New grants aim to increase cultural participation in Coventry

A new fund aims to address cultural inequality by reaching those who are under-represented in the cultural life of Coventry.

Urban astronaut festival infront of Coventry Cathedral

Pictured: Urban Astronaut, from the Festival of Imagineers in Coventry.

Coventry City Council has this week launched a new grants scheme for projects that support the arts and cultural sector in the Coventry.

Organisations are invited to apply by submitting their ideas that will offer more Coventrians the opportunity to participate in the cultural life of the city.  

The fund has a total value of £72,000, with individual grants ranging from £5,000 to £12,000 being awarded.

The projects must be primarily for the public delivery of arts and culture activities and enable all members of the community to access and participate in culture.

Applications for projects that will reach those who are under-represented in the cultural life of Coventry will be prioritised, as Coventry City Council seeks to address cultural inequality.

Those eligible will be a constituted not-for-profit arts organisation in Coventry that have been trading for at least 12 months with their main purpose established as cultural.

One Coventry councillors said this grant was a great opportunity for the struggling sector during these difficult times.

“With Coventry set to celebrate a year of culture in 2021, this will be an important way for organisations to get a head start in delivering activities for the residents of Coventry and will add to the fantastic list of culture projects involving local people”, said Cllr Tariq Khan, cabinet member for housing and communities.

He continued: “This funding opportunity will provide the leverage needed to access other funding opportunities such as the recent return of the Arts Council project grants.

“I am particularly pleased to target this fund at areas and groups currently least engaged in Culture in the city.  I cannot wait to see some of the ideas that organisations propose to us and the impact they can have on raising participation.”

To apply or find out more information, visit Coventry City Council’s website.