Today’s guest post is by Andrew Ward, Cultural Development Officer at Essex County Council.
“Essex County Council manages two grants schemes, the Culture in Essex Small Grants and the Cultural Strategic Grants. The Culture in Essex Small Grants offers up to £2500 for heritage and arts projects delivered in Essex (excluding Southend and Thurrock) with deadlines of 31st March and 31st October. The scheme does not support applications for purely capital costs and is more geared towards enabling community focused programmes of work to take place in Essex. Local authorities cannot directly apply (although Friends groups and project partners can) and any projects with schools need to be extra-curricular.
Previous successful applicants include The Munnings Art Museum where funding was awarded to develop a nature trail on the grounds and the Saffron Walden Museum Society to support a community collection project. Saffron Walden Museum said:
“The museum is delighted to have been awarded a small grant. The additional funding will enable the Museum to dedicate the time and resources needed to work with the community of Uttlesford to create an exhibition that really brings to life the stories of numerous local people’s collections and to share these stories with the visiting public.”
Another strand of the small grants is the Personal Development Grant. This is aimed at individuals and contributes up to £250 towards personal development activities including field research, continuous professional development and project feasibility trials.
The Cultural Strategic Grants offer £2500 and above to cultural organisations who are able to deliver strategic programmes of cultural work across the county.
Only organisations can apply and need to be constituted, have appropriate health and safety and equality policies in place and have audited accounts.
The scheme is open for submissions from July 2015, with a deadline of 30th September 2015 to support programmes of work which would be delivered in the financial year of April 2016/17.