Final call for submissions to £1m Arts and Cultural Fund

Final call for submissions to £1m Arts and Cultural Fund

Essex artists and cultural organisations have until Wednesday 30 November to submit their applications to our Arts and Cultural Fund.

The Arts and Cultural Fund provides funding between £2,500 to £30,000 to successful applicants. This can be used to help deliver exhibitions, events and activities in 2023.

Projects within the music, theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, combined arts, including festivals and carnivals, museums and creative sectors can apply. Individual artists and co-operatives - as well as community groups, charities and trusts, community interest companies, social enterprises and private and public organisations - are also eligible.

Following a successful launch of the fund in December 2021, over 200 funding applications were received and 47 were successful. Those successful delivered a series of workshops, festivals and programmes during the summer and autumn of 2022.

These will continue during the festive period with a Winter Window Wonderland in Manningtree courtesy of The Grand Theatre of Lemmings. From Thursday 1 December to Saturday 24 December, the Winter Window Wonderland will see an illuminated ‘advent calendar’ window unveiled each night. On Saturday 17 December from 6pm a winter light festival will take place featuring a family parade with illuminated bands and drummers as well as street theatre.

Two of the successful Arts and Cultural Fund applications last year, the award-winning Colchester based arts and education charity, Signals, and the dance theatre The Rhiannon Faith Company, have also received funding from Arts Council England (ACE).

The Rhiannon Faith Company joins the art and education charity, Signals, the Arts Centre, The Paper Birds Theatre Company, The Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service, Essex Cultural Diversity Project, Firstsite and the Mercury as ACE National Portfolio Organisations for Essex.

Councillor Graham Butland, Cabinet Member for Devolution, the Arts Heritage and Culture, said: “We are delighted as to how well received the Arts and Cultural Fund was last year, but we want to build in 2023 on what was achieved in 2022.

“This is why I’d encourage all those working within the creative sector to complete their applications for the Arts and Cultural Fund 2023 so that we can continue to support the county’s arts and cultural practitioners.

“It’s also fantastic news about the confirmation of continued investment from Arts Council England. The supported organisations are both well renowned within the region’s arts and culture community for the great work that they do and for bringing tourism to the area, while the EDCP is known for its exemplary cultural events which bring diverse communities together.”

Find out more or apply for funding before the deadline of Wednesday 30 November.

Last updated 21 November 2022