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CULTURE DRIVES IMPACT: The Norfolk and Suffolk Culture Board Manifesto

This Manifesto sets out the shared ambition of the Norfolk and Suffolk Culture Board (NSCB) for culture to drive impact as we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and as we foster opportunities for long-term renewal. It is based on an 18-month journey which has involved consultation, listening and development to explore the priorities and aspirations of the cultural sector in and across Norfolk and Suffolk.

The Manifesto and New Anglia LEP Cultural Strategy Evidence Report can be downloaded here.

Business Support & Opportunities

Self-employment introductory sessions

MENTA Business are running a new fully funded programme ‘Enabling Self-Employment’ to support anyone looking to start a business or become self-employed in Norfolk. The programme offers up to six hours of one-to-one support as well as workshops to help with business planning, marketing, bookkeeping, sales, funding and much more. Find out more at one of the introductory sessions being held at at Norfolk BIPC Local libraries and the regional hub throughout September.

MENTA DIGI DROP IN SESSIONS

Both sessions take place on 8 September 2022 at @INC, 87 Hamilton Road, Felixtowe
SESSION – 1. SMARTPHONE VIDEO CONTENT FOR BUSINESS – 10:15 – 11:00 – Tips and ways to help make engaging video content that will market your business online. The session will show how to consider the viewer and be certain you are creating content people want to view.
SESSION – 2. POSTING YOUR SMARTPHONE VIDEO CONTENT – 11:15-12:00  – Where and how best to share your smartphone video content. This session will arm you with an understanding of which platform may work best for your business marketing online.

Marketing ‘Ask us’ sessions with Unbound

Unbound creative agency teams up with Norfolk ProHelp and Norfolk Community Foundation to offer free marketing appointments for Norfolk VCSEs. There are 6 x 30 minute slots available each month, upcoming sessions include: Ask Us About Brand (27th September 2022).

Norwich BID Upcycling Exchange

Norwich BID are working with Small & Medium Enterprises from across the city to build a circular economy in Norwich. ‘Upcycle your Waste’ is designed to take waste produced by Norwich businesses, and turn it into new resources. This is an EU initiative, and free to all participating businesses – giving your business the opportunity to save money on waste costs, and reduce the waste it sends to landfill.

WSC Sustainability for Businesses

Are you a Small or Medium sized enterprises (SME) based in East Anglia?  West Suffolk College has a fully funded programme to support local SMEs (profit or not-for-profit are both eligible) across New Anglia (Suffolk/Norfolk) to support adoption of a sustainability approach within your business model, raising awareness, providing education, and offering support through resources and guidance.  This programme is part funded by the European Social Fund and is one of the College’s business projects delivered through PLACE 21. Read more

University of Suffolk Entrepreneurs Forge

The Entrepreneurs Forge is an immersive development programme designed to help personal resilience and economic recovery and growth in Suffolk, and is a partnership between Creative Unlimited Suffolk, New Anglia LEP, Start East, Suffolk County Council and the University of Suffolk.

Immersive Lab: new immersive training and innovation space for creative digital business, freelancers and start-ups.
Mini MBA Programme: an 8 week development, growth and resilience programme of masterclasses, group activities and peer-to-peer support to learn about entrepreneurial leadership.
Bootcamp Programme: an intensive student and graduate bootcamp to collaborate on projects and connect with commercial clients.

Think Lowestoft

Visit the Think Lowestoft website to join the Virtual Creative Hub and add your creative enterprise to their free online Creative Directory.

The virtual creative hub is a place for artists, makers, freelancers, and organisations to connect, collaborate, and share ideas with other like-minded people. They want to increase confidence, experimentation, and growth, and will accomplish this by cultivating connections, providing business support, and supporting the sector by raising the profile and public awareness of the emerging creative sector.

Think Lowestoft Events

The Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Norfolk

Supporting you from that first spark of inspiration to successfully starting and developing a business in Norfolk. The BIPC offers free and low-cost access to business intelligence, market research, 1-to-1 advice, workshops, networking and support. Visit the BIPC Eventbrite page for a full list of events.

BIPC new-look regional hub

The BIPC Norfolk area on the second floor at the Millennium Library, has had a refit, including a networking area, new welcome desk, computer stations and two new bookable glass meeting rooms with capacity for 50 people each. Pop in and see the changes for yourself!

