£1m Arts and Cultural Fund opens for applications

£1m Arts and Cultural Fund opens for applications

Our new £1 million fund set up to support Essex’s art and culture sector has opened for applications today (Tuesday 4th January). The Essex County Council Arts and Cultural Fund will offer artists and cultural organisations grants from £2,500 to £30,000 to deliver projects.

It will support projects across the creative sectors and is open to individual artists, co-operatives, community groups, charities, community interest companies, social enterprises, private and public organisations.

Since the fund was announced, over 100 artists and cultural organisations have expressed an interest. Applications can now be made at the Explore Essex website.

Graham Butland, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Devolution, the Arts Heritage and Culture, said: “We have been overwhelmed with the response from the artistic and cultural community since we first announced the launch of this new fund, as demonstrated by the sheer number of expressions of interest we have received.

“The Arts and Cultural Fund is open to all and will support the diverse and vibrant communities we have in the county, from grassroots community groups to large organisations. I would encourage everyone who is eligible to apply as a thriving creative sector is part of a strong economy and one which will rejuvenate our high streets.”

Applications can be made until Monday 28th February with the successful grant submissions being announced at the end of March.

Last updated 4 January 2022