PEACH West Norfolk Community Commissioning Programme- Call for Proposals

PEACH West Norfolk, is a Local Cultural Education Partnership (LCEP) seeking to support a range of activities and bold ideas which can help to realise its mission to provide: ‘ A rich and varied offer of cultural education activities for children and young people across West Norfolk with which to raise their ambition, wellbeing and skills’.

The Partnership has a small pot of money to invest between 2021-23 and expects to support between 4-8 projects based on the needs and ambitions of the wider community. The deadline for receipt of proposals is 10am on 29 November 2021 for activity starting no earlier than 1 January 2022. Click here for further information.

The Norfolk Way Art Trail – Artist Commissions

Norfolk County Council is commissioning dynamic new artworks to form The Norfolk Way Art Trail, a brand new outdoor public art trail spanning 250 miles. There are five locations to choose from and artists may submit up to two ideas. Commissions budgets of up to £60k.

Design a multi-sensory, accessible public artwork that will engage local communities, reveal hidden stories and inspire visitors to explore the county between October – March. Find out more and apply here.

Freelance Opportunities with The Garage Trust

External Evaluator
Freelance Fundraiser
Agent For Change
Application deadline for all roles: 19 November 2021Read more

Freelance Evaluator, Festival Bridge, Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Festival Bridge are looking to find a freelance evaluator for our CALSA programme. CALSA (Cultural and Arts Leader in Schools and Academies) is a key regional programme developed by Festival Bridge in 2015 to ensure that the benefits of cultural education are accessible to children and young people across our region.
The budget available for the project is £4,000 and the contract period is from November 2021 to July 2022.
Find out more and download the full brief on their websiteDeadline for proposals: 9am on 25 October 2021

The Culture Box Show: Artist Commissions

Culture Box Study would like to announce five new cross arts contemporary art commissions for Culture Box Show, their public engagement programme, comprising physical, virtual and remote activities for people living with dementia in care homes and care staff. It is inviting artists to submit proposals for the public engagement programme that will take place in March 2022. Deadline for proposals: 22 October 2021 

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Opportunities

This Autumn Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy have spaces for bold organisations to take part in two subsidised 6-month consultancy programmes, with funding support from Arts Council England.
Culture Change: is a programme looking to support organisations to create and implement inspirational new fundraising strategies. This dynamic programme will support you to grow, change and secure your future in challenging times.
Brave Futures: a business support programme enabling arts, culture and heritage organisations to make bold decisions for the future.
If you’re interested in taking part but are not sure which programme is right for you, contact
Applications for both programmes close 5 November 2021.

10,000 Small Businesses (UK), Goldman Sachs Foundation

A business development programme designed to unlock the economic and job creation potential of small businesses and social enterprises from across the UK.
The core of the programme is a practically-focused business and management course, delivered over the course of a number of sessions lasting approximately 100 hours in total.
Application deadline: 22 October 2021


BIPC Norfolk Upcoming events
Supporting you from that first spark of inspiration to successfully starting and developing a business in Norfolk. You’ll find more details on our Eventbrite page.

Accounting advice with Larking Gowen – Online/phone, 14 October, 12.15.
1-to-1 intellectual property guidance – King’s Lynn Library, 18 October, 14.00
Business Builder (with NatWest): Writing a great 60-second pitch – Online, 20 Oct, 10.00
Spotlight: Social media for business – Online, 21 October, 11.00
Business Break: Networking at King’s Lynn Library – 26 October, 11.00

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

Mobile marketing 101: Using mobile to connect to your audience – 20 Oct 2021 14:00-15:00
How to plan effective and engaging content for your website – 3 Nov 2021 14:00-15:00
How to produce engaging content and grow your Instagram audience – 10 Nov 2021 14:00-15:00
Successful digital marketing for engaging schools – 17 Nov 2021 14:00-15:00

Web Development with WordPress, Cambridge Regional College

If you are looking to start your own business and need a website, or are looking to upgrade your existing website, this course will take you through how to develop a site using WordPress and how to get good search engine optimisation to drive people to your site. The course includes how to use Google Analytics and Tag Manager. Read more

Older People & Cultural Engagement: Current perspectives
19 October 2021, 14:00-15:45

This event, which is led by CADA, the Creative Ageing Development Agency, in partnership with The Audience Agency, explores the latest research into the cultural participation of older people. Read more

Innovative approaches to Volunteering, Community Action Suffolk

19 October 2021, 10:00-13:00
This session will be an exploration into how organisations engage and galvanise volunteers and look at new approaches to including volunteers in your organisation. Discussion will focus on how volunteers, groups and organisations innovated throughout and following-on from Covid.