Become a local net-zero waste champion

If you’re a business in Norwich, Great Yarmouth or King’s Lynn and keen to reduce your
environmental impact, Onwards Norfolk have launched a free initiative to help you reduce
and manage your waste output. Your business will be supported to take steps towards
becoming a Net-Zero Waste Champion by being provided with a free simple, tailored
action plan to reduce and manage your waste. Sign up today and you will be contacted to
arrange one-to-one support, plus access to free upcoming webinars.

Norfolk & Suffolk Innovation Grant Mentoring Project

Free innovation mentoring and bid writing project, run by Norfolk County Council, Suffolk County Council and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), to help smaller businesses secure the funding they need to develop their project ideas. Innovation funding helps companies develop new products or markets. The project helps small to medium business owners or managers, including micro business owners and sole traders, who are based in Norfolk or Suffolk. Register your interest

Crafts Council Craft Business Resources

Online resources and advice for makers and craft businesses. Whether you’re just starting
out or diversifying an established business, our resources can help your business develop
and thrive. We’ve grouped our support into four key areas; Press and marketing, Social
media and content, Finance & Logistics.

Onwards Norfolk

Onwards Norfolk is run by Norwich BID, King’s Lynn BID and Great Yarmouth Town Centre Partnership funded via the government’s UK Community Renewal Fund. The project offers local business free courses such as digital and media training, and upskilling opportunities for the leisure and hospitality sector.

Norwich Business Support Hub, Norwich BID

Norwich Business Support Hub—based at The Forum delivers a programme of weekly speakers as part of ‘Norwich Talks Up Business’, and holds training and networking events as part of Onwards Norwich.

MENTA Networking Events

MENTA Thursday networking events are held at locations across Norfolk and Suffolk with monthly morning events in Haverhill, Bury St. Edmunds, Woodbridge and Norwich.

Norfolk EXPERIENCE Providers’ Facebook Group

Join the new Norfolk EXPERIENCE Providers’ Facebook Group. Meet and collaborate with business owners and individuals across the county, who have already developed experiences or are in the process of creating new ones.

Head East Campaign Promote Your Events

The Head East campaign showcases the vibrant arts, culture and heritage in Norfolk and Suffolk through an online events calendar, bespoke itineraries, and curated social media content. List your event(s) and venue for FREE on the Visit East of England website.

Norfolk for Business Twitter @norfolkforbiz

The business support team at @norfolkcc will keep you informed about grants, training & mentoring to help you grow your business.

New Anglia Growth Hub Free Business Support

New Anglia Growth Hub’s business advisers offer free support and guidance. They can help you find out more about the latest Government schemes and a range of local initiatives and funding schemes.

Go Digital Funding Programme

Go Digital is for micro, small and medium sized businesses based in Norfolk who want to make better use of digital tools to help them grow. Read more

Opportunities

NCW Emerging Translator Mentorships 2023

The National Centre for Writing is seeking applications from translators into English for the 2022/23 NCW Emerging Translator Mentorship programme.
The scheme matches up experienced translators with emerging translators for a six-month period during which they work together on practical translation projects, developing their craft through working on a chosen text or texts and acting as an adviser to the mentee on aspects of life as a professional translator. Deadline: 31 August 2022

Girton College: Cavendish Arts Science Fellowship

We are seeking adventurous artists who challenge traditional ways of knowing, engage with communities, and enjoy collectively imagining new possibilities. We welcome artists working in or across any medium. The Fellowship will last one year from October 2022, and will include a residency in Cambridge of up to a maximum of a year,  a stipend of £10,000, accommodation and meals, a budget of £10,000 to develop new work and travel to and from Cambridge paid for up to £3,000.
Deadline: 4 September 2023

SPACE Colchester: Studio Awards

Between February 2022 and January 2024, SPACE Colchester will be awarding 4 emerging visual artists, who are under-represented* in the art world, free studio space for 6 months to help progress their practice. The opportunity includes £250 towards materials and support to develop new ideas and experimentation. * Their definition of under-represented artists refers to individuals whose ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or socio-economic background may have affected their career advancement.
Deadline: 12 August 2022

