Arts funding up for grabs
Second round of applications now open
IF you have a big idea for a new arts activity in Corby’s communities, now’s your chance to claim funding for it.
If you’re inspired to make a work of art, put on new arts activities in your neighbourhood or run your own festival, the Made in Corby ‘Big Ideas’ fund could pay towards the project.
There are no limits to the Big Ideas – they can be literally anything you can imagine and involve any art form, such as music, dance, film, painting, photography, the spoken or written word, sculpture, crafts or textiles. What Big Ideas must be is innovative, ambitious and high quality and they must involve people in the Corby community.
This second round of funding is up for grabs now – up to £5,000 is available – and closes Friday October 30. In the first round, four projects won a grant, including the Shakespeare-themed outdoor Much Ado About Corby event that was organised by a talented group of 16-25-year-olds at Coronation Park last Saturday.
Applications will be assessed by a panel of local people – community members, a representative from the Made In Corby Consortium and staff and independent arts professionals.
A free Big Ideas application support event is being held at Lodge Park Academy on Wednesday September 16, 6.30- 8.30pm, and is the ideal opportunity for interested groups or individuals to go along and ask questions, to find out more before making an application.
Helen Willmott, programme manager at Made in Corby, said: “Made in Corby is first and foremost community-led so we’re here to help people apply for funding and get the support they need to start up and develop new community arts activities.
“Our role is to help remove the barriers that make it hard for people to get funding for creative activities locally.”
Made in Corby needs to know how many people are going to the application support event on September 16, so book your place in advance. Email Made in Corby on: firstname.lastname@example.org call: 01536 267895 or register at: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/big-ideas-support-event-registration-17878529162?aff=efbevent
Made in Corby is funded by Arts Council England, as part of its national Creative People and Places programme. The Made in Corby consortium includes Groundwork Northamptonshire, Corby Cube Theatre Trust, Corby Community Arts, Corby Unity and Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership.
Pictured above – MUCH ADO ABOUT LOCAL ARTS: The talented Core Producers group won Made in Corby Big Ideas first round funding for their Shakespeare-themed free event that drew a delighted audience to Coronation Park last weekend, as the photo shows.