Cultural Participation Research Network
Guidance notes for seed corn funding
Background to the funding
As part of the Cultural Participation Research Network (CPRN) we have a small fund available for activities and projects to support the development of the network. The aim of the network is to develop a programme of research and impact activities in the field of cultural participation, with a focus on collaboration between academics, decision makers, community organisations, artists, arts and heritage organisations and cultural bodies. The funding will allow a range of activities and pilot projects to take place in the Autumn of 2017, leading to the possibility for new work in 2018.
The decision of which activities and projects to fund will be taken by members of a panel made up of volunteers from the CPRN.
You may apply if you are part of the CPRN. To be able to receive funds you will need to be set up as a supplier on the University’s financial systems (some of you already will be if you have been paid by us before). People who are self-employed can be added as a supplier but if you are not self-employed and wish to lead an application, please discuss with us and we will find a solution.
All projects must have an academic partner, and we will prioritise applications that include a community partner. Letters or emails of support from all partners must be attached to the application form.
You can apply for funding in the following categories:
1. Facilitating meetings, ‘Salons’ or other events (up to £300)
2. Developing a funding proposal (up to £1000)
3. Piloting or testing a project or impact activity (up to £3000)
You may apply for more than one project.
Themes are in development and this list is by no means exhaustive, but as a result of our initial workshop we have identified the following thematic areas:
With all projects we expect to see a plan for how the work can be taken forward (e.g. through a funding proposal) and how it will contribute to wider discussions, questions or debates relevant to the network.
In terms of geographical area, we have a firm commitment to Wales, particularly the south Wales region, but we are also keen to see themes emerge that connect to the wider national and global concerns and possibilities of our time.
All projects must involve an academic partner, to ensure research is embedded from the beginning. Although evaluation is one element of research, we encourage you to view research in the broadest possible sense and think creatively about how to involve academics. If you would like to connect with an academic partner from a particular field or topic area, let us know and we can help to facilitate this. Although an academic partner must be involved, we cannot pay for academic time and they do not have to lead the project.
We do not want these activities and pilot projects to put unnecessary pressure on you, but we do require a ‘light touch’ report at the end of the activity, consisting mainly of a description of activities and next steps, identifying what the activity or project has done to develop the CPRN.
2 x Funding opportunities: Arts Council of Wales
From the Arts Council website:
The essence of Creative Collaborations is innovation and we have left it to schools and/or arts/culture/heritage organisations to submit applications that convince us that their proposal is innovative, additional and sustained.
We will require written evidence of the collaboration between a school (or schools) and the other organisations involved in the project.
Schools wishing to work in a sustained way with an arts organisation or other cultural/heritage organisations may apply for up to £25,000. We cannot offer funding to schools already benefiting from a Lead Creative Schools Scheme grant. We will award up to 90% of the costs.
Please ensure you have read the guidelines carefully before making an application.
Grants will be awarded three times a year, in the summer and autumn and spring terms. Deadlines for applications are:
Go and See
Did you know that the dandelion flower produces 200 seeds? Neither did we until google told us. Which is in no way a tenuous link to announcing that yesterday we approved our 200th Go and See grant! It is fantastic to see so many schools making full use of this fund to experience high quality arts all over Wales. Make sure you check out your Regional Arts and Education Network’s websites for more ideas of experiences that schools might like to apply for funding of up to £1000 to cover the cost of tickets and transport.
And don’t forget if you’re an arts organisation you can also send your local network details about events you have coming up in the new term to add to their listings for schools.