OXFORD CITY COUNCIL COMMUNITY IMPACT FUND
Oxford City Council launched a new Community Impact Fund at the end of 2021.
- This replaces all former OCC funding programmes for communities including: Culture Fund, Green Neighbourhood Scheme, Youth Ambition Fund, Youth Ambition Holiday Activities Fund, Small Grants, and Open Bidding.
- All eligible applicants to former community grant programmes should be eligible for this new programme Read more here
- Grants up to £5,000 for individuals and groups wanting to make positive change for those in need across Oxford.
ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND FUNDING STREAMS in brief:
[ACE funding] National Lottery Project Grants – The fund is open to all individual artists, community and cultural organisations to support arts, museums and libraries projects. This fund is now open. They are keen to support first time applicants.
- Who can apply: Individual artists and practitioners, community and cultural organisations, museums and libraries.
- What you can apply for: Arts, museums, and libraries projects that engage people in England with creativity and culture.
- Key dates: National Lottery Project Grants is open all the time, there are no deadlines.
[ACE funding] Developing Your Creative Practice (DYCP) – The fund supports creative practitioners thinking of taking their practice to the next stage to research, have time to create new work, travel, training, develop ideas, network or find mentoring.
- Funding activity: Research and development opportunities, building new networks, creating new work
- Grant range: £2,000 – £10,000
- Eligibility: Individual artists and/or creative practitioners. You can find full eligibility criteria in the guidance for applicants. Organisations cannot apply.
- Round 13 will open for applications at 12pm (midday) 22 February 2022. The deadline for applications will be 12pm (midday) 22 March 2022.
NATIONAL LOTTERY COMMUNITY FUND – to “fund great ideas that help communities to thrive”; more here; and here is an overview of the types of national lottery community funding programmes: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes
LOCAL TRUSTS AND FOUNDATIONS – Download a list here (docx): TRUSTS AND FOUNDATIONS
COUNTY COUNCILS WEBSITES – with pointers to funding sources:
- Oxfordshire: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/community-and-living/funding-and-grants
- Buckinghamshire: https://portal.grantsonlinelocal.uk/directory,25,2,0
- Kent-based charity Funding for All has collated a database of potential funding sources: https://www.fundingforall.org.uk/
HELP WITH FUNDRAISING
Claire Thompson – Arts Development Officer at Oxford City Council
Claire Thompson is also available to offer advice to local dance artists. Do get in touch with any questions you have. She writes:
“Within my role of Arts Development Officer at OCC (with a specific focus on dance development) I remain committed to supporting artists (at all stage of their career) in whatever way is possible.
This includes face-to-face meetings, phone conversations etc to offer support and advice around fundraising, general information about dance in Oxford and more specific career / artistic development queries.
If I am unable to assist myself, I would always try to signpost to someone or somewhere that can!”
Claire Thompson, Arts Development Officer
Community Services, Oxford City Council
01865 252820 or 07747 475259
FURTHER USEFUL CONTACTS
- South East Dance is a leading arts organisation focused on developing dance in the South East region of England. They also offer 1-2-1 artist support and advisory sessions (Book here) website
- The Other Yellow Pages The Other Yellow Pages is a resource focusing on contemporary art practice in dance. It aims to bring all the information about what is happening in the South East and East regions into one easily searchable site. website
- The Red Line: A place to spark dramaturgical thinking as you experience the preparation, making and presentation of performance work. website
- House curates and underwrites a varied programme of around 20 contemporary theatre productions each year for its network of over 140 venues. website
- China Plate works with artists, venues, festivals and funders to develop, make and present engaging, adventurous and accessible new work. website
- Equity, Oxford; Equity is the UK trade union for professional performers and creative practitioners. website
- OneDance UK -the sector support organisation leading the way to a stronger, more vibrant and more diverse dance sector. website
- People Dancing: Foundation for Community dance – The UK development organisation and membership body for community and participatory dance. website