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Opportunities round-up – December 2020

Opportunities round-up – December 2020



We’ve rounded up the latest funding, callouts, competitions and opportunities for December 2020 – find out more below.

Thriving Communities Fund to support creative social prescribing activities
Apply by 8th January
Launched by the National Academy for Social Prescribing, the Thriving Communities Fund aims to support place-based partnerships that will improve the range and reach of social prescribing community activities – especially for those people most impacted by Covid-19. The fund will support community activities developed by partners working in arts and culture as well as other areas within the wider voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector. Grants of between £25,000-£50,000 are available to fund projects that will run for a year, including planning and delivery time, from 15th March 2021 to 31st March 2022. Find out more and apply here

Funding for local organisations to improve the outcomes of prison leavers 
The Ministry of Justice is launching a Local Leadership and Integration (Grant) Fund worth £7.1m, available to local public and voluntary sector organisations. The grant has been designed to empower, fund and support local leaders and agencies to propose innovative new ways of working together towards shared outcomes that improve the lives of prison leavers. There will be two rounds of funding, the first beginning in January 2021. The maximum bid being awarded is set at £1 million. If you are interested in finding out more, sign up to a webinar session for further details of the fund here

Collaborative theatre opportunity for people with lived experience of CJS 
Building on her experience of bringing Shakespeare into prisons, Shakespeare UnBard founder Rowan Mackenzie is now starting a South Yorkshire-based theatre company for those being released from prison or at risk of offending. Supported by South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit, ‘Beyond the Walls’ will be collectively owned by all participants and led by collaborative decision making. For participants, the project offers the opportunity to develop transferable skills, become part of a supportive community, and find a unique voice. To find out more contact Rowan at rowan.m.mackenzie@gmail.com

Poets with experience of the criminal justice system could win mentoring
Criminal justice arts organisation Drum and Brass is looking for aspiring poets with experience of the criminal justice system to enter a monthly poetry competition. Judged by artists with direct experience of the justice system, the competition is aimed at anyone with experience of incarceration who would value support to progress their work. Winners will receive support for their work in the form of mentoring with an established performer/writer, as well as entry into a national poetry competition and inclusion in the overall annual Drum and Brass ‘No Bars’ competition. Works can be any length and in any format. Find out more here

Covid-19 resources round-up from Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance
The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance has collected a comprehensive selection of resources that could help organisations deal with Covid-19 related issues, from funding and training to practical guidelines for arts organisations. Also included is guidance for freelancers, as well as both analogue and digital resources for creative activities. The page is regularly updated with new links. Find out more here

Free structured peer networking for cultural sector leaders
The UK government’s Peer Network Scheme is a national peer-to-peer networking programme for small and medium enterprise leaders that want to grow and develop their organisation. Delivered through a series of small group sessions led by a trained facilitator, this free programme aims to support participants to overcome business challenges, act on new opportunities, and build a trusted network of connections. The Hatch Ideas cohort has been developed to specifically focus on the creative and cultural industries, including galleries, theatre companies, TV production, arts centres, fashion designers and more. The programme is available to any business that has a turnover of at least £100,000, has operated for at least one year, and has between 5-249 employees. Find out more here

Want to include your organisation’s opportunity on our website?
If you’d like us to share your callout or competition, or you know of an opportunity you think we should share, please get in touch with us on info@artsincriminaljustice.org.uk.