Archive for September, 2016


Big Lottery Fund: Celebrate

The Big Lottery Fund has announced that the final deadline for all Celebrate Funds (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) is 21st October 2016. Six out of ten people surveyed say they cannot remember ever coming together to celebrate with their community. The Big Lottery Fund wants to help change this with the Celebrate! programme. Voluntary and community organisations with a constitution and bank account, schools and statutory bodies can apply for grants to hold one off events or activities that celebrate their local community.

This can be someone from history or the present day. Priority will be given to:

  • Schools and academies
  • Projects that are people led and are something the community wants
  • Projects which demonstrate communities coming together to celebrate and share their diverse cultures
  • Projects which actively bring different generations together.

The amount of grant available is dependent on UK location: •     England – £300 to £10,000 •     Scotland and Northern Ireland – £500 to £5,000 •     Wales – £250 to £2,000.

Read more here:

Source: Arts Development UK

Vacancies & Opportunities

Artistic Director

The Dukes is Lancashire’s leading producing theatre, independent cinema and creative learning centre. We work across a range of art-forms in indoor and outdoor settings.

We now wish to appoint a talented and charismatic Artistic Director to build on our current success and bring to life a strong artistic vision for the next exciting period of growth at The Dukes.

The successful candidate will have a track record of making inspiring theatre that delivers against artistic, financial and social goals. They will develop and produce an engaging and inclusive programme of year-round events. They will demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to learning, inclusivity, diversity and nurturing creative talent.

Closing date: 5pm 17 October

Interviews: 14 + 15 November

For full details and application pack visit our website here.


Funding for the Historic Regeneration of Towns & Cities (UK)

The Townscape Heritage Initiative is Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant giving programme that supports schemes to regenerate the historic environment in towns and cities across the United Kingdom. The programme is designed to address problems in areas of particular social and economic need.

The scheme is open to single organisations (such as Local Authorities) or partnerships of not for profit organisations and provides grants of between £100,000 and £2 million. If applicants receive a first-round pass, they will need to develop the scheme further within a 12-month development phase and then send a detailed second-round submission. The second round is not competitive; a grant will be offered to the applicant if it meets the HLF’s criteria and priorities.

The next closing date for stage 1 applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Townscape Heritage Initiative is 12 noon on the 1st September 2017. Second-round applications can be submitted up to 12 months after first-round approval. Read more at:

Source: Arts Development UK

Vacancies & Opportunities

Wigan Bus Station – Public Art Commission, TfGM (deadline: 7 Oct 2016)

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is seeking Expressions of Interest to design, develop and deliver permanent public artwork(s)/feature(s) for the new Wigan Bus Station in Greater Manchester. Community consultation has taken place and this has informed the potential themes for the artwork, detailed in the Brief.

The inclusion of art on the transport network enhances the travel environment and provides TfGM with an opportunity to engage with local stakeholders and allow communities to highlight local history, local character and future aspirations on public transport infrastructure and the network.

The application process consists of 2 stages, Stage 1 – an Expression of Interest (EOI), from which a short-list of artists will be selected and invited to produce a more detailed Stage 2 application, for which a fee will be available.

All Expressions of Interest MUST be submitted via The Chest (ProContract), applications submitted via any other channel cannot be considered. Download the full Artists Brief and application details via ProContract here –

The DEADLINE for Expressions of Interest is Friday 7 October, 5:00pm.  This is a strict deadline and applications MUST be received before this cut off point., so please ensure you leave plenty of time to submit your EOI.  

Should you require any further information regarding this opportunity, please contact Nicola Middler, ArtReach Consultant via




CrowdfundUK Workshops

Crowdfunding is an innovative fundraising tool for business startups or businesses in the early stages of growth.

But it’s much more than that – it enables you to reach out and engage with a wide range of people – and if they back or invest in your business they are your evangelists, your ambassadors and your customers.

It’s tough raising finance but there are alternatives to the banks. This workshop is for anyone interested in raising finance for their business.

After this workshop you will:

  • Understand the three models of crowdfunding – donations, debt and equity
  • Know about the different crowdfunding platforms and what they offer
  • Know how crowdfunding could help your business
  • Learn tips and hear about some case studies

This workshop is delivered on behalf of BIPC Manchester by Anne Strachan. Anne is a Manchester based crowdfunding expert. She has been working in the sector, running training and supporting business and charities, for three years. She currently works with Manchester City Council to support charities and community groups use crowdfunding. She is also an Associate Partner with BAFI (Business Angel Finance International) to help businesses raise finance.

The course takes place in the Chief Librarians Office which is on the third floor of Central Library (turn left out of the glass lifts). Please arrive at 16:45 for a 17:00 start.  The course will finish at 19:00

For more information and how to book please see here.