Apply for Escalator 2022

Led by National Centre of Writing, Escalator seeks ambitious new voices in fiction (novel or short story). If you feel your voice is under-represented and would benefit from a structured period of support, then we want to hear from you! Escalator is open to under-represented writers of fiction at the beginning of their careers, who are based in the East of England (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk).
Deadline for applications: 10am BST, 19 September 2022

Escalator Roadshow

Writers who are considering applying to the programme are invited to join us at one of our free Roadshow events. These are a chance to meet the mentors, try a writing exercise, and ask your questions about the programme. Please book your place for one event.
Escalator Roadshow: Great Yarmouth with Kate Worsley, Saturday 13 August, 2 – 4pm
Escalator Roadshow: Peterborough with Yvvette Edwards, Saturday 3 September, 1 – 3pm

UnLtd – Awards for Social Entrepreneurs

Funding and specialist support are available for UK social entrepreneurs to help them develop as social leaders, and to start up or grow their idea for a social venture. Maximum value: £15,000. Read more Deadline: 30 September 2022

The Norfolk Business Awards 2022 are now open for entries! 

This year’s theme is ‘GROWTH’; growth for the community, growth for your industry, growth for your company, and growth of fresh new ideas and new directions. Learn more about the awards and how to enter.
Deadline: 7 August 2022

Could your business help young people flourish?

Norfolk County Council is calling on businesses from all over Norfolk to make a pledge to improve the lives of children and young people in the county.
SMEs are being asked to make one new promise or commitment to help local young people in the coming year. It’s free to sign up and support is available to help organisations plan and deliver their pledge. Find out more and make a pledge on the Flourish web page.

British Ceramics Biennial Award 2023

British Ceramics Biennial’s headline exhibition is a prestigious exhibition formed from an open submission that celebrates the vitality of contemporary ceramics practice in the UK. Ten artists will be selected to exhibit in the 2023 BCB festival. Each artist will receive £1,000 towards a presentation of their work, one prize winner will be awarded a £10,000 cash prize during the festival.
Deadline: 12 October 2022

The London Bronze Fellowship 

London Bronze Editions are calling all UK-based artists, designers, and creatives at any stage of their career to apply to the London Bronze Fellowship. The Fellow will have access to the foundry to learn from the production, either in person or remotely, and to create a limited edition of three artworks.
Deadline 29 August 2022

New Artist of the Year Award 2022

Entries for the New Artist of the Year Award 2022 are officially open! Emerging artists can submit their work for the chance to showcase at Saatchi Gallery and win a £10,000 cash prize.
Deadline: 31 August 2022

Two month residency in Prague UNESCO City of Literature

Prague UNESCO City of Literature is offering two-month residency stays for six foreign writers and translators. The opportunity includes travel, accommodation and a stipend of CZK 15,000 (approx. 600 euro) per month. Read more 
Deadline: 12 pm CET, 31 August 2022

Sir Norman Lamb Coalition for Young People

Sir Norman Lamb and Norfolk Community Foundation have established an innovative Coalition of Norfolk-based VCSE organisations working with children and young people to enrich their lives. By providing access to shared resources and opportunities, sharing good practice, raising the profile of the work groups do, and linking up with larger countywide and national networks, the Coalition will enable groups to have a seat at the table and grow as an organisation. Find out how to become a member

New Young Arts Professional FLOCK network!

FLOCK is a brand-new network aimed at creatives aged 18-25, emerging onto the arts
and cultural scene in Norfolk, Suffolk or Cambridgeshire. Read more

Events

ART // TECH // PLAY King’s Lynn Network Event and Fundraising Workshops

This autumn, Collusion is launching our ART // TECH // PLAY (ATP) network in King’s Lynn, connecting the town into the capacity building and creative tech activity we deliver across Cambridge, Ipswich, Norwich and online. All events are suitable for creative and cultural individuals and organisations working in King’s Lynn and the West Norfolk area. Read more

To get things started, the ATP Live event on 07 Sept will start to build a great creative network locally. Following that we have two not to be missed fundraising workshops. All of the activities are FREE to join and take place at the White Barn, King’s Lynn Arts Centre. Please sign up using the links below and we’ll see you there!

ART // TECH // PLAY Live, King’s Lynn, first meeting of the ART // TECH // PLAY (ATP) network in King’s Lynn – 7 September 2022,  16:00-18:00
Fundraising workshop – artist led projects – 22 September 2022, 10:00-16:00
Fundraising workshop – community focused cultural projects – 6 October 2022, 10:00-16:00

East Anglian Festival Network (EAFN) Show

The East Anglian Festival Network (EAFN) provides a framework to connect East Anglian Festival Organisers, Workers, Suppliers, Traders, Venues, Performers and Festival goers across the region.

