Reading, Place of Culture – funding available

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Funding and Fundraising

Reading Borough Council is inviting arts, culture, heritage and voluntary groups to bid for funding based on how they can help improve the quality of life of Reading residents.

Three pots of £15k are available for arts, culture and/or heritage community programmes to run activities over 12 months, with the aim of engaging local people, particularly those less likely to access cultural opportunities, and where engagement could have a significant positive impact on their wellbeing.

Organisations must bid for the full £15k but can work collaboratively together with other groups.

Examples of the kind of activities that might be funded:

  • Encouraging better physical and mental wellbeing: music programmes to aid stroke recovery; dance classes for older people or drumming workshops supporting mental health recovery.
  • Improving educational attainment and skills development: creative writing with children to increase literacy; music sessions for young people with autism to improve social interaction or event production with young people not in employment, education or training, to gain employability skills.
  • Fostering social cohesion: community groups creating public art; intergenerational photography programmes between schools and care homes, or storytelling projects on local council estates.

Successful bidders must work with one or more of the target priority groups identified, such as younger or older age groups, those suffering from poor health, physical or learning disabilities, people experiencing homelessness or those living in areas of deprivation or isolation. Bids must be in partnership, with professionals from the arts, culture or heritage sectors working with those from the community or voluntary sector.

The fund is part of ‘Reading, Place of Culture’, supported by the Great Place Scheme, which is funded thanks to National Lottery players and the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Historic England. This is the launch of a pilot year for the scheme which will be further developed during a three year period, running to 2020.

Further information about the application process