BEYOND Conference – where creativity meets R&D
20-21 October, Cost: In person £299, Online £69, Concessions £29

A conference where thinkers, makers, investors and researchers across the creative industries come together to explore the relationship between creative research and business innovation. Join us in Belfast and online for the 4th annual BEYOND. Read more

Inventing the Future Symposium
22 & 23 October 2021, online via virtual platform Hopin, Cost £25 (£15 discounted tickets)

Join HighTide, in partnership with Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB), for this virtual symposium that brings together theatre and change-makers with inspiring creative thinkers, artists and doers.
Featuring a two-day programme of provocations, insights and debate, Inventing The Future Symposium will tackle some of the key themes of our time: anti-racism, climate change, and new opportunities created by technology and innovation. Book here

Getting to know social prescribing – How? What? Why?
28 October & 4, 11, 18, 23 November

A series of hour long, online sessions, designed to inform and connect the cultural sector with social prescribing. These sessions are open to creative and cultural organisations and individual artists interested in working with health and well-being colleagues and delivering and developing activities. Read more

Theatres Trust Conference 21: Making Theatre Sustainable
4 November 2021,9:50-17:00, Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, Cost £90-£110.

Coinciding with COP26, the UN Climate Summit in Glasgow, Conference 21: Making Theatre Sustainable will show how, as we emerge from the pandemic, the theatre sector can and must play its part in protecting our planet and in advocating for a greener future more widely. Book here 

Covid-19: Changing Culture? Centre for Cultural Value
17-18 November 2021, Online, Cost: £25.00. Limited free places for freelancers and unwaged

How has the pandemic changed the cultural sector over the last 18 months? An online conference sharing and discussing insights and implications from our national research programme. Book here


Covid Continuity Fund for Culture, Suffolk County Council

The Covid Continuity Fund for Culture is a grant fund totalling £370,000.

The purpose of the fund is to support cultural and creative organisations to resume their previous activities safely, and / or to support them to transition to new ways of working.

The fund offers grants of between £3,000 and £30,000. Applicants are encouraged to apply for the amount that is required rather than develop bids around the maximum award.

All ‘not for profit’ cultural and creative organisations and groups who are based in Suffolk are eligible to apply. This includes charities, community interest groups and social enterprises.

Grants will be awarded on an ongoing, rolling basis, reviewed every 2 weeks. The grant programme will close when funding is fully allocated.

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Networks Funding

AFP Networks Funding is dedicated to supporting initiatives across England, the current round of funding will specifically support the development of “Giving Circles” – where groups of people come together to fund something that is important to them. They offer optimism to charities and the arts sector in their broad potential to increase individual giving and to attract new, younger, and more diverse people to philanthropy.
Deadline for applications: 22 October 2021

Peter Whittingham Jazz Award, Help Musicians UK

Annual grants programme for early career jazz musicians who are looking to undertake ambitious projects to develop their career. Maximum value: £5,000.
Application deadline: 18 October 2021

PRS Foundation Grant Schemes

Open Fund for Music Creators, Maximum value: £5,000: This scheme supports the development of ‘outstanding’ UK songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds, at different stages of their career.

Open Fund for Organisations, Maximum value: 10,000: Grants are available for any not-for-profit organisation based in the UK to support new music projects led by promoters, large performance groups, talent development organisations, venues, festivals and curators in the UK. talent development organisations, venues, festivals and curators in the UK.

Women Make Music, Maximum value: £5,000: Grants are available to individual women in need of financial support in creating new music in any genre in the United Kingdom.
Application deadline for all grants: 18 October 2021

Steel Charitable Trust

Grants are available to registered charities in the UK working in the areas of arts and heritage, education, environment, health, or social and economic disadvantage. The minimum grant size is £10,000. Awards of more than £25,000 are rare. Application deadline: 20 October 2021

Rural Start-Up Fund, Prince’s Countryside Fund

Funding is being offered to help entrepreneurs start new businesses in rural areas of the UK.
A total of £5,000 is available, to be awarded to one winning business or shared between a number of rural start-ups. Application deadline: 25 October 2021

Music for All – Community Project Funding

Grants are available to UK-based community groups that aim to bring musical projects to their local communities. Maximum value: £2,000. Application deadline: 29 October 2021

Ragdoll Foundation

Grants are available to support arts, cultural and youth-focused organisations working with children and young people in the UK through the arts, artists and creative media. Maximum value: £20,000. Application deadline: 29 October 2021

Film and TV Production Restart Scheme, DCMS

In a move designed to jump start the UK’s cultural and creative sectors following the coronavirus lockdown, the Culture Secretary has announced the launch of a Government-backed scheme for domestic film and TV productions struggling to get COVID-related insurance. Application deadline: 31 October 2021

Golsoncott Foundation

Grants are available to voluntary sector organisations in the UK for projects that promote fine arts and music.
Maximum value: £3,000. Application deadline: 31 October 2021

Theatres Trust Small Grants Scheme

Small grants are available for essential works to not-for-profit theatres in the UK that will enable them to be viable and thrive in the future. Maximum value: £5,000. Application deadline: 8 November 2021

