Cultural Commissioning Year 3 Categories announced

Article date
19 August 2019
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

Arts, culture, heritage and voluntary groups are being invited to bid for funding for the third year running, based on how they can help improve the quality of life of Reading residents.

Two pots of £20K and one pot of £30K are available for arts, culture and/or heritage community programmes to run activities over 12 months, with the aim of engaging local people in order to have a significant positive impact on their well-being.

This is the third year of a three year project running to 2020. Successful bidders must work with one or more of the target priority groups identified.

Funds are available for arts, culture or heritage projects that help:
  • Older People at risk of loneliness and social isolation: £20K co-funded by Berkshire Community Foundation. Projects must use arts, culture or heritage activities to combat loneliness and social isolation for older people who face the greatest barriers to engagement in the community and in the arts.
  • Creative employment: £30K match funded by Brighter Futures for Children, for creative projects working with young people who are not in education, employment or training, with a focus on particular provision for young people with autistic spectrum disorders and/or special educational needs and disabilities. Projects must provide meaningful work experience within a creative industry.
  • Women at risk: £20K co-funded by Berkshire Community Foundation, for projects that deliver high quality cultural and creative activities for disadvantaged women, in particular those who are at risk of modern slavery, exploitation, domestic violence and abuse, sexual assault and social isolation.

The purpose of the fund is to enable arts, culture and heritage organisations to change how they work with the voluntary, community sectors and public services, to collaboratively contribute to meeting local social objectives. Therefore applications will be accepted from a partnership between an arts group and a local community group working together.

Reading, Place of Culture funding is part of the Great Place Scheme, which is funded by the Arts Council, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England.

Further information
  • To apply for this fund, organisations must be registered with InTend, the Council’s electronic tendering portal.
  • The funds will go live for applications around mid to late September.
  • Proposals must be for the full amount available.
  • If you have any questions please contact Lara Stavrinou: Lara.Stavrinou@reading.gov.uk.
  • Read the RBC press release.