Funding Opportunities

West Midlands Community Recovery Innovation Challenge

Funding available to residents, community organisations and businesses with innovative ideas to help West Midlands communities recover from the pandemic. The aim of the scheme is to support the best innovative ideas to help West Midlands communities bounce back from the effects of the pandemic.

A total of 20 prizes worth £500 are available for the best ideas.

The top three chosen will receive bespoke support and coaching valued up to £15,000 to help take their product to the next stage of development.

Residents, community organisations and businesses based in the West Midlands can apply.

Projects must address at least one of 12 categories:

  • Support the most vulnerable people.
  • Tackle domestic violence.
  • Deliver ‘people-powered’ health.
  • Widen awareness and access to mental health support.
  • Make education and training more accessible.
  • Help prepare children for school or early years learning.
  • Bring the young and the elderly together.
  • Support youth employment and skills.
  • Encourage grassroots culture, arts and sport.
  • Address homelessness or debt issues.
  • Increase digital inclusion.
  • Improve access to green spaces.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 21 March 2021.

Applicants must complete the short entry form available from the West Midlands Combined Authority website.

More details can be accessed at:

Online Residencies for Underrepresented Artists – Deadline Approaching

Online art residency opportunities are available to artists from anywhere in the world who self-identify as being underrepresented in the arts.

Catalyst Arts has four seasonal online art residency opportunities taking place throughout 2021. The organisation is now welcoming applications to its spring and summer editions.

Each online residency will be held on a website provided by Catalyst Arts. They are open to a range of formats including, but not limited to:

  • Digital exhibitions and installations.
  • Text-based work such as short stories.
  • Moving image.
  • Tutorials.
  • Performances.
  • Archives.

Each residency will last three weeks, and the selected artists will receive £500.

Applications are invited from artists who self-identify as being underrepresented in the arts, for example Black and people of colour (PoC) artists, disabled artists, artists from lower socio-economic backgrounds and artists from the traveller community.

Due to the remote nature of this opportunity, applications are welcome from artists nationally and internationally.

The deadline to apply is 18 February 2021.

Click here to find out more.

PRS for Music Launches Power Up Programme for Black Artists and Creative Professionals

Shaped by 80 Black music professionals, the PRS Foundation’s new Power Up programme offers targeted support to remove barriers for Black music creators and industry professionals.

Set up and managed by the PRS Foundation in partnership with YouTube Music, Beggars Group and the Black Music Coalition, the Power Up initiative has been launched to bring together music industry partners across all sectors to accelerate change and remove barriers for Black music creators and industry professionals.

From 2021, each year the programme will support:

  • 20 x Black music creators
    • Artists, songwriters, composers and producers who are involved in the creative process and may be working in any genre, based anywhere in the UK.
  • 20 x Black executives and industry professionals
    • Industry professionals working in any sector of the music industry, anywhere in the UK. This includes employees and entrepreneurs, freelancers and self-employed professionals.

Programme participants receive the following benefits:

  • Grant support of up to £15,000.
  • Capacity building and mentoring.
  • Access to partners.
  • Marketing support.
  • Taking part in the Power Up network.

The deadline for applications for the first Power Up programme is 10 March 2021 (18:00 GMT).

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