Nobody by Motionhouse image credit Dan Tucker
Nobody by Motionhouse image credit Dan Tucker

We are proud to announce that our Creative Partners are Motionhouse, Armonico Consort, Playbox Theatre and Warwick Words. These organisations underpin our cultural infrastructure, drive progress and change, and actively work towards achieving the vision of the district’s Creative Framework.

We look forward to working together and continuing to champion and promote the wealth of creative artists and organisations in the district.

Grant details

We want to work with cultural organisations based in the district who make a significant contribution to the strategic goals of our thriving creative sector. As well as being excellent at what they do and leaders in their own field with a regional or national profile, our Creative Partners offer access to expertise and innovation, sector leadership, and business development. These organisations underpin our cultural infrastructure, drive progress and change, and actively work towards achieving the vision of the district’s Creative Framework:

By 2025 Warwick district will have an established reputation as a thriving creative cluster of national significance and be known for its distinctive blend of rich cultural heritage and cutting-edge creative companies.

Residents will feel pride in their local area and be inspired by shared cultural experiences, which celebrate the dynamic, innovative character of the district.

In five years’ time Warwick district will be experiencing the positive economic and social benefits of creative regeneration. Our thriving, interconnected creative sector will play a crucial role in the prosperity of the area and support the ambition of Warwick district being the first choice for people to live, work, and visit.

We strongly recommend that you read the Creative Framework before making your grant application. 

Creative Partners have the full support of Warwick District Council and work closely in partnership with us to represent the wider sector, identify opportunities for cultural projects, and achieve the aims of the district’s Creative Framework.

Grant conditions

Please see the Creative Partner arts grant terms and conditions. To summarise, the key responsibilities of both parties are:

Warwick District Council will:

  • Work with the Creative Partner in a proactive manner to support them in their delivery of their activity and to work toward the vision of the Creative Framework.
  • Provide a 3-year funding agreement with an annual grant of £2,500.
  • Act as a “critical friend” to the Creative Partner by offering advice and support, engaging with its activity, and questioning its direction, operation, and activities.
  • Offer letters of support for funding applications as a match funder and provide advocacy.
  • Provide access and inclusion in WDC media events to assist with promoting the work of the organisation.
  • Provide notification of funding, projects, and other opportunities that might impact upon the aims of Creative Framework.

Creative Partners will:

  • Be committed to achieving the outcomes of the activity specified in their grant application and to work towards the vision of the Creative Framework.
  • Allow a WDC officer to attend the Creative Partner’s board meetings (or equivalent) as an observer on a regular or an occasional basis in order to monitor the performance of the organisation.
  • On receipt of funding, each year will issue a press release and list WDC’s support across all their social media and communication channels.
  • Prominently feature the WDC / Creative Partners logos on all digital and print publicity.
  • Actively participate in Spark: Ignite where key members of the creative sector, councillors, sponsors, and supporters attend.

Time frame

The Creative Partners grant reopens in April 2024.

How to apply

An open call will be widely circulated inviting applications to the Creative Partners scheme. Before you apply to become a Creative Partner of the Council, you must speak with the Arts Officer to go through the principles of your application and how you would help us to deliver against the strategic aims of the Creative Framework. The Arts Officer can provide early advice and guidance on whether your application would be eligible, but cannot assist in writing your application or comment on drafts.

Before applying, please read all the Creative Partner arts grant application guidance. The application form is timed to 20 mins per page, so have all documentation and answers prepared in advance.

After you submit your application, we will check whether it is eligible. The Arts Grants Programme Steering Group will assess it - looking at your organisation, your work, and proposed outcomes against the strategic priorities of the Creative Framework.

We will also carry out a risk assessment of your application, using your business plan, cash flow and management accounts to see if there are any weaknesses and threats to your ability to deliver your activity. We will then look at the overall balance of the Creative Partners in terms of diversity, range of art forms and disciplines and geographic spread across the district.