Saturday, 20 September 2014

...the void


Scotland - what can I add to this debate? Nothing - other than 84.5% of elegible voters cast their votes! Amazing. Isn’t there something of a philosophical and moral debate to be had about why so many people don’t vote in general elections? Disconnected - lost - uninspired? Public art and Amy Winehouse - what can I add to the debate? Nothing - other than disconnected and uninspired?

Make of it what you will...

Wellbeing analysis makes stronger case for the arts
Following a year-long inquiry, a cross-party group of MPs has concluded that investment in arts and culture, mindfulness in health and education, a focus on stable jobs rather than growth and more green spaces in our cities are all key to improving wellbeing. Wellbeing in four policy areas, a report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics, concludes that the DCMS and the arts sector more generally should use ‘wellbeing analysis’ to make a better case for public spending on the arts and culture, as this approach is better able to “value nonmarket goods, and goods which we value for reasons that have little to do with the market”. Read more at: 

Funding for Projects that Address Urban & Rural Deprivation 
The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation has announced that capital and revenue funding is available to support the work of local and national charities and not-for-profit organisations that address rural and urban deprivation. Within these two main headings, the Trust is interested in helping established projects which work in the fields of:
  • Community Support
  • Arts, Education & Heritage
  • Disability & Health Care.
The type of projects the Trust are interested in funding include projects providing transport for the elderly, disabled or disadvantaged; contact networks for the young disabled; projects which encourage a sense of community such as community centres and village halls; employment training schemes especially those promoting local, traditional crafts; projects addressing issues such as drug/alcohol misuse or homelessness.
There are three grants schemes. These are:
  • The Large Grant Scheme, with grants of between £10,000 and £30,000 to cover capital costs
  • The Small Grant Scheme, grants of between £5,001 and £9,999 to cover capital and revenue costs;
  • The Fast Track Scheme with grants of up to £5,000 to cover capital and revenue costs.
In addition, the Foundation also provides funding to support capital projects at hospices throughout the UK; and on local projects providing support for mothers and babies in the first two years of life. The Grants Committee meets quarterly to consider applications at the beginning of February, May, September and November. The deadlines for submitting applications are generally 2 months before the date of a meeting. Read more at

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