Sunday, 11 February 2018

...we've only just begun

What on earth is this all about, I hear you cry? Maxine versus Maggie? Well, for those of you who came along to the North West Arts & Health Network event at Manchester School of Art on Tuesday, you'll know it's an extract from the film Maxine Peake very kindly recorded for us in which she highlighted Manchester's radical past and potent future. Full notes on the day and an edit of the film will be uploaded onto this blog very soon. For now - my biggest thanks to all of those who came and contributed - not least Maxine Peake and Dr Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt. Expect more, much more, very soon - we've only just begun.

Arts Council England new funding programme for the arts 
From 1st March 2018 the Grants for the Arts fund will become Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants.  Project Grants is a new open access programme for arts and museum projects and for arts projects in and with libraries. A budget of £97.3 million per year means that funding will be available to support museums and libraries and offer more support to creative and digital media projects.  The fund will also continue to help support thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations. Some aspects of the Strategic Touring and Ambition for Excellence funds will be absorbed into Project Grants, with £14 million per year reserved to support nationally significant and national touring projects of over £100,000. The new programme, Project Grants, will open at 10am on Monday 5th March 2018. Further details and new application guidance will be published on the Arts Council England website in mid-February. Read more HERE. 

Rosa Awards Grants to promote gender equality 
Rosa, a charitable fund set up to support initiatives that benefit women and girls in the UK, has awarded grants totalling £36,450 to 20 projects across the UK through the second round of the Voices from the Front-Line programme. The programme aims to support women at the front of the fight for gender equality. Funding of between £500 and £2,000 is available to support projects that will increase the skills, capacity and credibility of women who wish to challenge gender inequality and promote awareness and change. The next round of Voices from the Front Line will re-open for applications on the 24th April 2018. The closing date will be the 15th June 2018. Read more HERE.  

British Public Information Films
As the NHS enters its 70th Year, the North West Arts & Health Network brings you an occasional series of films suitable to mark the anniversary of our National Health Service and the Welfare State. This weeks little ditty is Your Very Good Health, made in 1948 by Halas & Batchelor for the Central Office of Information for the Ministry of Health.

Henry Smith Charity: Improving Lives Grant Programme 
The Henry Smith Charity provides grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year for up to three years to charitable organisations that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available. Grants can cover running costs, salaries and project costs for organisations that can demonstrate a track record of success and evidence the effectiveness of their work. Eligible organisations include charities and not-for-profit organisations (including social enterprises) in the UK with a turnover of £50,000 - £2million (in exceptional circumstances up to £5million). Applications can be submitted at any time and decisions are usually made within 6 months. Read more HERE. 

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