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Apply for Creative Challenge Activity Grants

Wakefield Council are seeking local creatives or organisations across the district to deliver activities for the highstreets, town centre spaces, markets, or libraries to help to creatively activate and animate these places when people return to participating in and accessing culture. Helping to make sure everyone can access culture on their doorstep across the district. We are seeking to support projects which offer high levels of public engagement/attendance.

Grants will range from £300 to £1,000 to support a diverse range of town centre and library activities by local creatives and arts organisations. We may award some proposals up to £5,000 if the proposed activity is of significant merit and justifies the need for the extra support.

Strand One: Animating Spaces
Animating Spaces grants will support creative activity to help our residents to be entertained, to activate our highstreets and to encourage people to experience culture that is themed around celebrating the environment – linking to the Festival of the Earth.

We are specifically proposing that these grants will support our district town centres, markets and highstreets this summer and autumn. Due to the scale and multiple locations across the district, pop-up music, zero-tech performances, walk-about theatre, pavement art, flash mob dances relating to the themes are ideal.

Strand Two: Animating Libraries
The Animating Libraries grant stream is specifically designed to support WordFest 2021 programming by bringing to life the library spaces with workshops, participatory activities and performances.

The activities will help to acclimatise audiences back into engaging in cultural activities and provide diverse programming during the festival month in October 2021. Due to the scale and multiple libraries across the district, small touring works, adapted existing works, and participatory workshops relating to the themes are ideal.

Application Process
Please read the Creative Challenge Activity Grants Guidance Document for full information and criteria.
Please complete Expression of Interest form, and email it to: creativewakefield@wakefield.gov.uk 

Deadline for applications
Strand One: Animating Spaces: Monday 14 June 2021, 5pm
Strand Two: Animating Libraries: Monday 12 July 2021, 5pm

Creative Challenge Activity Grant_Expression of Interest Form
Creative Challenge Activity Grants 2021_Guidance Document