New £1m Arts and Culture Fund for Essex

Arts and Cultural Fund: Supporting the arts, culture and creative industries in Essex.

The Essex County Council Arts and Cultural fund has been designed to help organisations and practitioners to deliver a broad and exciting range of work and activity to engage with and bring communities together.

The arts, cultural and creative projects, such as festivals and exhibitions, all contribute to helping communities recover from the pandemic and play an integral part in enabling the objectives of Essex County Council’s wider objectives.

They are launching a new £1 million fund to support Essex’s art and culture sector over the next five years. The Essex County Council Arts and Cultural Fund will open on Tuesday 4th January. It will offer artists and cultural organisations grants from £2,500 to £30,000 to deliver projects.

The fund will be open to individual artists and co-operatives, community groups, charities, community interest companies, social enterprises and private and public organisations.

Prior to the pandemic, Essex’s creative sector was the third largest in the UK, employing more than 25,000 people. It contributed an estimated £2.6 billion to the county’s economy. The new fund will support and rejuvenate the Essex arts and culture sector, as well as the county’s towns and city high streets.

Councillor Graham Butland, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Devolution, the Arts Heritage and Culture, said: “We believe that a thriving creative sector is part of a strong economy and one which will rejuvenate our high streets. It is my hope that the Arts and Cultural Fund will support the diverse and vibrant communities we have throughout the county.”

Applications for the Arts and Cultural Fund are open from Tuesday 4th January 2022 until Monday 28th February 2022. Successful grant submissions will be announced at the end of March 2022. Expressions of interest can be made now.

More information about the fund and how to apply is available at the Explore Essex website.

 

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