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Creative Civic Change

Creative Civic Change is a new programme to help you make positive change in your community using the arts and creativity.

July 2018

We are looking to support at least 10 communities across England who are using the arts and creativity to make positive social change in their local areas. We are currently in the first phase of the programme, the ‘community call out’ phase, in which we are asking communities to express an interest in being part of the programme’s next phase - the development phase.

We will be accepting expressions of interest until 28th September 2018, after which we will select at least 10 communities to work with, helping them to develop their ideas and local plans and decide what support and funding they would need to deliver these (between £50,000 and £300,000 in each local community).

The final ‘programme delivery’ phase will start in February 2019. This will be the point at which some or all of the communities we have worked with will receive funding to deliver their plans locally.

We are interested in sharing experiences and learning from the programme to inspire others to use the arts and creativity to make positive change.

The programme is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and Local Trust.

There is more information on the programme in the FAQ's, briefing document and sections below. You can also contact us us with your questions and to find out how we can help with this process.

Who is the programme for

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During this development phase we are looking to work with at least 10 communities across England. Some will already be part of the Big Local programme. Some won’t be but will share similar needs and characteristics to Big Local areas (having been overlooked in the past and facing a range of issues).

We want to support communities who are using the arts and creativity to make positive social change in their areas, so it is likely that successful applications to join this development phase will come from locally-based community groups or organsations. By this we mean groups that are constituted or organised in some way (e.g. by a committee) and are working to deliver local public or community benefits (e.g. a residents’ committee, a club or an association).

Creative Civic Change is open to local and hyperlocal communities. This refers to an area smaller than a local authority, which could be anything from a few streets or part of an estate, to a neighbourhood or a cluster of villages.

In your area you will have people who are committed to using the arts and creativity to engage people and to make positive change locally. We want to know how you think about the arts and creativity and what you might include, such as: knitting, singing, drama, dancing, pottery, sewing, writing stories or poems, storytelling, making jewellery, animation, making music, coding, photography (including Instagramming), woodcraft, gardening, cake decorating, film making, community radio, putting on festivals, parades and much more.

We want to help you use any or all of these activities - and the many others not listed here - to achieve your vision for your community. That could mean bringing people together; building connections; improving your local environment; or expressing the pride you have locally and your hopes for the future. In short, we want local communities to take the lead and for you to tell us what your priorities are, so we can support you as you plan and work to achieve them creatively.

There is more information on the programme in the briefing document and FAQs. You can also contact us us with your questions and to find out how we can help with this process.

Get inspired - videos

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Newington Big Local and People United: A light in the darkness

Cara Thorpe from Newington Big Local and Tom Andrews founder of People United share their journey to establish arts and creativity in the community, and how it couldn't have happened without taking the time to work with the residents, find out what they wanted to develop something amazing that brings people from all walks of life together.

Creative Barking & Dagenham and Creative People and Places: Building cultural connections

Lindsey Pugh, Executive Creative Producer at Creative Barking & Dagenham shares how and why the arts grew to have a place in their community; Sharlene Carter explains her role as a Cultural Connector - a resident of Barking & Dagenham that runs her own programmes for young people and helps to coordinate some of the biggest cultural events in the area.

Programme stages

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There are three key stages to the programme:

  1. Community call out (until 28th Sept 2018)
  2. Development phase (autumn 2018/spring 2019)
  3. Programme delivery (spring 2019 and for up to three years)

1 Community call out

At this stage, we are asking if you want to get involved – this means sending us some information by filling in a short form or sending us a short video/ audio recording. We can help you to do this – see the sections below and contact us. We need this information to reach us by 28th Sept 2018.

2 Development phase

After the deadline, we will select some communities to work with us from autumn 2018 onwards. To do this we will probably want a range of different types of local communities addressing different issues, taking a variety of approaches, communities spread across England, and so on. We expect to get more applications than there are spaces on the programme. For any communities that are not selected, we will consider what else we might be able to offer, and how to let you know what we are learning through the programme once started.

We really want to work together with the selected local areas, during autumn 2018/spring 2019. This will be as part of a funded and supported process of local creative workshops, conversations, surveys, and more. By doing this we are aiming to:

  • Support you to develop your ideas and local plans
  • Decide together what support you would need to deliver these, including funding but also inspiration, advice and guidance, etc

3 Programme delivery

Once these plans are all worked up and agreed, communities will begin to deliver their plans locally – from spring 2019 and for up to three years. We are also interested in sharing experiences and learning from the programme to inspire others to use the arts and creativity to make positive change.

We think it is possible that not all communities that participate in the second phase will come through to the delivery phase. If that is the case, we will consider what else we might be able to offer, and how to share what we are learning through the programme once started.

There is more information on the programme in the briefing document and FAQs. You can also contact us us with your questions and to find out how we can help with this process.

How to get involved

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If you would like to apply to get involved in the development stage of the programme, which will run from October 2018 to the start of February 2019, then at this stage we are asking for some information to be sent to us by 28th Sept 2018.

1.) First we ask that you answer some yes/no questions to check you are eligible to apply. Download eligibility checker.

2.) If you have been able to answer YES to all of the questions on the eligibility checker then please continue to fill in an expression of interest form. This will ask for your contact details, some information about your local area and answers to some questions about the sorts of things you’ve already done locally and what you might want to achieve.

Please print the form, fill it in and sign it manually, then scan it onto your computer (or photograph it with your phone) to send as an email attachment to ccc@localtrust.org.uk.  

More information on submitting an expression of interest form can be found here.

3) We know that people tend not to like filling in forms so we are offering alternatives:

  • You can submit a short video or audio recording and sending that instead. We have some tips and guidance on how to do that.

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  • You can email ccc@localtrust.org.uk or phone 020 3588 0564 to book a conversation and we can fill the form in for you by talking through your answers to the questions.

More information on submitting an video or audio recording can be found here.

The deadline for us receiving the information requested in this form is 28th September 2018. We will let you know in October about whether you have been successful in progressing to the development phase of the programme.

There is more information on the programme in the briefing document and FAQs. You can also contact us with your questions and to find out how we can help with this process, either by email at ccc@localtrust.org.uk or phone 020 3588 0564.

Frequently asked questions

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We have tried to think about the questions you might have about this programme and give some answers in this FAQ. We will update it from time to time and based on the queries we receive before the deadline of 28th Sept 2018.

Download FAQ


There is more info on the programme in the briefing document. You can also contact us us with your questions and to find out how we can help with this process.

Contact information

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Programme co-ordinator

Phone: 020 3588 0564
Email: ccc@localtrust.org.uk

There is more information on the programme in the briefing document and FAQs.

About the partners

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The Big Lottery Fund, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) and Local Trust are working in partnership with at least 10 communities to deliver Creative Civic Change in 2018-19. The partnership will support communities to lead arts and creative projects that realise their own visions for their areas. The organisations share the belief that arts and creativity can be harnessed to engage, inspire and mobilise communities, and together they want to showcase the difference creativity and imagination can make, particularly in places which are often depicted negatively in the media.

All documents

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Click on the links below to download the relevant document.

For further information e-mail us at ccc@localtrust.org.uk or call on 020 3588 0564.

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