EAFN aims to help build the relationships that will support our local economy and culture, whilst reducing environmental impact and promoting well-being and safety at our region’s events.

EAFN provides a membership scheme, a directory of Festivals, Venues, Suppliers and Stall Holders and a forum for the East Anglian Community to share information and knowledge across the community.

The highlight of the EAFN year is the annual EAFN Show (Conference, Exhibition and Showcase) in October. The EAFN Show is to return at last on 5 Oct 2022 and will be held at Ipswich Town Hall and Corn Exchange. Click here for more information on attending, exhibiting and sponsoring the EAFN Show 2022.

E-commerce Fundamentals – Understanding the keys to e-commerce, New Anglia Growth Hub ERDF – Online, 13 September 2022, 10:00-12:00, Cost: free

Learn about selling online during this interactive workshop about how to engage with e-commerce and help plan your path to business online. Book here

Digital Marketing Programme with Creative Quills and Footprint Digital, New Anglia Growth Hub ERDF – Online, 15 September 2022, 9:30-11:00, Cost: free

Two of the regions most respected agencies are on board to focus on the very latest trends in digital marketing & brand development. Read more

artpocket Introduction to Arts Facilitation
1 day a week, Tuesdays, one academic year, Course Cost: £1,650

This course has been developed in response to the growing need for Artists to work with communities, in collaboration with museums and galleries and provide activities within schools and colleges to increase creative and practical skills, bring people together and help with the general feeling of well being in others.

You will gain confidence in your creative practice, build your creative tool kit, diversify your skills, gain confidence and experience in the delivery and development of workshops and be introduced to the supportive and professional organisations that will help in establishing you as a freelance practitioner. Read more

Arts Connect – Leading Through Your Creative Practice
Training – Online, 20 September, 2 & 29 November & 14 December, Cost £500

An online leadership development programme for UK based independent Artistic and
Creative Directors with five years of experience in their sector.

ESF Funded Course – Leadership for Directors

The course is a highly interactive programme, facilitated by an experienced practising director. It provides a valuable opportunity for directors to explore strategic leadership issues both within and beyond their organisation, with a specific focus on the leadership role in small/medium-sized businesses.

This course runs for three full days and will be delivered face to face at the University of Suffolk on 28, 29 and 30 September 2022. Places are limited – find out more here 

TEA Break Sessions from The Audience Agency

Free monthly online TEA (Talking Evidence and Audiences) Breaks offer a regular introduction to The Audience Agency’s latest research, projects and sector knowledge – grab a cuppa and listen in.

itc: independant theatre council Training

itc training courses are designed to provide you with a resilient toolkit of essential skills and specialist knowledge needed to run a performing arts company successfully.
See the latest courses and book here

The Hour Collective: Coaching for Artists by Artists

The Hour Collective supports you to find clarity about how, where, when and what to do on your own terms – to explore options, make decisions, test new approaches, to move forwards. We work with all artists including visual artists, writers, musicians, performers, choreographers, architects, curators, designers.

Artsadmin Creative Support Sessions

Free one-to-one support service for UK-based artists working in contemporary performance, at any stage of their career. Sessions are informal and artist-led, offering an opportunity to talk about anything from artistic ideas and project development to funding and contexts for your work. Book a Zoom session with one of the team.

Digital Culture Network Events

The Digital Culture Network has developed a series of FREE webinars to support arts & cultural organisations and businesses.

Norfolk Chambers of Commerce Events

A series of FREE virtual events which support businesses to restart, rebuild and renew. Click here to see the latest events.

Funding

Grants available for Broadland-based businesses

Broadland District Council is offering two grant schemes for businesses in the area.
The start-up grant scheme aims to encourage and support new business start-ups in Broadland by providing grant funding of £1,000 towards the start-up costs supporting the growth of the business.
The enterprise grant scheme for existing small businesses in Broadland, aims to assist with their expansion and development. The grant is match funded and can be used to fund half the costs of a wide range of business activities up to a maximum grant payment of £750.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk Community Development Grants 

The newly launched Community Development Grant seeks to support local communities and organisations in both Babergh and Mid Suffolk. Community Development Grants can be revenue or capital up to 100% of total project costs (up to a maximum grant of £20,000). Deadline: 16 September 2022

Grant schemes for electric vehicle charging infrastructure

The government offers grants to support the wider use of electric and hybrid vehicles via the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). This includes The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge-points, for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations.

