Archive for September 17th, 2018

Training, Uncategorized

Connect: Design Thinking for Audience Development

The Audience Agency and Goldsmiths University are launching a pioneering new programme as part of a European partnership funded by Erasmus +

“This is a fantastic opportunity to take part in a free professional development programme co-created with some of Europe’s leading audience development thinkers and practitioners. It takes a very experiential approach to learning for those of us who prefer to learn-by-doing and introduces some of the best new ideas from the wider creative industries to help us evolve our engagement practice. Help us to shape this programme for the wider sector next year.”

Anne Torreggiani, The Audience Agency CEO

This ‘twin track’ programme brings culture professionals and post-graduate students together to develop and test strategic approaches to audience development, including an introduction to user-centred service design and action research. It consists of 7 one-day modules at Goldsmith’s College, London, combined with in-organisation development of an action research project. Participating organisations will host students on internships and all participants will be supported by an independent mentor. On completion of the programme, participants will receive a professional certificate from Goldsmith’s University.

Deadline for applications  15 October 2018

For more information

https://bit.ly/2xhp8tA

 

Source: Audience Agency

 

Community Arts, Funding

Project Brief for Bolton Light Festival

Background

Bolton Light Festival is a new event for the town and has developed from the Bolton Christmas Lights Switch-On Lantern Parade held last year. This year Bolton Light Festival will run for a whole month from the 18th October to 22nd November 2018 and include various events and activities across the town centre and districts. The Light Festival will culminate in an extended Lantern Parade as part of the Christmas Light Switch-On on the evening of Thursday 22nd November.

 

The Brief

The Bolton Light Festival Team are inviting applications from up to ten community groups or not-for-profit organisations for between £500 and £750 to create your own contribution to the Light Festival. This can take any form but must celebrate the theme of ‘Light’ and be able to be included as part of the Bolton Light Festival Programme or Christmas Light Switch- On evening.  

 

Some examples of possible light-themed contributions are listed below:

  • A drama performance
  • A dance piece
  • An artwork or installation
  • Costumes or ‘props’
  • A musical or choral piece
  • A short film or digital artwork

 

There will be various venues for these events to take place in the town centre on the night of the Switch-On as well as the opportunity to join in with the celebrations, which culminate in a spectacular firework display.

 

Town centre venues and locations include:

  • Switch-On Main Stage
  • Market Place Shopping Centre
  • Crompton Place Shopping Centre
  • Bolton Interchange
  • Newport Street
  • Bolton Central Library & Museum
  • Digital screens across Bolton town centre

 

The Panel will also consider proposals for Light Festival activities, taking place during the Light Festival period, in your neighbourhood.

 

Applications

Your group must be constituted and have its own bank account.

If you would like to make an application for your group to be considered to receive funding, please complete the application form and send it to Gaynor.Cox@boltonathome.org.uk

 

Timescales

The deadline for completed applications to be returned is 11.59 pm on Sunday 23rd September 2018.

You will be notified of the Panel’s decision by Friday 5th October 2018.

Activities must be delivered between Thursday 18th October and Thursday 22nd November 2018

Groups whose applications are unsuccessful will be offered other opportunities to get involved in the Bolton Light Festival.

 

Further information and support

The Bolton Light Festival Group can offer support to develop your proposal and deliver your activity.

If you have an idea but would like some assistance to get it ready for the application form please contact:

 

Gaynor Cox

Housing Arts Officer, Bolton at Home

gaynor.cox@boltonathome.org.uk

01204 329706 / 07979 705123

Competition

2019 International Dylan Thomas Prize Open to Applications

This worldwide competition is open to young writers of any nationality to recognise exceptional literary work.

The International Dylan Thomas Prize is an annual competitive award provided in partnership by the Dylan Thomas Centre and Swansea University to recognise and reward literary talent in young authors.

The prize will be awarded to the single author who has written the best literary Work – a commercially published original volume of English language poetry, collection of short fictional stories, fictional novel or novella, radio script or screenplay.

