Community Arts Fund
Staffordshire County Council’s Community
Arts Fund helps to support Staffordshire’s communities in their access to a wide range
of cultural activities.
In 2014-15 we are inviting proposals for activities which contribute to the following outcomes for local people to;
Be able to access better jobs and feel the benefits of economic growth, be healthier and more independent, feel safer, happier and more supported in and by their community.
In order to meet these outcomes, we are offering funding under the following 2 schemes;
Community Arts Fund
Applications of up to £800 are welcome to run an arts activity or event which benefits the community, widens participation and promotes accessibility.
Community Arts Development Programme
This fund is open to applications of up to £2500 to develop strategic arts projects with a focus on community engagement, cohesion and sustainability.
Community Arts Development Programme Brief
(Development Programme funding is now closed for 2014-15)
Before you apply
The Guidelines and Application form are the same for both funding schemes.
Please read them thoroughly before you apply.
Please read all the questions before filling out the form.
Please use the checklist at the end of the Application form to ensure you have included all the relevant additional information as outlined in the Guidelines.
The file format for any additional information should be in Word, PDF or JPEG for images.
When to apply
Activities must take place or commence before 31st March 2015
Community Arts Fund
Deadline for application *extended to 20th February 2015*
Community Arts Development Fund
Deadline for application 30th April 2014
Your application can take up to 6 weeks to process. It is important that you allow for this time when planning the timescale for your project activity.
It is a condition of the grant that an evaluation form is completed in full and submitted no later than 6 weeks after the event has taken place.
Your evaluation tells us who was involved, what happened during and following your project, what you and your participants learned, and whether the arts fund process was a success.
We will process the information you give us for statistical purposes which will tell us the overall effect of the Community Arts Fund.
We may also use your report to showcase funded projects on our website.
Evaluation Report Form
Please 'like' us on our Arts Connected facebook page and post information about your project to help us promote the arts fund and showcase arts activities taking place across Staffordshire.
If your application is successful, it is a condition of the fund to include the County Council logo on all publicity and promotional material.
To download a copy of logo please visit the Branding and Logo web pages.
Write a News Release
Publicity is an important part of your project. It not only tells people all about your new initiative, but it also helps them to understand how the community will benefit.
Below is a simple template for writing a news release and some useful media tips.
New Release Template
Media Hints & Tips
We have put together a google map which shows Artists, Arts and Community Organisations across Staffordshire whom we have worked with in partnership, feature in the Creative Directory or have been supported through Staffordshire County Council's Community Arts Fund.
You may find it useful to find different community groups we have funded and the types of arts organisations working in your area and across Staffordshire.
Please click on the link below to view the map:
Arts Connected Staffordshire Map
If you would like to discuss your project or require any documents by post or in another language or format, please contact us. Application forms and any supporting information can be sent by post or email to:
Tracie Meredith, Community Arts Officer, Staffordshire Place 1, Tipping St, Stafford
ST16 2DH Email: email@example.com Tel 01785 278571