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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.

There are two online application support workshops you can book:
Tuesday 28 September 2021, 1:00pm-2.30pm (this workshop will be aimed at emerging artists)
Monday 4 October 2021, 6:00pm-8.30pm (this workshop will be aimed at a general level / more experienced artists)
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.

Calling all creatives, The Library Presents open call for Spring 2022

The Library Presents are looking for artists, performers and creatives to suggest in-person performances and participatory workshops to include in their exciting new menu for Spring 2022 (April to June).
Digital ‘wraparound’ material (Zoom workshops or live streaming etc.) is also encouraged. Read more
Deadline for expressions of interest: 24 September 2021

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:

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.

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.

Intellectual property guidance, 16 & 24 September
Intellectual property (IP) is any original creation that can be bought or sold. If you are a business person, an inventor, an artist or an author, IP will affect you. Our certified IP trained staff will provide 1-to-1 guidance on a range of intellectual property topics up to, but not including, legal advice. Book here

New season of Spotlight workshops
Our popular bite-sized Spotlight workshops are returning, the autumn season includes Business planning, Social media for business and Building customer relationships.

Preparing a Winning Bid

23 September 2021, Online, 12:00 – 13:30, Free event
Discover what it takes to prepare & submit winning innovation funding bids. Our experts will teach you how to choose the funding pot which most suits your idea and how best to write your bid. Book here

Free HdK Online Webinars

How To Use TikTok As An Arts Organisation, 24 August 2021, 10.30-11.30
How To Improve Your Online Accessibility, 21 Sep 2021, 10.30-11.30

Thriving Communities Webinar Series, National Association for Social Prescribing

Art by Post: Of Home and Hope workshop – 21 September, 15:00 – 16:00

DRIVE is a new business mentoring and funding support programme for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Norfolk and Suffolk. The programme provides local businesses with access to a grant to invest in new business development that leads to job creation. Go to About DRIVE for more information including who is eligible and how to apply.

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

Audience of the Future – Design Foundations 2 Competition

UK businesses, working alone or in collaboration with a research base or the third sector, can apply for funding for early-stage, human-centred design projects in creative or immersive experiences. Maximum value: £50,000. Read more
Deadline: 29 September 2021

Department for Education Flexi-job Apprenticeship Offer

Sectors including the creative, agriculture and construction industries can bid for funding to support the creation of new flexible apprenticeships, unlocking opportunities for people in England to develop the skills needed to secure employment. Organisations can apply for funding of between £100,000 and £1 million to set up new flexi-job apprenticeship agencies. Read more
Deadline: 6 October 2021

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. For any businesses or entrepreneurs interested in what this support could mean for you, register your interest here.

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.