New Founder Incubator Grants Programme

The New Founder Programme is designed to help budding entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds start and grow their businesses into sustainable enterprises that have a positive, long-lasting impact on their communities. Graduates of the New Founder Incubator programme can apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to help them grow their businesses.
Deadline: 5 September 2022

Playable City Sandbox, Watershed

Funding is available for creative enterprises, artists, designers, architects and creative practitioners in the UK to develop prototypes of technological concepts that encourage happier, more cohesive urban living. Six teams will each be awarded funding of up to £45,000. Deadline for Expressions of Interest 12 August 2022

Norfolk Social Infrastructure Fund

The Social Infrastructure Fund is Norfolk County Council’s capital grants scheme for voluntary and non-profit making groups who are involved in community projects and initiatives that benefit the residents of Norfolk. The grant is for capital projects that support the Council’s Better Together, for Norfolk strategy, and that help the county with the challenges it currently faces, such as increased living costs. £225,000 is available for smaller projects of between £5,000 and £50,000, and £550,000 for larger projects between £50,000 and £250,000.
Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 5pm on 19 September 2022

BFI Doc Society – Features Fund

Doc Society is administering the UK’s national documentary film fund for features and shorts. The Fund aims to champion a breadth of bold and distinctive filmmaking across the UK. Funding can only be a contribution towards the costs of a film. Production budgets cannot be more than £5,000.
Deadline: 16 September 2022

Art Fund Reimagine Programme

The Reimagine programme is designed to inspire creativity and increase stability in the sector. It supports organisations to develop or refresh their work in response to the challenges posed by the pandemic. Grants of up to £50,000 are available to fund projects that will help organisations reimagine their approach to engagement.
Deadline: 12 September 2022

PRS Oram Awards

Development bursaries of up to £1,500 available to recognise emerging female and gender minority artists in the fields of music, sound and related technologies.
Deadline of 15 August 2022

PRS Foundation Beyond Borders

Beyond Borders stimulates and strengthens cross-border collaborations between music creators, performers and presenters. Funding of up to £15,000 is available for the creation, touring and promotion of innovative and high-quality new music across all genres and encourages engagement with audiences across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland through multiple performances and digital activity.
Deadline 19 September 2022

Scops Arts Trust

The goal of Scops Arts Trust is to help people to understand, participate in and enjoy the arts, particularly the performing arts. We are keen to find projects which widen access and have a lasting cultural impact on the community. We are especially interested in supporting performing arts projects aimed at adults and projects which will benefit all ages across the generations, not only children. The scheme will re-open for applications on 16 August 2022.

New Anglia LEP Business Transition to Net Zero Grant

Grants available to businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk for capital development projects that aim to reduce their carbon footprint and increase productivity. Grants between £25,000 and £100,000 are available. Read more

Fundraising Culture Change Programme

A dynamic programme supporting organisations to grow, change and secure their future in challenging times. The Fundraising Culture Change programme is a tailored consultancy package led by Michelle Wright, CEO of Cause4 and Programme Director of Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy, to support leadership teams, board members, staff and volunteers to build new ways of working.

Designed for arts, culture and heritage organisations, the programme supports leaders and inspires teams to work collaboratively, ensuring that they have the fundraising strategies and internal cultures required to survive and be resilient during challenging times.
Application deadline: 19 August 2022 at 12.00pm (noon).

Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils Pathways Training Fund

Part funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), training is being offered by a network of local providers to individuals employed by Norfolk and Suffolk SME businesses in these ‘must have’ areas: Digital Skills and Industry 4.0, Leadership, Management, Project Management and Mentoring, Customer Service and Client Relationship Management, Health and Well-being and Innovation training for new ideas, ways of working, products and services, Net Zero. The PTF will fund up to 75% of the total training costs, with grants capped at £500.00 per employee/£3,000 per employer.

Interested applicants are invited to contact sparc@suffolk.gov.uk for a copy of the guidance and the online eligibility form.

