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Funding for Capital Projects in Secondary Schools and Sixth Form Colleges

From the 1st December 2019, secondary schools and colleges that have reached a level of excellence will be eligible to apply for a grant of up to £50,000 towards 50% of the cost of capital projects.

Sixth form colleges are eligible to apply for up to £100,000. A total of around £1.75 million will be allocated each year to new build, refurbishment or equipment projects related to the teaching of science and technology or information or communications technology directly related to learning for projects involving libraries, languages, music or the arts.

The funding will be made available through the Wolfson Foundation’s Secondary Education Programme.

The closing date for applications will be the 10th January 2020.

For more information click here.

Funding for Artists to Develop their Artistic Practice

The next funding round of the Arts Council England’s Developing your Creative Practice programme has re-opened for applications.

Arts Council England is looking for exciting, ambitious proposals that allow applicants to take that important next step in the way they make their work. Applicants are encouraged to consider their long-term needs and proposals can cover creative research and development or building skills through international exchange.

Examples might include:

  • Creative media and the wider creative industries e.g. film or audio, design or gaming
  • Technology, including digital technology e.g. virtual reality or live streaming
  • Other non-arts organisations or settings e.g. residential-care providers, or a science organisation
  • Other non-arts cultural forms or sectors e.g. health and wellbeing, social inclusion, heritage or sport

This fund is only open to individuals over the age of 18 years who:

  • Are living and working in England
  • Have three years’ creative practice experience outside a formal education context
  • Are working in Arts Council England’s supported disciplines i.e. they will be dancers, choreographers, writers, translators, producers, publishers, editors, musicians, conductors, composers, actors, directors, designers, artists, craft makers, and curators.

Awards of £2, 000 – £10,000 (from a total pot of £3.6 million per year) are made through quarterly rounds. Funded project activities can last up to one year.

The closing date for applications is 12 pm on the 14th November 2019.

For further information or to check eligibility contact Arts Council England by email or phone 0845 300 6200).

Useful Links:

Application Guidelines can be found by clicking here.

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The Marsh Charitable Trust – Running Costs for Small Charities

The Marsh Christian Trust was founded in 1981 with the sum of £75,000 by its current Chairman, Mr Brian Marsh OBE.  His aim was to create a sustainable way to give something back to society by supporting organisations and people who are making a difference.

The Trust supports around 300 charities every year and focuses on providing funding which could help small organisations pay for various running costs, such as volunteer expenses, training days, equipment maintenance and other core outgoings. The Trust aims to build long-standing relationships with successful applicants and, subject to an annual review, continue its support over time.

Applicants must be a registered charity with the Charity Commission for England and Wales or the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. This does not include Community Interest Companies (CICs). Charities will be working in the areas of:

  • Arts and heritage
  • Social welfare
  • Environmental causes and animal welfare
  • Education and training
  • Healthcare

Charities must have been established for more than one financial year and able to provide a full set of their most recent Annual Report and Accounts, or the equivalent financial information if their annual income is under £25,000.

Grants are unrestricted and range from £300 to £2,000 with new applications at the lower end of this scale.

Applications are considered on the basis of the organisation’s financial position, performance against charitable aims and objectives and the ratio of voluntary income against fundraising expenses.
Applications can be submitted at any time.

For more information click here.

Arts Council England Surgery Sessions

We are pleased to invite you to the Arts Council England surgery sessions, on how to apply for Arts Council grants. Attendees will be given valuable insight and advice into the application process for Arts Council grants. It’s also an opportunity to network with groups and organisations who are looking to deliver creative activity in Sandwell.

The two sessions will contain a presentation on applying for Project Grants from Arts Council England and there’s the opportunity to book a one to one session with the Arts Council representative where you will be able to discuss project ideas, receive advice into funding bids and much more.

Surgery details are below where you can click onto the appropriate link to book your place.

Surgery Session 1: Thursday 26th September 2019, 9.30am till 12.30pm at SCVO’s Offices, 1st Floor Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER.

Click here to book onto the session.

Surgery Session 2: Thursday 26th September 2019, 1.30pm till 4pm at SCVO’s Offices, 1st Floor Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER.

