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Investing in Bristol’s culture and events sector

Investing in Bristol’s culture and events sector

Grants available to the culture and events sector will give a much-needed boost to the city’s arts and creativity, and the recovery of the Bristol’s city centre and high streets.

Thursday 21 April 2022.

The Cultural Investment Programme 2023-27 and the City Centre and High Streets Recovery and Renewal programme are now open to applications.
As part of the council’s ongoing commitment and investment to culture, the city’s Cultural Investment Programme 2023-27 has relaunched for a second round of funding.

The Cultural Investment Programme 2023-27 will provide project grants, as well as unrestricted funding to support Bristol’s cultural organisations, festivals, events, artists and the citizens they work with. The vision for the programme is to make arts and culture accessible to all.

From 2023, the Cultural Investment Programme will distribute £2,442,240 over four years in Bristol’s arts and culture sector through three types of grant: Openness (four year), Imagination (two year) and Originators (one year). The new programme has been reviewed and improved following feedback from people working in the sector.

The Imagination 2023-25 and Openness 2023-27 funds are now open to applications. The Originators Fund 2023-24 will open for applications later this year.

More information about the Cultural Investment Programme 2023-27 is available on the council's Arts and Culture Funding webpage.

Two streams of funding are also available to Bristol’s creative and cultural sector through the City Centre and High Streets Recovery and Renewal programme. This programme will provide project funding to support cultural events and activities in the city centre, across one or more of the four priority areas: Old City, King Street, Park Street and Queen’s Road, and Broadmead.

Tenders are invited for the first city centre headline cultural project commission for 2022/23, worth £100,000, and the City Centre Culture and Events Grant scheme is now open to applications for grants of between £15,000 and £50,000.

Councillor Craig Cheney, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet member for Finance, Governance and Performance, said: “Following an uncertain couple of years for the creative industries, it’s more important than ever that we continue to support arts and cultural activity in the city. Our grant programmes will support the recovery of the arts and culture sector and also businesses across the city centre and Bristol’s high streets. At the same time, we will nurture Bristol’s national and international reputation as a creative cultural city, to actively advance equality and diversity, and to respond creatively to need and support social change.”

£300,000 has been allocated to the City Centre Culture and Events Grant scheme, which is being delivered as one of the activities under the £4.725 million City Centre and High Streets Recovery and Renewal programme, funded by Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority’s Love our High Street project, to help the city centre and high streets as we recover from the COVID 19 pandemic.

Further information can be found on the council’s City Centre and High Streets Culture and Events Grant scheme webpage.
 

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