Pathways 50+  

Working in partnership with Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils and part funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), Futures for Business has launched Pathways 50+, a programme supporting local SMEs as well as individuals aged 50+ looking for quality paid work placements.  Employers based in Norfolk or Suffolk can access a grant worth £1,950 to support the recruitment of a person aged 50+ with the creation of a work placement.
To find out more please email pathway50@futuresforbusiness.com 

Black Equity Organisation Future 100 Growth Fund

Direct support, including funding of up to £15,000, strategic business advice, supply chain access, coaching, and mentoring is available for Black entrepreneurs and founders with innovative ideas. Read more
Deadline: 20 August 2022

LGBT+ Futures: Equity Fund

£465,000 is available through small grants to LGBT+ groups and organisations who are community-led and whose primary focus is one of their 5 priority targeted areas: Trans and Non-Binary people; Those facing racial injustice; D/deaf and/or Disabled people; Older people; and Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans+ Women.

Grants will be available for organisational running costs, projects and organisational / leadership development and can range from £100 – £25,000. Read more

Applications are considered on a rolling basis, the programme will close to new applications on 30 October 2022.

National Lottery Heritage Fund – Heritage Innovation Fund

Grants are available to public and non-profit organisations and private owners of heritage for projects which offer creative solutions for shaping the future of working in heritage in the UK.Grants of up to £25,000 are available for six months of working. Read more
Deadline: 27 September 2022

Under 18 Better Starts grants – Asda Foundation

U18 Better Starts is an Asda Foundation grant for local groups aimed at supporting a broad range of activities for children under the age of 18 which contribute towards transforming communities and improving children’s lives. Deadline: 19 August 2022 

Breckland Council Inspiring Communities Fund

Grants are available for local not-for-profit groups and organisations with projects that
address identified community needs and align to Breckland Council’s outcomes. Maximum
value: £5,000.
Deadline: 16 September 2022

Grants 4 Norfolk

Looking for funding? Try the FREE Norfolk County Council search facility serving both businesses and communities. Local, regional and national funding opportunities available. Register here.

Babergh & Mid Suffolk Grants

Business Innovation Support Scheme
The Business Innovation Support Scheme (BISS) will cover 50% of the costs (up to £2,500 (or £5,000 for the Enterprise and Innovation Fund)) towards projects that encourage innovation and economic growth.The aim of the scheme is to support businesses who want to innovate, reduce their carbon footprint and stimulate the local economy.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council Community Funding
Through the Community Grants team at the Councils, a range of grants are available for projects that have clear community benefits within the two districts.

Power to Change

Open and upcoming funding programmes for community businesses.

CROWDMATCH: Providing a match-funding incentive to maximise community business crowdfunding.
POWERING UP: Support for community businesses shifting from an emergency mindset to investing in future planning. The initial phase provides support for improving digital skills.
BOOSTER: Supporting community businesses to launch a community share offer with grants and match funding.
REBOOST: Supporting community businesses to raise community shares capital to aid their recovery from Covid-19.

British Business Bank Start Up Loans

Start or grow your own business with a Start Up Loan:

  • Borrow up to £25,000
  • Fixed interest rate of 6% per annum (per year)
  • Repay over a term of 1–5 years
  • 12 months of free mentoring
  • Government-backed

Creative UK Investment Funding

Start Up Loans: Creative UK has partnered with the British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans scheme to unlock new and important finance opportunities for people working across the creative industry in the UK. If you’ve started a business in the last two years, Start Up Loans can help you develop your creative pursuit, offering personal loans of up to £25,000.

Creative Growth Finance: Is a landmark fund providing vital scale up finance to the UK’s most promising creative businesses. Finance will be directed to post-revenue creative businesses presenting promising growth potential and who: bring change, disruption and new IP to the creative industries, harness creativity with technologies and supporting businesses, are talent led. Loans of £100,000 – £500,000 are available across all UK regions.

New Anglia Growth Hub Finance and Funding

The Growth Hub has access to experts and suppliers across a number of different funding approaches for various industries or projects.

News

The Arts in Norfolk: An Overview 2020-21

Read the latest Norfolk Arts Service Annual Report which advocates for the role, value, and contribution of the arts in Norfolk, illustrating the significant economic, social, and health-related impacts achieved by sustained Norfolk County Council arts investment.