The main prize for the winner is £30,000. Each shortlisted entrant will receive a Runners-up Award of £500.

Entry is open to all authors of any nationality who are aged between 18 and 39.

  • Entry is open to all authors or performers of any nationality who are aged between 18 and 39.
  • Eligible literary works must have been commercially published for the first time in the English language in the UK between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018.

 

The winner will be announced at the final awards ceremony in Swansea on 16 May 2019.

The closing date for entries to the 2019 Prize is 7 November 2018

Document type icon Dylan Thomas Prize webpage

 

Source:  Grantfinder

Creative Industries, Funding, Tech

Venturespring Ignite Programme Open to Boost Scale-up Firms

This is corporate accelerator aiming to match scale-up companies in the UK with various corporate businesses. One tech start-up will be selected to attend a week-long summit at Sir Richard Branon’s Necker Island.

The Venturespring Ignite Programme is a corporate accelerator which aims to match scale-up companies with various corporate businesses. The initiative will act as a growth vehicle to inspire, invest in, and guide start-ups to success. The funder’s vision is to inspire leaders to empower growth-driven start-ups to build a better world and to achieve this vision the funder is ‘bridging the gap’ between start-ups and corporations to empower technology ventures to grow and prosper faster.

The programme is looking for applicants who can solve corporate problems – with special emphasis placed on start-ups working across mobility, lifestyle, media, aerospace, travel, fintech, healthtech, AI, AR, VR and retail.

Venturespring Ignite Startup benefits include:

  • Investment of between $10,000 – $100 million through a corporate and institutional investor network and or fund.
  • Access to investors both corporate and institutional depending on preferences.
  • Access to key corporate executives enabling the participant to navigate large corporate organisations for resources including investment – quickly and effectively.
  • Strategic corporate match making for long term partnership opportunities to help ventures commercialise and gain access to whatever it is that they need.
  • Exclusive access to and deployment of hard-to-reach corporate resources that will allow the venture to move on to the next level.
  • An invitation to a Summit on Necker Island, where the business will have the opportunity to meet with the world’s most successful business leaders
  • An opportunity to hear Summit speakers discuss key trends and the types of corporate resources available to start-ups.

Innovative start-up businesses from across all sectors and individuals who have new ideas and technologies will be eligible to apply. Applicants should be seeking to accelerate their development.

The deadline for applications to be received is 20 December 2018

Document type icon Application Page

Source:  Grantfinder
Funding

Applications Invited for New Digital Inclusion Fund

Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in England to support creative and innovative initiatives designing, researching or delivering digital inclusion programmes with a focus on older and/or disabled people.

The Fund aims to help older and disabled people, who might otherwise not access the internet, to acquire essential digital skills and to demonstrate how digital inclusion can improve their lives and wellbeing. Launched by Citizens Online, with funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, the Fund is intended to support the Digital Strategy, which sets out the Government’s ambition to create a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone.

One-year grants of between 50,000 and £200,000 are available to charities, not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises for activities that will benefit people living in England.

Projects should include at least two of the following:

  • New, creative and innovative approaches, which might include reference to the first four Grand Challenges set out in the UK’s Industrial Strategy.
  • The use of public services and enabling digital service transformation, including but not limited to welfare reform and the health agenda.
  • A focus on digitally excluded people living in rural areas.
  • Alignment with, where relevant, the Digital Skills Partnerships.
  • Economic activity by older and/or disabled people, where relevant.
  • Reference to pillars within the Digital Strategy, beyond the obvious focus on digital skills (eg data, digital business and cyber security).
  • Development of any existing activity, where the applicant has evidence that it has been successful, either by exploring ways to make it sustainable or by scaling it up in a cost-effective manner.
  • Learning from a successful engagement activity delivered by the applicant or others, and replicating it with a new audience (eg a different demographic or location).

Supported projects may also have scope to scale up and deliver a wider impact.

Applications can be submitted from 10 September (midday) until 1 October 2018 (midday).

Document type icon Citizens Online – Digital Inclusion Fund

Source: Grantfinder