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Arts Activities Commissioning

Copyright Obtained from the Hippodrome Photographer Paul Machacek

Hipprodrome Voyage

PLEASE NOTE: There are two separate application packs for the 'Culture on Your Doorstep' and 'Next Generation' funding streams this year. We are running a 'Small Grants' scheme under both strands for third sector arts organisations who have been running for less than a year. Please check the application packs for more details or contact the team to be added to our mailing list.

In 2014-2015 we are inviting proposals for activities which contribute to the following objectives:

  • Providing opportunities for Birmingham residents to participate in high quality arts activities in local neighbourhoods
  • 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 two schemes* inclusive of Small Grants fund:

  • Culture on Your Doorstep (COYD) – for activities in local neighbourhoods that encourage positive partnerships with local community groups and celebrate Birmingham's rich cultural diversity for residents to participate in arts in priority neighbourhoods.
  • Small Grants Fund - Under this fund, we offer grants of between £1,000 to £3,000 to new arts organisations to run Culture on Your Doorstep activities.
  • Next Generation (NG) – for activities for 0-19s in Birmingham (or up to age 24 for those with a physical or learning disability)

PLEASE NOTE: We are not offering funding under the Great International Cities scheme this year.

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.

Culture on Your Doorstep closing date:

  • Friday 5th September 2014 (activities must be completed by June 30th 2015)

Next Generation Closing Dates:

  • Monday 23rd June 2014 (activities must be completed by March 31st 2015)
  • Monday 3rd November 2014 (activities must be completed by June 30th 2015)


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. Please state whether you have any accessibility requirements at booking stage.

For templates and guidance for the supporting policies and procedures we require, please click here Policies and Procedures.

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

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:

attached document Project Grant Summaries 2011 - 12

attached document Project Grant Summaries 2012 - 13

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

E:arts.team@birmingham.gov.uk

W: www.birmingham.gov.uk/arts