Click here to book onto the session.

These sessions are free for Sandwell voluntary and community sector groups and groups whose main beneficiaries live in Sandwell (subject to attendance).

There is a maximum of 25 places available for each surgery session. Please book two tickets only per organisation. All places must be booked through Eventbrite by clicking on the above links for either of the sessions.

Apply for a Funny Things Artist Commission

Funny Things are seeking to commission artists (open to all art forms) to collaborate with us and the communities we are working with, to make Wolves laugh with Funny Things 2019.

Creative Black Country is one of Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places projects, which aims to create interesting experiences that tell The Black Country Story and shine a light on the artistic and cultural landscape of the region.

Funny Things is one of our landmark commissions. After the huge success of the first comedy festival in Wolverhampton in 2017, we want to make Funny Things 2019 an even bigger laugh.

The main drive for the festival is to create opportunities for the local community to participate and have a laugh. They want to design an engaging and exciting programme that will reach a diverse audience from all backgrounds, ages and interests.

Funny Things 2019 will build on the success of the first festival in 2017 with a diverse programme that will include:

·         Artist commissions – 1 up to £10,000 and 1 up to £3000

·         Funny Things Gala Event – 3 of the biggest names in comedy (venue tbc)

·         Special events in partnership with Wolverhampton venues and regional organisations, including Flatpack and Centrala

·         Children and family programme

·         Workshops, including stand-up comedy, improvisation and cartoon drawing

·         Stand-up comedy pub programme at The Lych Gate Tavern and The Giffard

The Commissions
We would like to commission professional artists from any art form to create a series of events, installations or participatory activity that engages and involves local people. We are not looking for stand-up comedy, we are looking for unconventional funny things that create and explore humour through art, performance and creativity.

You must have established or strong links to the region and experience in developing works with community driven stories.

The commissions will be based in the Black Country and you will be required to research and develop the ideas in the area with the local community.

The commissions will form part of the wider festival and the work will feature as part of the Funny Things festival programme.

We would like the artists to work over a period of eight months between April and November 2019, to research, develop and deliver. The main focus of the delivery or sharing of the work will be during the festival, 26th October – 2nd November 2019.

We are open to receiving proposals from individuals, joint applications, collectives of artists or organisations.

We are offering two levels of commission.

Up to £3000 and up to £10,000

These fees will be negotiable depending on experience and the proposal.

What we are looking for

We are interested in receiving proposals that:

·         Involve local people (from Wolverhampton and surrounding areas) in the creation and delivery of the commission

·         Propose a new idea or project that will be created specifically for the festival

·         Celebrate the diversity of Wolverhampton and the Black Country

·         Have considered accessibility as part of the project

·         Will be delivered by a professional artist, creative practitioner, curator or other arts professional with a track record

We will also be programming events and activities for a range of audiences and venues. If you have an existing performance, artwork or activity that you would like to propose for the festival programme please send details to Jenny Smith at detailing what you are proposing.

CBC will also welcome applications to the Open Access fund for activities that could be part of the festival. For further information go to:

Further information: If you have any enquiries please call Jenny Smith on 07967 187822 during working hours or email

How to apply for the artist commissions:

To apply, please send a short proposal outlining:

·         Your artistic practice

·         Why you think you are right for this project

·         How you might approach this commission and potential outcomes

·         Budget (indicating the level of commission you are applying for)

·         Examples of your work

·         Enclose your CV /LinkedIn profile /a website or ready-made showreel – whatever is easiest and quickest for you to show track record

·         Be brief – no more than 4 pages

Deadline for proposals is Friday 16th November 2018

Send Applications to: Project Administrator, Creative Black Country


Post: 1st Floor Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8EX


Creative Communities – Connecting people and places

What’s it all about? Creative Black Country is looking to work with communities in Walsall, Wolverhampton and Sandwell to explore, participate and develop creative projects in the places where they live.

Creative Communities is a 3-year development programme that will help you to connect with artists, arts organisations and spaces (museums, theatres, fab labs). Creative Black Country will work with you to experiment and trial different activities, then build your ability to fundraise, programme and promote exciting cultural experiences in your community.

