Cultural Commissioning Ready Workshop 13 December 2018 – funding streams released

Article date
4 December 2018
Primary interest
Funding and Fundraising

Reading, Place of Culture invites voluntary sector organisations, cultural and arts groups to attend to attend a ‘Cultural Commissioning Ready’ workshop on Thursday 13 December, 11am – 1pm in the RVA Training Room, Third Floor, Reading Central Library.

What is ‘Cultural Commissioning’?

The Reading Cultural Commissioning programme, launched in 2018, aims to mainstream the commissioning of cultural activities for social outcomes. RBC is looking to fund cross-sector partnership projects that will use the arts, culture and heritage to improve life chances, health, well-being and quality of life of Reading residents and communities. There is a particular focus on addressing the needs of local people, particularly those who are excluded and less likely to access cultural opportunities.

In January 2019, the second cycle of funding will be launched. A further three funds will be available. This funding is a chance for cultural and arts organisations to work in partnership with public services and the voluntary and community sector.

Year 2 Funding Strands will be:
1. Elderly Care – £15,000

Arts, culture and heritage programmes to work with older people, particularly those with long term conditions and in areas of higher deprivation.

2. Mental Health & Well-Being – £30,000 (funded in partnership with BCF)

Using arts, culture and heritage for early intervention, prevention, coping or self-management for mental health conditions and positive wellbeing.

3. Short Breaks – £15,000 (TBC £30,000) (funded in partnership with RBC Children, Education & Early Help Services)

Extending the range of cultural Short Breaks (enjoyable experiences away from primary carer) provided to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities

Year 2 Commissioning Timeline:

•January 2019: open for tenders (In-Tend)
•March 2019: deadline for stage 1, successful applicants notified for stage 2
•May 2019: Deadline for Stage 2 applications
•May 2019: Final appointing and contracting

Find out more – Cultural Commissioning Reading Workshop 13 Dec, 11am – 1pm

This workshop will:

  • Provide an overview of the RBC commissioning process for this funding
  • Highlight the types of specification questions asked last year
  • Provide examples of best practice from Year 1
  • Provide a breakdown of definitions
  • Offer practical skills for the Intend System
  • Outline the support that is available through RVA

Please book your place in advance through the link below. There is no charge. Places are restricted to one person per organisation to enable as many organisations to attend as possible.