Sunday, 7 May 2017

Social Change Across Greater Manchester...?

Congratulations to Andy Burnham on his majority win in the mayoral elections. With his long-standing commitment to Arts/Health and his knowledge and connections across these ten districts, it will be good to support him embedding culture and the arts across all his strategic planning and delivery, with that cultural thread running through everything that Greater Manchester is about.

For those of you who were involved in the field in 2007, you’ll remember that he put his name to the Prospectus for Arts & Health which was jointly developed by the Department of Health and Arts Council England. Now with a clear mandate, and a focus on our culturally rich metropolitan area, there are real opportunities for him to celebrate what is happening at grass-roots level alongside the offer of our bigger cultural players, whilst investing in culture and the arts as social determinants of health and wellbeing, for long-term social change. The time is now or never.

Let’s just remind ourselves, that as an arts and health community, we developed a shared Manifesto for Arts & Health in 2011. It still holds true - ‘this is a movement’. Now let's invite the Mayor into Manchester School of Art to help him better understand our community of practice.

Austin Hope & Pilkington Trust 
Deadline: 31 May 2017 (£5k grants); 31 July 2017 (£1k grants). The Austin Hope and Pilkington Trust has grants available for projects that relate to music and the arts. Charities with an annual operating income of between £50,000- £1million can apply for a grant of £1,000. Charities with an annual income of over £500,000 can apply for a grant of £5,000. For more information, click HERE.  

Barbara Ward Children’s Charity Funding
Charities and organisations helping children who are disadvantaged in some respect can apply for grants from the Barbara Ward Children's Charity. Grants may also be awarded to charities supporting adults with learning difficulties. Recent awards have ranged from £1,350 to £21,000 and have been used to support both one-off donations and project-related grants for 2-5 years. Applications are accepted and assessed on a rolling basis. Read more HERE.

HRUK & SUBWAY Healthy Heart Grants 
Heart Research UK (HRUK) is launching its 2017 SUBWAY/HRUK Healthy Heart Grants scheme. Not for profit groups, voluntary organisations and registered charities will be able to apply for grants of up to £10,000 for new, original and innovative projects that actively promote Heart Health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease. The grants are available in specific regions at certain times of the year. For further information and details of the application periods for each region, read more HERE.

Above is a short performance film sent to me by Joanna Rosenfeld about becoming a mother and suffering from Post Natal Depression which is part of the Digital Institute of Early Parenthood Online exhibition Performing Parenthood.


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