change
Thank you to everyone who responded to our call out for Creative Civic Change - we have been inspired by all the communities embracing arts and creativity across the country.
We have now selected 16 communities who are using the arts and creativity to make positive changes in their local areas, and we will be announcing these in May 2019.
Creative Civic Change is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Local Trust. Created in response to the Inquiry into the Civic Role of the Arts, the programme brings £4m of new funding to communities and supports residents to use the power of creativity and arts to achieve goals that they define.
Communities in the lead
Whether local priorities are social, economic or environmental, the programme will help communities respond in creative ways. In addition to grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 per area, there is substantial and inspiring support available throughout the three-year programme. This includes mentoring, coaching, skills development, peer-to-peer support, networking to help communities achieve the changes they set out to make.
All 16 communities are currently going through a supported development phase. This will enable communities to challenge the ideas set out in their expression of interest and develop them into fully deliverable creative project plans. The successful community groups will be announced when funding decisions have been made in May 2019.