Information about arts and culture funding and how to apply.

Cultural Investment Programme (CIP) 2023 to 2027 

Through the Cultural Investment Programme 2023 to 2027, we'll provide grants for Bristol-based organisations and individuals to deliver arts and culture activities, events or festivals. We'll offer both project specific grants and unrestricted funding. 

Our vision is to make arts and culture accessible for all citizens.

We've used our learning from the last round of the Cultural Investment Programme (2018 to 2023), and feedback from Bristol's cultural sector to inform and improve how we distribute funding over the next four years.

pdf Read the Cultural Investment Programme 2023 to 2027 Overview (1.43 MB)

pdf Read the Cultural Investment Programme 2023-27 Overview Easy Read version (1.54 MB) .

The Cultural Investment Programme 2023 to 2027: 

  • has a total grant budget of £2,442,240
  • consists of three funds: 
    • Originators (1 year)
    • Imagination (2 years)
    • Openness (4 years)

Applications to the Imagination 2023-25 Fund and Openness 2023-27 Fund closed in June 2022. 

Applications for the Originators Fund 2023-24 will open in December 2022. Details will be published on this webpage and via our mailing list.

Find out more about the Imagination 2023-25 Fund.

Find out more about the Openness 2023-27 Fund.

Originators

The Originators Fund is currently closed for applications. It will reopen in December 2022.

Find more information about the previous funding round in our pdf Originators Fund 2022-23 Guidance Document (1.54 MB) .

Previous Originators funding

Imagination

Find out about the 12 current and 15 previously funded projects being supported with Imagination funding:

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the arts and cultural sector, the current Imagination grants have been extended by a year until 31 March 2023.

Openness

Find out about the 17 organisations being supported with Openness funding:

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the arts and cultural sector, the current Openness grants have been extended by a year until 31 March 2023.

City Centre and High Streets Economic Recovery Culture and Events Programme

Through the City Centre and High Streets Economic Recovery Culture and Events Programme, we're investing 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

Find out more on the City Centre and High Streets Economic Recovery Culture and Events Programme webpage.

COVID-19 business support

Visit our COVID-19 information for businesses page for advice and support. 

This is to help organisations, sole traders and freelancers.

COVID-19 event planning support

For information on how to apply for Site Permissions to hold an event in Bristol, visit EventApp Bristol City Council Go to http://www.eventapp.org/bristol/ (opens new window).  

For information on making your events and activities COVID secure, visit our Advice for supporting outdoor events.

Contact us

Email: cityartsfunds@bristol.gov.uk

Twitter: @Brisarts_events

Join our mailing list 

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This way we can send you monthly updates about: 

  • arts and events
  • opportunities
  • funding

Contact information

Arts and Events Team

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
Queens Road
Bristol, BS8 1RL
Email: cityartsfunds@bristol.gov.uk