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City of Culture Community Partnership Grant

Warwick Institute of Engagement’sCommunity Partnership Fund" provides a small grant and in-kind support to local community groups and organisations seeking to develop and deliver events or projects in partnership with University of Warwick staff and students, as part of UK City of Culture 2021. 

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What are the grants for? 

As part of Coventry UK City of Culture, Warwick has made a commitment to ensure that: -  

  • Coventry citizens can positively influence and shape the city they want to live in.  
  • Coventry’s cultural offer contributes to the social and economic prosperity of the city 

These grants are to be used to fund: -  

  • Arts and cultural events which enable engagement with research on arts and culture, economic, environmental, social and health and wellbeing topics  
  • Events or activities which inspire conversations on the things that matter to you 
 Who can apply?

Warwick Institute of Engagement (WIE) welcomes applications from Coventry based community groups /organisations. The organisation will be responsible for delivering an event/project that will benefit their audience/ community between May 2021 and April 2022 which involves working in partnership with University of Warwick staff and/or students. 

We will consider a wide range of types of events/projects, but will be particularly looking for proposals that deliver some or all of the following; 

  • Enhanced opportunities for people from a range of backgrounds, who may face barriers to accessing art, culture, or higher education, including but not limited to age, disability, gender, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief.
  • Improved levels of wellbeing through engagement in community arts. 
  • Events/programmes which are developed collaboratively with UoW staff and/or students which will develop a longer-term relationship. 
  • Events/programmes that aim to positively influence and shape the future of Coventry / your community. 
  • Events/programmes which support Warwick’s Public Programme of events and monthly themes. 
 How can we support you?
  • We will consider applications for up to £1,000 (there is no lower limit) 
  • WIE can provide opportunities for and guidance on working with staff/students on your events/programmes and can help to make connections with potential partners within the university.
  • We can help with your application – email to discuss any ideas and how we can work together. We are also holding some drop-in info sessions - the details are further down the page.
  • WIE can offer support and training on running public-facing events and working with a University.  
  • WIE can support with marketing for your event/programme both pre and post event and opportunities for wider communications, including University podcasts, blogs etc. 
  • Got questions? Attend one of our drop in sessions to have a chat about your ideas (details below)
 What can (and can’t) the money be spent on? 
  • The money is not to be spent on paying for UoW staff time or research costs
  • The money can be spent on costs for resources, staffing, venues, transport, food and drink and other costs associated with putting on an event or project
  • The money can contribute to the organisations ongoing costs, as long as those ongoing activities contribute to the named project and a lasting partnership with staff and/or students at UoW.
Are you Eligible?
  • You must be a Coventry based, recognised or established group e.g. charity, non - profit organization, voluntary or community group. 
  • You must clearly explain why your organisation needs support and for what you intend to use the funding. 
  • You must implement the event and spend the grant between May 2021 – April 2022 
  • You must provide Public Liability Insurance, and work with Warwick to provide Risk Assessment and COVID Risk Assessment at least 14 days prior to the event. 
  1. Drop-in info sessions - 14th April, 15:00-17:00 and 19th April, 12:00-14:00 (email to book a place)
  2. Deadline for applications - 26th April, noon
  3. Successful candidates notified by 4th May (allow up to one month for transfer of funds)
  4. Unsuccessful candidates notified by 7th May (feedback will be offered)
  5. Payment of the grant will be made in a single lump sum before 31st July. After this date, no further payments can be made.

Terms and Conditions 
  • You will be invited to write a blog article on our webpages reporting on how the event/programme went. 
  • You will be asked to provide information for our evaluation process as appropriate for your event / project
Apply here using the application form. The deadline for applications is 26 April, at noon.


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