Funding for creative projects and events

Posted on by Lauren MacCarthy.

by Lizzie How, Arts Development Officer

The Cultural Investment Programme is how Bristol City Council distributes public money to support arts and culture across the city.

Our grants help support a wide range of organisations and activities; from large city centre venues to local grass roots groups and organisations.

The programme, which has three funds (Originators, Imagination and Openness), has a vision to make arts and culture accessible for all. It is designed to develop Bristol as a creative cultural city, to actively advance equality and diversity and to improve people’s lives through the arts.

Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the current Cultural Investment Programme 2018 – 2022 has been extended for one year. This means that the current Imagination and Openness grantees have had their funding extended and that we are able to open a new round of Originators funding.

Originators Fund

Our new round of Originators funding opens on Tuesday 14 December.

The fund supports Bristol-based organisations and individuals to deliver arts and cultural activities in the city. We will accept applications for grants between £500 – £5,000, for work that will take place between May 2022 – April 2023.

The deadline for applications is on Tuesday 8 February 2022 at 5pm.

On Thursday 13 January 2022 at 11am we will be hosting an online information session about the Originators fund 22-23. There will be a presentation from the Arts Team, case studies from grantees and an opportunity to ask questions.

Book your place at this event on Eventbrite.

We are also offering 15 minute 1:1 advice sessions on Tuesday 18 January, 10am-1pm and Thursday 20 January, 5pm-8pm. In these informal online sessions you will be able to chat to a member of the Arts Team about your project proposal or idea. Book your online session.

To find out more about how to apply for the Originators fund 22-23, please visit the Bristol City Council website.

Beyond 2022

We will be delivering a second Cultural Investment Programme from 2023 to 2027. More details will be available about this in 2022.

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