You will receive up to 14 days of pre-paid support from a highly experienced Arts Advisor. Arts Advisors work with you to explore creative opportunities, see great work and trial new ideas. A £2,400 kitty will be made available for each new Creative Communities group to support activity over 6 – 12 months.

Click here for more information about the programme. Contact CBC on 0121 525 1127 |

Applications will be open until the 1st June, 2018.

Grants to Help New, Innovative Visual Arts Projects (UK)

The Elephant Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects. It aims to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when confronted by lack of funds.

The Trust supports projects that develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts. Priority is given to artists and small organisations and galleries making or producing new work or exhibitions.

The Trust normally awards grants of up to £2,000, but with the recent addition of the Shelagh Wakely Bequest some larger grants of up to £5,000 may be awarded. Priority is given to artists in the fine arts and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions.

The Elephant Trust has announced the next deadline for applications is the 15th January 2018.

For more information and to apply click here.

Arts Council – Celebrating Age Funding

Supporting cultural spaces and other organisations to be open, positive and welcoming places for older people; and taking high quality arts and culture into places where older people will find it easier to engage.

Grant Range:
£50,000 – £100,000

Applicants must be working in partnership in a consortium with one lead organisation. To be eligible to apply, the lead applicant needs to be Arts Council funded, or have presented work to the public through one of our programmes. More information can be found in the Guidance for Applicants.

Key dates:
Expressions of Interest must be submitted by 12pm (midday) on Thursday 31 August 2017.
The Arts Council will inform you by 19 September 2017 whether or not you have been invited to make an application.

The online application form will open on Grantium at 12pm (midday) on Thursday 21 September 2017.
Applications must be submitted by 12pm (midday) on Thursday 16 November 2017.
The Arts Council  aim to notify applicants of our decision no later than 21 March 2018.

For further information, please click here.

Open Access Round 8 Open!

The Open Access Award supports activities that build audiences and promote artistic excellence in the Black Country. Whether you’re a professional artist, performer or community group who have never experienced an arts activity before, this could be for you.

Open Access is open to individuals, groups and organisations to apply but project activity must take place within Sandwell, Walsall or Wolverhampton. Open Access is a flexible award to support the seed of a great idea through to the growth of a great project. If it builds audiences, connects local people with professional artists and brings great performance, art and creativity to the Black Country, open access could help you make it happen.

There are three levels of awards:
Seed (up to £500)
Grassroots (up to £2,000)
Growth (up to £4,000)

Deadline for applications is Friday 21 April at 5pm.

Creative Black Country has two exciting Landmark projects in the pipeline for this year and we’re looking for Open Access applications which can align activity with upcoming Landmark events.

Funny Things 
A celebration of Black Country humour and comedy. We are currently developing a comedy festival in Wolverhampton which will take place from mid October to early November 2017. You can programme events, create events or develop some activity related to comedy as part of the festival. Please contact Funny Things Producer Jenny Smith at if you would like more information or discuss an idea.

For more information on this opportunity click here.



The Saintbury Trust

The Saintbury Trust is a medium-sized grant-making registered charity which seeks to help charities in its geographical area of the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and North Gloucestershire (please see Eligibility for further details).  A major part of its interest is in Birmingham itself and around Worcester.

The Trust will only accept applications for grants from registered charities that are both based and operate (wholly or mainly) within its geographical area.  For our purposes, a charity is “based” where its main office is located or where its principal activity is performed (and often a combination of the two).

The Trust’s interests are wide-ranging. But the trustees have a particular interest in:
• the arts
• heritage
• the environment
• helping those with disabilities.

The majority of the grants awarded are either £1,000 or £2,000. Relatively few exceed £5,000.  Larger grants tend to be awarded to charities of which the trustees (or at least one of them) have special knowledge or in the work of which they have a particular interest.

The trustees meet twice a year to consider applications, once in the Spring – usually April or May – and once in the Autumn – usually October or November.

The usual closing dates for our receipt of applications for the Spring and Autumn meetings are 28 February and 30 September respectively.

For more information and an application form please click here.

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