In the wake of the unprecedented effects of Covid-19 on all our lives, access to arts and culture has never been more important. This report highlights the outstanding contribution that our arts organisations, community arts groups and artists have made over this last extremely challenging year.

Download the report here

New ACE Creative Health & Wellbeing Plan

Arts Council England’s new Creative Health & Wellbeing plan sets out how they’re going to work within health and social care, and promote collaboration between organisations and practitioners in the creative and health sectors.

The Culture Fix – Creative People, Places and Industries

Cultural and creative sectors and industries are a significant source of jobs and income. They are a driver of innovation and creative skills, within cultural sectors and beyond. This report outlines international trends with new data. It addresses issues in cultural and creative sectors in terms of employment, business development, cultural participation and funding and provides analysis of how these sectors contribute to economic growth and inclusion. Finally, it offers recommendations on how to capitalise on the role of cultural and creative sectors in national and local recovery strategies. Read here

How and why rural creative businesses cluster together, Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Cente (PEC) led by nesta

New research published by the PEC – in partnership with the National Innovation Centre
for Rural Enterprise (NICRE) – finds that creative micro-clusters are spread widely across
England, with around a third of all rural creative firms operating within a cluster. They have
also developed an interactive map tool that lets you explore the rural creative
microclusters.

UK Music Power of Music Report

The Power of Music report has been created to amplify how music can be used to improve
the lives of those dealing with illnesses such as dementia, depression, and other
debilitating conditions. It demonstrates how the use of music can support health and social
care services, create financial savings and help to achieve improved health and care
outcomes.

Baring Foundation – Creatively Minded: The Directory

This Directory of organisations working in the field of arts and mental health in the UK
contains around 320 organisations identified as part of research conducted for our Arts
and Mental Health funding programme. Organisations are listed A-Z and geographically
by county.

Julies Bicycle: The Creative Climate Justice Hub

Julie’s Bicycle’s newly launched Climate Justice Hub is a living library of arts and culture focused resources, case studies and information on climate justice – an issue where people with the least culpability for the climate and environment crises are experiencing the most devastating impacts.

It includes a new 27 page Creative Climate Justice guide to some of the key issues and challenges and over 100 filterable resources. Read more

Creative Industries PEC Spotlight on Creative R&D

A series of research and publications highlighting the need for investment in R&D in the Creative Industries. Read more

New Research Report Practising Well: Conversations & Support Menu

Nicola Naismith has published a new research report Practising Well: Conversations & Support Menu which explores wellbeing at work for creative practitioners working in participatory arts. Nicola says ” This is a critical time, creative practitioners will be living and processing their own experiences of recent seismic events whilst supporting others through participatory arts offers. A culture change is needed in the participatory arts sector to ensure creative practitioners are consistently supported in the work they do.” You can access the full report and alternative versions here.

Report: The role of the arts during the Covid-19 pandemic

Key findings of this report published by University College London (UCL) and funded by Arts Council England include an increase in creative and cultural engagement in lower income and lower education groups during the pandemic. Read more

New quality framework planned for social prescribing

The National Association of Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA), the National Academy of Social Prescribing (NASP) and London 2012 legacy funder Spirit of 2012 have together launched a project to make social prescribing easier and more effective. Read more

Culture: The Missing Link to Climate Action

A new report by Julie’s Bicycle, Culture: The Missing Link to Climate Action, says that the global creative community has embraced environmental action at local, sectoral and national level, which has grown substantially during the pandemic, and there is an opportunity now for government policy to draw on the culture sector’s creativity and power to motivate.

ACE – Building on Environmental Commitments 

ACE has published Environmental Responsibility: From Understanding to Action, which is the first stage of their new environmental policy and action plan. It summarises the environmental impacts and carbon footprint and what they’ve been doing to change.

Arts Council England Delivery Plan 2021-24

To achieve the vision of Let’s Create, ACE will publish a series of Delivery Plans over the next decade. These will set out in more detail the steps it will take to deliver Let’s Create and how it will resource them. The first Delivery Plan covers 2021-24. Its a live document, which will be added to and updated over the coming months and years. Read More

Creative UK Report 

The UK Creative Industries is the first report of its kind, exploring the power and potential of the UK’s creative industries to regenerate places, rebuild the economy, drive innovation and create jobs in all parts of the UK. Read more