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Community grants for arts and culture

We fund arts and cultural activities through our Community Grants programme. 

All projects must demonstrate how the funding will reduce social and / or economic inequality, by removing barriers for city residents with the most need, to enable them to access arts and culture.  As well as this primary outcome, activities must achieve one or more of the following strategic outcomes:

  • Improved health and well-being.
  • Communities come together to bring about change.
  • More people have better opportunities to gain employment.
  • Stronger voluntary sector in the city.

Projects and organisations who have recently received grants for arts or cultural activity include: 

Arts and Minds is an influential leader within the arts and mental health sector of the UK. Their work has increased awareness about the positive role that the arts play within mental health care provision. Funding received has supported workshops and a public exhibition produced by adults with mental health problems.

Cambridge 105FM Radio is a local community radio station. It broadcasts a mix of music news and information, and programmes on a range of featured topics.

Cambridge Art Salon is a social enterprise pioneering equal access to art in the community, through platforms, projects and space. They support artists at not-for-profit rates, reducing economic inequality by allowing people to take risks and build businesses.

Cambridge Community Arts (CCA) uses the transformative power of personal creativity for positive change.  They offer art, music and drama courses in the targeting people at risk of social exclusion mainly due to mental ill-health.  CCA received a community grant to provide a programme of creative courses for adults with low incomes at risk of social exclusion due to mental health challenges.

Cambridge Literary Festival delivers two festivals a year plus one-off events featuring high-profile authors across the worlds of literature, media, science, history, politics, poetry, philosophy and children’s books. A grant enabled festival access for city centre children on low income and ethnic minority backgrounds.

Cambridge Live was set up to act as a catalyst for inspiring cultural experiences that everyone can be part of, the vision of Cambridge Live is for all Cambridge lives to be enriched by creative experiences. They currently reach over 300,000 people each year who engage in activities which include: Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge City Events and e-Luminate.

Care Network helps older isolated and vulnerable people in Cambridge to stay independent and keep in touch friends and their community via a programme of services and practical help. A grant was awarded to create an art exhibition with isolated older people, highlighting the issues surrounding social isolation.

Cambridge Junction audiences and artists experience and explore contemporary arts, popular culture and creative learning. They received a grant for a programme of community engagement projects including activity to engage disadvantaged young people through workshops, events, youth theatre and disability projects.

Kettle’s Yard aims to offer a unique place for art, music, learning and research, engaging diverse audiences through innovative learning and public engagement programmes. Their grant provided an artist in residence, creating a new artwork in collaboration with the community and engaging young people and their families.

Libra Theatre provides theatre workshops and showcases for people with a learning disability, many of whom have high support needs and need one-to-one support.  They received a community grant to fund activities that will increase opportunities in theatre and performing arts for people with a learning difficulty.

Menagerie Theatre Company is the leading independent new writing theatre company in the East of England. Menagerie received a grant to deliver a theatre project involving a mix of long-term and new residents, multi-lingual and cross generational.

The Museum of Cambridge is a social history museum that aims to tell the stories of all Cambridge people by engaging residents. It runs a programme of exhibitions, workshops, lectures, projects and activities. The museum received a grant to deliver a programme of outreach projects, an interactive website, workshops and training, and more.

The Pink Festival Group is a charity whose aim is to celebrate the diversity of the community through the arts, whilst making a profit to feed back into the LGBT+ charitable sector locally. They aim to raise awareness of issues faced by LGBT+ people, foster understanding between people from diverse backgrounds, and help combat discrimination. Their grant supported an event programme including workshops, entertainment and educational events.

Romsey Mill  is a charity committed to overcoming disadvantage, challenging injustice and promoting social inclusion with young people, children and families. They work with over 3,500 individuals and families each year to enable their progress towards training, work and positive involvement in the community. The grant they received supported music based activities for young people aged 10-21 at high risk of involvement with drugs or other risky and anti-social behaviour.

Rowan improves the lives of people with learning disabilities through the provision of services and meaningful activities. This was against the background of change that, quite radically at the time, sought to move people out of institutions and into the community. They run number of studios including wood, ceramics, print, textiles and mixed media as well as regular music and performance workshops. They received a grant to enable new music partnerships for adults with learning disabilities.

Strawberry Fair is a free one-day arts and music festival run entirely by volunteers. It takes place on the first Saturday in June. The fair received a grant to support activities including performances, and areas for children and the arts.

University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) is a consortium of eight museums that make their collections available through exhibitions, events and courses. UCM received a grant to develop a programme to increase and diversify engagement to improve the lives of local people through enhanced wellbeing, cohesion and employment opportunities. These include activities for disabled people, trips and tours, participation in local festivals, and more.

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