We’re interested in hearing from new voices and groups who may not have received public funding before. We are happy to support you with help and guidance.

Our friendly team will be offering individual advice sessions, networking events and presentations to groups to give applicants the best possible chance of success in securing a grant.

To book an individual advice session or find out about networking events and presentations please contact [email protected]

All organisations and groups applying to the Birmingham 2022 Creative City Grants Programme must be Birmingham-based and not-for-profit.

You don’t have to be incorporated but it’s important that you have a signed governing document, a committee or board, an organisation/group bank account and experience in engaging Birmingham communities.

The following organisations and groups can apply

  • Charities
  • Not-for-profit companies
  • Community and voluntary organisations and groups
  • Arts organisations and groups
  • Faith-based groups (including places of worship, religious organisations, or charities with religious values) – We cannot fund the practice of religion, or any activities that actively promote religion or particular belief systems (or indeed the lack of belief). This is because these activities could exclude people from accessing a project on religious grounds and we want all activities to be open to everyone.
  • Schools and Colleges – Applications that involve a school, or a college must be focused on activity outside of the curriculum and offer broader community benefit i.e. parents, carers, local neighbourhoods. Your activity cannot just benefit teachers and pupils.

Please note that organisations with a turnover of over £1million can’t apply. We will use the latest information available on Companies House and/or the Charities commission to verify this.

Individuals cannot apply.

However, you can be involved in a project as an artist, creative or in another way. We can help connect you to a potential community group/applicant.

Your group won’t be able to apply if you don’t have a governing document and bank account, but you could work closely with an eligible applicant.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has advice on setting up a voluntary organisation with a governing document (not-for-profit organisation).

You can apply to us to fund 100% of your project.

If you do have money from your own group or from other partners or funders, please tell us:

  • if it is confirmed or the date it is expected to be confirmed
  • where it will come from
  • if it will be spent on a specific part of your creative project.

We recommend that any ‘other’ funding for your project is confirmed as this will make your application stronger.

Through the Creative City Grants Programme, we want to support up to 150 applicants therefore we are unlikely to support more than one application from the same applicant.

This opportunity is funded by Birmingham City Council and managed by the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and so is only open to Birmingham-based organisations and groups.

Your group/organisation’s official business/registered address must be within the Birmingham City Council boundary. You can check whether your postcode is within Birmingham using the tool at www.birmingham.gov.uk/councillors/search

If your organisation is registered with Companies House or the Charity Commission, please check that your registered address is correct before applying.

If your organisation or group is not Birmingham-based it might be helpful to think about the Birmingham communities, you would like to collaborate with to co-create an exciting new artwork and the eligible groups/organisations that represent and work with such communities. These could be communities your organisation has previously worked with or communities new to your organisation.

By new artworks we mean the ‘creative works’ artists and communities will work together to co-create and present. The new art produced could be from a wide range of artforms.

For example:

  • Combined Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Crafts
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Music
  • Film
  • Photography
  • Digital Arts (art that is made or presented using digital technology)

If you’re not sure whether your proposed creative project is eligible, please contact us.

This Grants Programme will bring Birmingham communities and artists together. A community can be defined by geography, characteristics or common interests.

Your community might share a common interest, have a common characteristic or live close to each other. For example:

  • Communities with common interests: i.e. a litter picking group, a rock choir, a support group or local history society
  • Communities with common characteristics: i.e. a group for new parents, a youth group for 12-14 year olds, an adult disability social group, members of an LGBTQI+ centre
  • Communities that live close to each other: i.e. residents of a neighbourhood, a local community centre group, community library visitors

Please speak with community leaders about the project, the group’s availability and any associated costs before applying.

The co-creation of artworks is at the centre of the Birmingham 2022 Creative City Grants Programme.

Rather than artists engaging communities with their ideas we want artist(s) and communities to work in partnership to develop and create exciting new artworks together.

We want local communities to play an active role in the arts and culture they experience.

Please allow at least 12 weeks from the application closing date before you plan to start your project activities. Project activities can start as soon as grant funding paperwork is agreed and completed. Please contact us if you would like to discuss your project activities and timeframe before applying.

Both round one and round two creative projects will be presented between March and the end of August 2022 as part of the Birmingham 2022 Cultural Programme.

All project delivery must take place before 31st August 2022 with evaluation and reporting completed by 28th October 2022.

Yes, the organisation or group applying for the grant must be Birmingham-based and working with a Birmingham community, but the project artists can be based outside Birmingham. We are particularly interested in artists based in the West Midlands region.

We are keen to link communities and artists together to enable exciting creative project ideas to develop.

Our friendly team can provide advice and guidance to community leaders and individual artists linking them with each other and Birmingham-based not-for-profit organisations and groups.

To book an individual advice session or find out about networking events and presentations please contact [email protected]

Creative projects can be delivered on and offline so long as they are bringing artists and Birmingham communities together to co-create artworks.

Yes, you can apply to both the Birmingham2022 Creative City grants programme and Birmingham City Council’s Celebrating Communities grants programme to support your creative project. Birmingham City Council have a grants programme called Celebrating Communities grants. This programme supports initiatives which deliver against one of three themes: ‘Get Active’, ‘Ready, Steady, Fun’ and ‘Celebrating Culture’.

For more information about the Celebrating Communities grant programme and funding criteria please visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/celebratingcommunities

It is important that you do not apply to two or more grant programmes for the same costs for the same activity, this is called double funding.

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