Funding

Calls for changes in London’s civic society infrastructure

London Funders, the network of organisations which support London’s civic society has issued a programme of change to better enable voluntary and third sector organisations to support London's communities. The group has called for greater and more meaningful involvement for communities in developing local health and community provision.

The plan demands that engagement with communities should be founded on transparency, fairness, equality, openness, trust and accountability.

Research into social impact of the arts - deadline 3 May 2016

Arts Council England has launched the second round of its Research Fund designed to deepen knowledge and understanding of the impact of art and culture, and the role it plays in our experience as individuals and a society.

Report calls for health commissioners to fund and support good evaluation

A new report has called for health commissioners to fund and support good evaluation of the impact of the voluntary and charitable sector on health. The report, Untapped Potential, shows that health charities are improving patient wellbeing and influencing the design of services to better support patients.

London experiences biggest culture cuts

A new report has revealed a £236m or 17% decline in local authority cultural spending since 2010. London boroughs saw the largest cuts in arts and culture spending; 19 per cent between 2010 and 2015.

Wellcome supports £1m investigation into dementia and the arts

A group exploring dementia and the arts has been invited to take up a two year residency in The Hub at Wellcome Collection. Bringing together a network including scientists, artists, clinicians, public health experts and broadcasters, the group will examine and challenge perceptions of dementia through scientific and creative experimentation. They have been awarded £1m to develop the project over two years.

Budget promises tax relief for museums, galleries and orchestras

The chancellor has confirmed that the orchestra tax relief scheme will come into force this 1 April 2016, while relief for museums and galleries will be in place by 1 April 2017. The new budget also makes provision for several key capital schemes in Hull, Coventry and Cornwall, amongst others.

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Arts Council England call for your response to their new proposals

ACE is asking its stakeholders to respond to proposals for arts and culture from 2018.

ACE are keen to hear from people across and beyond the arts and culture sector. Please visit their conversation website, where you can read and respond to the proposals.

Bursary to document arts & health work, Ireland – deadline 6 May 2016

If you are involved in an arts and health project, and you would like to showcase your work to a larger audience, artsandhealth.ie is inviting applications for a €4000 bursary to produce a short film, audio documentary or publication about an arts and health project.

Information meeting, Dublin – 10 March; Closing date – 6 May

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European social innovation competition funding for refugees and migrants - deadline 8 April 2016

The European Social Innovation Competition 2016 will focus on social innovation for refugees and migrants.

Many refugees and migrants have the potential to be the next entrepreneurs and innovators, but without the right support, their skills can be wasted and they may become marginalised.

The judges are looking for innovations in products, technologies, services and models that can support integration, related to but not limited to:

Make a Difference Fund, southwest – open deadline

The Southwest Foundation's Make a Difference fund is offering grants of up to £1,000 to voluntary and community groups in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Cotswold, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, Wiltshire, Exeter, North Devon, East Devon, Mid-Devon, South Hams, Torbay and Plymouth, where Sovereign’s homes exist.

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