Expansion of US arts for military health

The National Endowment for the Arts and the American Department of Defense have announced a $1.928million expansion of their partnership programme offering arts focused support to military members, veterans, and their families.

Shortfall in mental health funding

Analysis by the King’s Fund has found that despite promises of “parity of esteem” for physical and mental health, 40 per cent of mental health trusts saw their income fall in 2015/16. NHS England had made it clear that it expected CCGs to increase mental health funding in 2015/16.

Arts Council funding plans

Arts Council England has published its funding plans for 2018-22. These include an increase in the funds available for Grants for the Arts and details for applications to be included in its National Portfolio of Organisations.

A new category of Sector Support Organisations is to be created along with a banding structure for funded organisations to reduce the bureaucratic requirements on smaller organisations.

Youth Investment Fund

A £40m funding scheme from Big Lottery and the DCMS will support voluntary, community and social enterprise youth organisations to deliver local projects for young people in six targeted communities across England, including East London.

The four year funding scheme is also aimed at projects in the West Midlands, Tees Valley & Sunderland, Bristol and Somerset, Eastern Counties and Liverpool.

New funding for volunteering

NESTA has launched a £4m funding programme to support organisations in recruiting and supporting older volunteers.

Cuts to local authority spending on public health and culture

Analysis by the King’s Fund has revealed that local authorities are planning average cuts to their public health budgets of around 9% next year. This is alongside planned cuts to culture budgets of 6%.

The research by the King’s Fund’s David Buck is on data released by the Department for Communities and Local Government and combines the planned budgets of all local authorities in England. The cuts are the result of the Government’s Budget announcement earlier this year of an overall cut in public health spending. Buck describes the cuts as a “false economy”.

New £15m Great Place scheme to boost cultural partnerships

A joint initiative by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Foundation will support a range of partnership activities in twelve pilot areas across England.

Examples include:

Everyday creativity

A new report investigating the nature of arts funding has called for a shift in funding, language and focus from “Great Art for Everyone” to “Great Arts by, for and with Everyone”. The report, commissioned by the Arts Council calls on the funder to focus on wellbeing and to address funding inequality from large cultural institutions to smaller, grassroots community practice.

New Medicine Galleries at Science Museum

The Wellcome Trust has given the Science Museum £10m for its new Medicine Galleries which are due to be completed in 2019.

The Medicine Galleries will create a new home for over 2000 objects based on the collections of Sir Henry Wellcome and the Science Museum. The galleries will reveal personal stories about the transformational power of medicine. They will also provide historical context for our experience of medicine and health today.

Sports funding for dance for health

Sport England has widened its remit to include dance with funding available to support dance activities which encourage people to become more physically active. The change comes as part of a shift in focus to funding sports programmes which target wellbeing and reaching the least active people.

The new strategy also includes plans to invest £30m in family friendly physical activity programmes. In total the agency intends to commit £250m towards sports and activity programmes designed to get people physically active.


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