Our Community Grant Programme is a series of projects and events led by individuals and organisations across Gloucester, designed to bring to life the culture and heritage of the communities around us. We are looking for ideas that celebrate everyone’s history, tell stories and help us see the city’s history, places and people in new ways.
You can apply for a grant of between £500 – £3,000. This can cover your time and materials in making or developing your work as well as costs related to sharing it.
If you have a project in mind that sounds like it fits the bill but don’t quite know where to start, or feel you don’t quite have the skillset to take it further, please do get in touch as we’d love to help! We can work with you to develop your idea, or match you with an artist or creative that can help.
Our last round of funding opens on Monday 20th November 2023.
To apply please return forms A, B and C to us by the deadline of 8th January 2024. Note that forms A and C are very short, capturing contact details and monitoring information only.
If you would like to discuss an idea with us, or would like any help with the application process we are holding advice sessions at the following times. Please email us to book in;
Tuesday 21st November 9 – 3
Wednesday 22nd November 9 – 3
Thursday 23rd November 12 – 3
Tuesday 19th December 9 – 3
Wednesday 20th December 11 – 3
The programme opens for applications every six months.
We’ve aimed to keep the application form as simple as possible to break down any barriers to applying. We realise that text-based applications do not suit everyone, so if you would like to apply in a different way, for example via video or audio, or require this information in a different format, please get in touch with us.
In addition, we offer advice sessions to anyone interested in applying, to provide support with developing your idea, connect you with potential project partners, and in writing/making your application.
We particularly welcome applications from people who are currently underrepresented in the UK arts and heritage sectors, including those who identify as D/deaf, disabled, neurodivergent, LGBTQIA+, those from lower socio-economic backgrounds or living or working in areas of socio-economic deprivation, and those who experience racism.
Please note that you will be asked to complete an anonymous equal opportunities form as part of your application. This is because we’re asked to provide this information to our funders (for their monitoring purposes only) and it will be kept only as long as necessary and never passed onto any other parties.
Applications are reviewed by our Community Panel which is made up of representatives from across the city, including those from local community groups, arts, and heritage organisations. Your contact details will be removed from the application to ensure it remains anonymous during this process. The panel score each project against the following criteria;
This will be followed by a session with the panel and the core team to ensure that we choose a good range of events and outcomes.
If your project is successful we will support you throughout delivery including connecting you with relevant partners, with marketing and with all administrative and financial aspects. For example, if as a result of receiving a grant you need to register as self-employed, we can help you through this process.
If unsuccessful we offer feedback to assist with future applications, and where relevant will connect you with other partners that we feel might be a better fit for you. If we feel your project is a good fit for Voices Gloucester but needs a little tweaking we will help you to develop it for resubmission.
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