Saturday, 16 April 2016

...Arts Promotion Centre Finland at Manchester School of Art

After a short break, this blog comes bouncing back with a spring in its step - a little older, and yet - optimistic at the potential of all our futures. First thing to report is that in collaboration with the Manchester School of Art, Arts and Health Research Network, there’ll be a North West Arts and Health Network event here at MMU on 17th May between 10:00 and 15:00. More details will emerge over the next couple of weeks, but get the date in your diary. In short, we’ll have seven guests from Arts Promotion Centre Finland whose work is all focused on health and wellbeing and encompasses producers, dancers and theatre practitioners and more. We want to hear about their work in research, development and practice and share some of ours with them. So a day of sharing and exploration and - who knows - maybe future collaborative work.

Did you know that the Finnish Government aims to anchor arts and cultural services as a part of the social and health care system? As part of this three-year endeavour, Arts Promotion Centre Finland is funding arts and cultural projects, which advance wellbeing and are organised alongside the social and health care sector, with two million euros. The idea is to increase the use of art and culture services in social and health care sector - especially across preventive work. Building on the principle of a percent for art (which has predominantly been focused on the visual arts in health care buildings) the government is hoping to apply to this to the performing arts!

Want to know more? Keep the date and check this blog for an update next week. For now, An Elephant Never Forgets.

Funding to Support Disadvantaged Young People
The Weavers' Company, a textile-related, charitable and sociable organisation, has announced that the next closing date for its grants programme is the 1st August 2016. The Weaver's Company Benevolent Fund supports projects working with disadvantaged young people (aged 5 to 30 years) to ensure that they are given every possible chance to meet their full potential and to participate fully in society. The Fund also aims to help young people at risk of criminal involvement to stay out of trouble and assist in the rehabilitation of offenders, particularly young offenders both in prison and after release. Grants are usually no more than £15,000 per annum, and to make sure grants of this size have an impact, we will not fund large organisations. To be eligible for funding, local organisations such as those working in a village, estate or small town should normally have an income of less than £100,000. Those working across the UK should normally have an income of not more than £250,000.
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Lloyds Bank Foundation announces next funding round (England & Wales)
The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales, which provides funding to charities for projects to help people break their cycle of disadvantage, has announced that its grants programmes will re-open for applications on the 25th April 2016. The Foundations operates two funding programmes. These are: "Invest" which is a flexible, long term core funding programme for charities helping disadvantaged people. Grants are up to £25,000 per year for between 2 and 6 years, with the opportunity for continuation funding for up to six years in total; and "Enable" which is a smaller and shorter grants programme for charities that have identified clear development needs. This funding aims to help the organisations deliver their mission more effectively. These grants are up to a total £15,000 for up to two years. The funding is available to registered charities and charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs) with an income of between £25,000 and £1 million. To be eligible, organisations are expected to be working with people 17 years or older, experiencing multiple disadvantage at one of the critical points in their life. The only exceptions are young people who are under 17 years of age and young parents or looked after children and disabled young people moving into independent living. Click wither.

Who is this young girl?

Additional £1.5m for the Near Neighbours Fund (England)
The Near Neighbours small grants programme will reopen to applications in spring/early summer 2016 following an additional £1.5m investment from the UK Government. Using the infrastructure of the Church of England, the Near Neighbours funding programme provides small grants and support to grassroots groups to help them run projects that bring about lasting benefits to neighbourhoods with significant religious diversity. The idea is to bring people together that are religiously and ethnically diverse, so that they can get to know each other better, build relationships of trust and collaborate together on initiatives that improve the local community they live in. The funding covers a broad range of activities across the arts, the environment and sport.
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The Discovery Foundation
The Santander Foundation has changed its name to the Discovery Foundation. This is to reflect the importance of its new flagship community programme - the Discovery Project - within Santander UK. The Discovery Foundation will provide grants for local projects that give disadvantaged people the confidence to discover and create new opportunities. The Foundation's previous three grants schemes have been combined into a single new scheme called Discovery Grants making it simpler to apply for funding. Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK Registered Charities, Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions to fund local projects helping disadvantaged people. Funding is available to cover part time salaries, equipment or materials but is for one year and must deliver a local project, not a national initiative. Applicants need to complete a Discovery Grant nomination form which is available in all Santander branches. 
There are no closing dates and grants are made every month. Oh, just click here. 

Homotopia Festival Project Manager 
£20k - £22k pro rata depending on experience (£8840.00 based on £22,100 pro rata)
Hours: 30 hrs. p/w, usually over 4 days; May – November 2016
Homotopia champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. The organisation produces year round engagement programmes and an internationally renowned arts festival every November. We are looking for an exceptional & proactive individual for a new position of ‘Festival Project Manager’.  This is an exciting opportunity to join a unique cultural organisation with an international profile. The role will provide organisational, curatorial and administrative support, coordinating the preparation & supporting the delivery of the Homotopia Festival in Liverpool November 2016. Click on the elephant above.


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