What the culture and events programme is, what we are looking for and how you can register your interest.

We're investing, through the City Centre and High Streets Economic Recovery Culture and Events Programme, in the culture and events sector to:

  • support Bristol's city centre and high streets
  • help the recovery of the culture and events sector
  • re-establish the city's reputation for creativity and imagination following the impacts of COVID-19

This page contains information on:

The Priority High Streets Culture and Events Grants Scheme 

We're inviting expressions of interest from organisations with experience of working with the community and other stakeholders to co-design and deliver culture and events activity in our priority high streets through to 31 August 2023.

Applicants must take into consideration the feedback from our high street engagement activity. Summaries are provided in the appendices below.

The aim of the scheme is to:

  • bring Bristol residents together
  • attract and welcome visitors to the high streets
  • support the economic recovery of the city

Before you apply, make sure you've read and understood the pdf guidance notes (186 KB) .

The appendices below provide a summary of feedback and ideas for each priority high street that we gathered from local communities (including residents, businesses and other stakeholders) during our engagement activities from September 2021 to March 2022.

Appendices

Who can apply

You can submit an expression of interest if you're a community, cultural or creative organisation and you're: 

  • Bristol-based 
  • a formal organisation, such as a registered charity or community interest company 
  • a company limited by guarantee

If you'd like support to understand the pdf guidance notes (186 KB)  or if you have questions about your eligibility, email business@bristol.gov.uk

How to apply

When you've read and understood the guidance notes, fill in the document application form (86 KB) . Email your application form and all supporting information to business@bristol.gov.uk

The expression of interest application window closes at 5pm on Monday 22 August 2022.

Organisations that meet our criteria will be invited for further discussion between Tuesday 30 August and Friday 16 September 2022.

Following these discussions, successful organisations will be asked to complete a simple grant application form and will enter into a funding agreement with the council.

Find out more about the Priority High Streets Culture and Events Grants Scheme

Come to a webinar to:

  • meet with council officers
  • discuss the High Streets Culture and Events Programme and expression of interest
  • ask questions

Register for a webinar on:

City Centre Economic Recovery Culture and Events Programme

The programme will provide project funding to support cultural events and activities in the city centre, across 1 or more of the 4 priority areas:

  • Old City
  • King Street
  • Park Street and Queen's Road
  • Broadmead 

What we're looking for

We want to support projects that:

  • create events or activities in the priority areas to increase the number of people visiting and supporting local businesses   
  • improve and draw out the local distinctiveness of the area
  • provide jobs, skills and training opportunities in the creative, cultural and events sector

We're looking for projects of different scales and creative forms such as music, visual art, architecture, film, history and heritage. Events where people can share, celebrate, or learn.

Projects can:

  • take place outside in the streets and public spaces across the 4 priority locations in the city centre between March 2023 and 31 August 2023
  • include an event inside a property or venue(s), providing the main activity takes place in the outside public spaces
  • be many activities including festivals, workshops, performances, parades, interventions, and installations    
  • be a one off or take place over a specific duration

How much funding you can apply for

£200,000 has been allocated to the City Centre Culture and Events Grants scheme.

Two tiers of funding are available. You can apply for grants of between:

  • £5,000 up to £15,000 
  • £15,000 and up to £50,000 

No match funding is required.

Applications for funding close at midday on Friday 23 September 2022.

Who can apply

The grant scheme is open to cultural and creative organisations or businesses if: 

  • you're Bristol-based 
  • arts, events and cultural activities are the focus of your application
  • you're a formal organisation, such as a registered charity or community interest company 
  • you're a company limited by guarantee

Find out more about the City Centre Culture and Events Grants Scheme

For an opportunity to ask questions about your project application, register for a 15 minute, one-to-one session on:

Apply for grant funding

Before you apply, make sure you've read and understood the pdf guidance notes (294 KB) .

If you'd like support to understand the guidance notes or have specific questions about your eligibility, email business@bristol.gov.uk

When you've read and understood the guidance notes, complete the:

For more information, read:

Email your application form and all supporting information to business@bristol.gov.uk