Arts Activities Commissioning
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PLEASE NOTE: OUR COMMISSIONING ROUNDS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR 2013 - 2014. New funding rounds are due to be announced in February/ March 2014. Please contact us nearer the time for more details or ring the number below to be included on our mailing list.
In 2013-14 we invited proposals for activities which contribute to the following objectives:
- Providing opportunities for Birmingham residents to participate in high quality arts activities in local neighbourhoods
- Providing opportunities for improving Birmingham’s reputation as a visitor destination and strengthening international partnerships, trade & investment
- Provide opportunities for children and young people to develop their creativity, leadership skills, knowledge and understanding of the arts under our Creative Future framework
In order to meet these objectives, we are offering grant funding to arts projects under three schemes:
- Culture on Your Doorstep (COYD) – for activities in local neighbourhoods – see appendix 1 for more information about these
- Great International City (GIC) – for activities which improve Birmingham’s reputation as a visitor destination and strengthen international partnerships, trade & investment
- Next Generation (NG) – for activities for 0-19s in Birmingham (or up to age 24 for those with a physical or learning disability)
Applying for Arts Activity Commissioning
To apply for a grant, you will need to carefully read the information in the Arts Commissioning Prospectus and complete the Arts Commissioning application form, proposal and budget.
We strongly advise that you contact us before you apply to discuss your proposed project. We recommend that you arrange an advice surgery with a Culture Officer to discuss your proposal, particularly if you have not had a grant from us before.
For useful information in supporting your application, including priority neighbourhoods, please click here Advice and Guidance.
For templates and guidance for the supporting policies and procedures we require, please click here Policies and Procedures.
For a list of alternative funding streams and artist resources click here Resources & Funding for Artists and Arts Organisations.
Previous Project Grant Awards
We have commissioned some excellent work from over the past two years. To see the summaries of what we have supported click on the attachments below:
The application process for Arts Activities grants follows the process outlined in BCC’s Grants Management System which was implemented in April 2011. You can find out more about the Grants Management System from the Grant Funding Toolkit which can be downloaded from www.birmingham.gov.uk/grantfunding.
Accessible formats and communication support
We are committed to being accessible, and want to make our arts activities commissioning process open to everyone.
• Alternative formats of our commissioning documents can be made available on request. These include other languages, large print, Braille and audio versions.
• If you are disabled, have learning difficulties, or are affected by an impairment such as dyslexia and require communication support we can help you to complete the application form and develop policies/procedures.
Please tell us about your access requirements so we can assist you during the application process. If you are successful we can also offer support as part of the monitoring process.
Application forms must be signed by hand. However, if a disabled person finds it difficult to do so, we will accept their usual signing method.
Birmingham City Council Culture Commissioning Service manages this commissioning process and can be contacted Monday - Friday 10am to 4pm.
T: 0121 303 2434