New Programme to Make Positive Change Using the Arts and Creativity

The Big Lottery Fund, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and Local Trust have joined together to set up the new Creative Civic Change Programme and are inviting groups to indicate whether they are interested in participating.


The programme, which aims to support creative projects and activities led by local communities, will provide funding as well as other support, such as advice and mentoring, to at least 10 local areas across England over the next three years. Half of those areas will already be part of the Big Local initiative.


The funders welcome responses to this community call out phase from areas which are already part of the Big Local initiative as well as those who are not but which share similar characteristics.


There is particular interest in local communities in England which have often been overlooked for funding in the past and may face some or all of the following:


  • The decline of local industry.
  • High levels of unemployment.
  • A pressing need for services or activities.
  • A high proportion of children in poverty.
  • People in the area in poor health relative to the general population.
  • Other characteristics that demonstrate need.


Those who are selected to the programme delivery stage will receive funding of between £50,000 and £300,000 per area over three years, mentoring, coaching, peer-to-peer support, networking and guidance in order to make the changes they are seeking happen.


Arts and creativity, as defined for this programme, include but are not limited to include – whether knitting, singing, drama, dancing, pottery, sewing, writing stories or poems, storytelling, making jewellery, animation, making music, coding, photography (including Instagramming), woodcraft, gardening, cake decorating, film making, community radio, putting on festivals, and parades.


The deadline for responding to the call out phase is 28 September 2018.


Groups will find out by the end of October whether they have been successful in progressing to the next phase of the programme.


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