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Arts Project Grants are aimed at supporting community groups or smaller organisations who want to deliver a one-off cultural project. Joint applications can be made with individual practitioners, but the lead applicant must be a constituted, ‘not-for-profit’ organisation.

Grants are awarded for project revenue funding of between £500 and £2,000. Revenue funding can be used to pay for project running costs such as venue hire, transport, training, staffing, or marketing costs. We cannot award grants that will be used to buy equipment which your organisation will keep and use after the project has finished (for example, cameras, computers, furniture and fittings for venues, or vehicles) or for constructing, repairing, or maintaining a building.

Professional organisations, community or voluntary groups, or societies may apply to deliver one-off arts, cultural or heritage projects which directly benefit Warwick District’s community and address the strategic theme of ‘Engagement’ within Warwick District’s Creative Framework. We recommend that you read the Creative Framework before making your application.

Engagement with the Arts can help us connect with others in our community, leading to increased social cohesion. It can generate civic pride, confidence and ambition, and ultimately improve health and wellbeing.

There are members of our diverse community who do not currently engage with cultural activity in the district and do not have the opportunity to express their own identity through their chosen form of creativity.

It is a priority of ours to improve the quality of life for all residents of Warwick District by diversifying the variety of cultural experiences and artistic programmes, and by improving access and increasing opportunities for people to participate in, and be inspired by, high quality creative activity.

With these priorities in mind, Arts Project Grants will give precedence to cultural projects which support the delivery of one or more of the following aims:

  1. Support grassroots, community-led cultural activity in hard to reach, high priority communities, especially amongst those who are under-represented in the cultural life of the district.
  2. Deliver cultural activity that has clear social, health and wellbeing outcomes.
  3. Provide opportunities for residents to get involved, participate, and create – particularly through volunteering schemes.
  4. Programme ambitious, high quality, inclusive events / activity which are immersive and provide inspiring experiences that exceed expectation and provide escapism and enjoyment.
  5. Promote the use of the contemporary arts and innovative digital tools to engage with the district’s heritage and tell its stories.

Grant conditions

Please review the Arts project grant terms and conditions of the fund before making your application.

Time frame

  • Submit your application by Friday 16 December at 9am
  • You will be notified whether your application been successful by Monday 23 January
  • Funds will be awarded by Wednesday 15 February

How to apply

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

Applications are made online:

Apply for the Arts project grants

After you submit your application, we will first check whether it is eligible. The Arts Grants Programme Steering Group will then assess it - looking at your organisation, your work, and the proposed outcomes of your project against the strategic theme of Engagement within the Creative Framework. We will also carry out a risk assessment of your application, using the information you have provided, to see if there are any weaknesses and threats effecting the feasibility of the project or your ability to deliver your proposed activity. We will then look at the overall balance of the applications to the Arts Project Grants in terms of diversity, range of art forms and disciplines, and geographic spread across the district. Eligible applications will then be shortlisted by the Arts Grants Programme Steering Group.

Our ‘Spark: Ignite’ creative forum hosts two events per year to showcase creative projects, provide the opportunity to raise additional funds to support a range of arts projects and initiatives, and celebrate recent successes. The Council hosts this event in its venues in Royal Leamington Spa and contributes seed funding. Public attendees may be required to pay a nominal fee to attend the event, which would be added into the grant pot. The event will also be used to attract sponsors and other funders who can also contribute to the grant pot.

One of these events is the annual Spark symposium in February (where project activity that will be delivered March – August will be considered) and an additional Ignite event in July (to consider projects delivered in August – March). Spark:Ignite will take place on Wednesday 15 February 2023 at The Royal Spa Centre.

Successful applicants will be included in Council promotion – social media, website and newsletters.