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.
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.
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.
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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