The Hopper Prize

Grants available to individual visual artists based in any country working in any media. Maximum value: £2,500. Application deadline: 16 November 2021

Partner-Up Fund – Take Note

Take Note has joined forces with Collaborative Change and Footwork Trust to launch the Partner-Up fund, supporting and empowering high-impact arts collaborations for social change.
Groups of organisations with a shared idea for an arts-for-social-change project are invited to apply for one of two funding grants – up to £30,000 per project. Expression of Interest deadline: Friday 19th November 2021

Centre for Cultural Value – Collaborate Fund

Grants are available to support the development of collaborative research projects between UK cultural sector organisations and academic researchers. Maximum value: £20,000.  Application deadline: 24 November 2021

UK Global Screen Fund, DCMS administered by the BFI

Funding is available to support independent screen companies across the UK, ensuring a UK-wide benefit and addressing geographic imbalance within the industry. Application deadline: 15 December 2021

Film & TV Charity Stop-gap Grants

One-off grants available to individuals in financial need who work behind the scenes in film and TV in the UK.
Maximum value: £750

Business Innovation Support Scheme

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are pleased to offer a range of new grant schemes, in support of our local independent businesses. The grants are designed to encourage sustainable innovation and economic growth. Read more

Capital Investment Programme, Arts Council England

The Capital Investment Programme is an open access programme to support cultural organisations to adjust buildings and equipment so that they can operate safely post-pandemic and improve access, seize on technological opportunities, and reduce environmental impact. Find out more and apply

East Suffolk Plan for the Future Grant

Delivered by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and East Suffolk Council, the new ‘Plan for the Future’ scheme begins on Monday 27 September and provides support to businesses in East Suffolk which have been severely affected by Covid-19 and the subsequent restrictions. Read more

Business Support & Opportunities

Head East Campaign update: How to promote your autumn events

Head East, a new regional cultural tourism campaign to showcase the rich diversity and quality of arts, culture and heritage in Norfolk and Suffolk.

The PR team will be promoting events for the autumn to regional/ local outlets across print, online and broadcast, and to select national titles. If you would like to be included, please provide the following information:

Fully Funded Start-up Training

Starting a business from scratch or transferring your skills to become a freelancer or sole trader is a big step – but there’s lots of help on offer.

MENTA run an award-winning start-up support and training package fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and available free, subject to certain eligibility criteria. Over three workshops you will cover planning, marketing and bookkeeping.

Nwes offer a free two-day workshop which will improve your understanding of the steps you need to take to start a successful business and avoid some of the common pitfalls facing start-ups. For more details see 1st Steps to Start-up

Supporting businesses on the journey to Net Zero, New Anglia LEP

Ahead of the COP 26 summit in the UK in November, the New Anglia LEP Clean Growth for Business programme will help you learn more about the actions you can take on the journey to Net Zero. We will be delivering free webinars full of practical tips, producing a regular podcast and our website is home to lots of free resources to help you learn more. For more details and to use the free online learning tools, visit: Clean Growth for business – New Anglia

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.

Business & IP Centre Norfolk Events

The Business & IP Centre Norfolk has developed a free dedicated online programme of business support open to all business owners.

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

Employer Training Incentive Programme

Employer Training Incentive Programme (ETIP) is a delegated training grant programme, aiming to assist Norfolk SMEs (less than 250 employees) in sectors that have been most effected or highlighted by COVID-19. Businesses, including self-employed business owners, will be able to use the grant to increase their employees’ skills level whilst supporting the diversification, growth or survival of the organisation. Read more

Reopening Norfolk Safely: Norfolk County Council Guidance for businesses 

Everyone in Norfolk needs to feel that no matter where they go in in the county their safety is paramount, whether they are residents, visitors or holidaymakers.

Norfolk County Council has created a toolkit providing all the information and tools you need to help you to reopen your business safely this spring.

Download the toolkit here

Creative Unlimited Business & Entrepreneurs Support Programme

The Creative Unlimited project is designed to help economic recovery and growth in the creative, cultural and digital sectors in Norfolk and Suffolk and is a partnership between New Anglia LEP, University of East Anglia, Norwich University of the Arts, University of Suffolk, Suffolk County Council and Norfolk County Council (as part of the legacy of the StartEast programme). The project will help organisations and individuals develop and showcase their creative ventures through bespoke business workshops, masterclasses, mentoring and direct support.

Help for small businesses to secure innovation grants

New Anglia LEP are supporting a free innovation mentoring and bid writing scheme to help smaller businesses secure the funding they need to develop their project ideas. The scheme helps small to medium business owners or managers, including micro business owners and sole traders, who are based in Norfolk or Suffolk.
Find out more here.

Job Support Programme Online Hub

Looking for work? Need support with skills or finance in your business? Looking for mental health and wellbeing resources?

The New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and New Anglia Growth Hub new Job Support Programme online hub brings details of job opportunities, training providers and support networks into one place, with an interactive support finder to help you find the information you need.