Create Church Street is a £200,000 Westminster City Council fund designed to support and encourage arts and culture in the Church Street Ward area.
It seeks to award grants from £200 to £10,000 to organisations or individuals to deliver creative activities like theatre, music, singing, dance, film, photography, visual art, making, creative writing or crafts for local people of all ages and backgrounds to take part in.
Applications might propose one of the above activities or a combination of them, a festival, outdoor event, performance or something completely new.
The programme runs from March 2016 to the end of July 2018. It is now in its 2nd year of delivery, having successful funded 13 projects totalling around half of the funding available.
We want to receive innovative project proposals that:
Church Street ward profile including ward boundary map.
For examples of past projects and best practice, please go to the My Church Street Facebook page.
The local community, artists, individuals, groups and arts and cultural organisations can submit applications for funding for arts and creative projects.
Individuals and organisations based in the Church Street ward will be prioritised.
Projects must begin within 3 months of an award being made.
We can't accept applications from departments within local authorities. Applicants working in partnership with libraries or schools, for example, should submit the application.
You can apply for up to £10,000 per project, although we think the average award will be around £2,000. The minimum amount of funding you can apply for is £200.
If the assessment panel feel it's in the best interests of the programme and its aims, we reserve the right to offer part-funding to some projects.
Funding can go towards:
Equipment may be purchased on condition that is used by the beneficiaries and it will reside with the beneficiary group or organisation once the project has ended, for its continuous use by said groups. This must be agreed with the fund manager prior to purchase (a valid original receipt of purchase will be required). All equipment purchased through the Create Church Street Fund is wholly owned by Westminster City Council.
In your application, you must show that you or your partners can match at least 10% of funding requested, whether in-kind or cash.
We can't support:
We can't accept more than one application at a time (unless you're applying as a member of a consortium where another party is the lead applicant).
Whilst individuals or organisations can submit more than one application over the programme period, projects can't run in parallel and the panel would expect to see a significantly different project proposal for any subsequent applications.
There is no maximum number of times you can apply to the fund, but please be aware that, in the interests of fairness, the panel will take the overall amount of funding awarded to individuals or organisations into consideration when assessing further bids.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7641 2409 for a short informal discussion of your project idea.
Following this, the Cultural Partnerships Officer may refer you to The Showroom for further advice and support if you are eligible. Find out more about The Showroom.
Prepare the following supporting documents:
Decisions will be made at the next assessment panel – these are usually held within 3 to 4 weeks of the closing date. Calls for projects may be open for up to 3 months.
The Showroom can offer further advice and support to applicants:
Local arts space, The Showroom is offering support for bids from local groups, individuals and artists who are keen to deliver cultural projects that address and involve local people. The Showroom is a contemporary art space focused on collaborative approaches to art making with over seven years’ experience working in Church Street with schools, community groups, designers artists in public space and on gallery and workshop projects.
If you live or work in the Church Street Ward and are interested to apply to the Create Church Street Fund and would like some support, guidance or just to talk through your ideas with a local gallery please get in touch! Email email@example.com or call 020 7724 4300. All advice provided by The Showroom is impartial and confidential.