Community Arts Fund

''Staffordshire County Council’s Community Arts Fund helps to support Staffordshire communities in their access to a wide range of cultural activities.

In 2016-17 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 the following funding schemes;

Community Arts Fund

Applications of up to £1,000 are welcome to run an arts activity or event which benefits the community, widens participation and promotes accessibility.

Please download the following Guidelines and Application form for 2016-17

PDF Document  Guidelines
Word Document  Application Form

Community Arts Development Programme

Community Arts Development Programme 2016-18

Expressions of interest are now being sought for this 2 year programme.

Download the Guidelines below;

PDF DocumentCommunity Arts Development Programme Guidelines (450kb)

Before you apply

Please read the Guidelines thoroughly before you apply, you may find useful information in our FAQ section.

Please read all the questions on the Application form before completing.

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

Community Arts Fund 2016-17 is now open for application.

Activities must take place between 1st April 2016 and 31st March 2017

Community Arts Development Programme 2016-18

Deadline for expressions of interest 4th April 2016


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.

Evaluation Report

It is a condition of the fund 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 form case studies on our website.

Word Document 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.

PDF DocumentNew Release Template

PDF DocumentMedia Hints & Tips

Looking for Artists & Local Organisations?

Arts Connected MapWe have put together a google map which shows Artists, Arts and Community Organisations across Staffordshire who we have worked with in partnership, who 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

Click here to browse the Creative Directory



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: Tel 01785 278571

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