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Arts Council's National Lottery Project Grants reopen

Following suspension due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Arts Council England (ACE) has reopened its National Lottery Project Grants, with a budget of £59.8m to allocate until April 2021.

ACE has declared it is particularly keen to support:

Report documents creative and cultural response to those in need during lockdown

The Culture Health & Wellbeing Alliance has published a report and case studies that highlight the scope, breadth and reach of the work that cultural and creative organisations and individuals have been doing since lockdown to reach the most vulnerable.

UK government announces long-awaited arts, culture and heritage coronavirus rescue package

The UK government has announced a £1.57bn rescue package for Britain’s arts, culture and heritage industries, to aid recovery from the impact of COVID-19.

Emergency grants and loans will be made available to thousands of organisations across a range of sectors including the performing arts and theatres, heritage, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music and independent cinema will be able to access.

The package includes:

Applications for GSK Impact Awards now open

The annual GSK IMPACT Awards return to recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Up to 20 awards will be made, ranging from £3,000 to £40,000; and the winning organisations will have access to excellent leadership training and development opportunities.

The awards have been running since 1997 and are organised and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 14 September 2020.

m4d Radio launches to help those living with dementia

Music for Dementia has launched m4d Radio to help bring music into the lives of people living with dementia. The five free radio stations play music from the 1930s onwards, including one designed to bring together listeners of all ages in a care home setting with a mix of music.  

Following focus groups and feedback the five stations have been curated to create a source of appropriate music. The programme includes sessions on music to move to, songs from musicals, and soothing night-time tracks.

Older citizen community dance programme proved effective at fall prevention

Dance to Health, a community dance programme for older people, has published its phase one evaluation report on the programme’s effectiveness on addressing prevention of falls. The report, produced by Sheffield Hallam University Sports Industry Research Centre, found there was a 58% reduction in the number of falls experienced by participants in the previous 12 months.

The report also found positive improvements in participants' physical and mental wellbeing, including:

Neil Mendoza appointed as Commissioner for Cultural Recovery and Renewal

Neil Mendoza has been appointed as the Commissioner for Cultural Recovery and Renewal. As Commissioner Mr Mendoza will provide independent expert advice to the government on how UK culture and heritage can recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Mendoza has been tasked with gathering innovative ideas for renewal and ensuring important bodies such as Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England work with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to develop and support the sector.

ACE publishes coronavirus emergency funding guidance

After launching its emergency response funding package last month in response to the coronavirus outbreak, Arts Council England (ACE) has published guidance on the funds open to individuals and organisations outside of the National Portfolio. Details on the £90 million fund ACE is making available for NPOs as part of the emergency response package will also be shared soon.

Further information can be found here

 

Can real life recovery stories help with your own mental health?

The NEON Collection is the world’s largest collection of real-life mental health recovery stories. Researchers from the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham are running a trial looking at the benefits of accessing other people’s recovery stories. Participants will have online access to the world’s largest collection of recovery stories for up to one year. If you’d like to take part you can find more information here. Everything is online, and there is no face-to-face contact.

 

The Big Draw announces festival's 20th anniversary theme

Visual literacy charity The Big Draw has announced that its annual festival of creativity will be based around the theme Climate of Change and will be called The Big Green Draw Festival. Marking its 20th anniversary, the festival will focus on the relationship between people and our living environments and ecosystems; highlighting how we live today and the ways in which we do and do not harmonise with nature.

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