The Mighty Creatives (TMC) are part of a national network of 10 Bridge organisations funded by Arts Council England to use our experience and expertise to connect children and young people, schools and communities with arts and culture. The Bridge organisation role is focused on Arts Council’s strategic Goal 5 (“Every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts and culture”) and embraces a broad definition of arts and culture, including museums, libraries, heritage and film.
Part of our role is to support organisations to provide children and young people with equitable access to an outstanding cultural education including that which involves digital content made by, with and for children and young people (supporting the development of creative content, captured content and creative learning).
The Covid-19 emergency has required us to ask, ‘what is a post-Covid-19 world going to look like?’ We are in a period of huge change and the current crisis is having a significant impact on the cultural sector and our regions’ children and young people.
There are many questions to consider and changes to be made. We are looking to support organisations in the arts, cultural and education sectors to research and develop their digital practice with children and young people through participation (including remote participation), engagement and developing audiences. We are also looking for applications that aim to explore social isolation and wellbeing within the context of the current challenging climate and beyond.
These grants are for organisations to trial and test ideas around digital delivery across a 12-month period. Applicants will be asked to submit a digital research question that they plan to investigate through use of the grant, sharing how what they discover will enrich their organisation’s digital output. Successful applicants will also be asked to share their learning at an annual digital learning event.
We have grants available for £4000 each to support organisations and individuals in the East Midlands. Applicants may work with partners from outside the region, but the main applicant must be based within the East Midlands.
We are interested in proposals that will look at the involvement and support of Arts Award and Artsmark either in this project delivery or in future work. We will be looking for applications that look at the relationship between digital delivery and these two programmes.
This grant can be used to trial and test ideas, connecting with partners/digital experts to shape these. It can also be used to support staff time to build capacity and widen understanding of digital thinking, understanding and methods of delivery.
The grant can be used to fund:
The grant cannot be used for one off events and only one is available per organisation. It cannot be used to fund activity that is already happening.
To apply, please complete the online application explaining how the grant will help you develop your organisation’s creative digital thinking and practice.
This must include: