Arts Activities Commissioning
During 2015-16 we are inviting proposals for activities which will enable more Birmingham residents to take part in high quality arts activities in their local neighbourhood, particularly people who have not taken part in this type of activity before.
In order to achieve this aim, we are offering grant funding to arts projects through two funding stream; Culture on Your Doorstep (COYD) and Next Generation (NG).
Culture on Your Doorstep (COYD)
Through COYD Commissioning we want to support arts activities, led by professional artists, which give Birmingham residents aged 19 and over the opportunity to take part as Audiences, Participants, Creators and Leaders:
• Activities must take place in Priority Neighbourhoods
• Activities should explore, celebrate and share the cultural heritage of the neighbourhood you are working with – we particularly welcome applications for activities which take place during Birmingham’s Heritage Week 10th to 17th September 2015
Next Generation (NG)
Our overall aim for Next Generation is that we want more children and young people in Birmingham taking part in high quality arts activities as audiences, participants, creators and leaders.
We want to support arts activities, led by professional artists, which give Birmingham residents aged 0-25* the opportunity to take part as audiences, participants, creators and leaders.
These are the types of activity we can support through NG:
Arts activities which give children and young people the opportunity to participate and showcase their work in their own local neighbourhood
Arts activities targeted at young people not in employment, education or training (NEET), offering opportunity for further learning, career progression and employability skills
Arts activities targeted at children and young people with additional needs, including learning and physical disabilities
Arts activities targeted at children and young people with identified talent.
Application pack and application form for both schemes is attached below:
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Applying for Arts Activity Commissioning
To apply for a grant, you will need to carefully read the information in the Arts Activities Commissioning Application Pack and COYD Brief before completing the Arts Activities application form.
We strongly recommend that all applicants arrange an advice surgery with a member of the team before applying for funding. If you have not had funding from us before, we will not accept an application unless you have had an advice surgery first.
If you have any accessibility requirements please let us know when booking an advice surgery.
Policies and Procedures
For guidance on the supporting policies and procedures we require, please visit our Policies & Procedures page or contact us directly.
To find out if a venue/location is within a priority neighbourhood you can use the postcode checker on the top left hand corner of the Be Birmingham web site.
The following maps may also be of assistance.
If you are not eligible for our funding, you may want to check our Resources & Funding for Artists and Arts Organisations page to see whether you can apply for any other funding.
Previous Project Grant Awards
To see some of the excellent work we have previously commissioned click on the attachments below:
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.
The application form 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
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