Fund opens for ‘arts for social change’ projects

Two charities have combined to cdevise a fund that supports arts collaborations for social change.

The Partner -Up Fund, created by Collaborative Change and Take Note to offer up to £30,000 per project, is calling for bids from organisations with a shared arts idea to enhance community life.

The initiative has been inspired by the momentum for social change begun by the Covid pandemic.

Collaborative Change and Take Note are social-change initiatives incubated by ftwork, a charity that galvanises new ways of working to bring people together and strengthen communities. They want to provoke, promote and celebrate extraordinary cross-sector arts collaborations which have a transformative effect on their communities.

“Arts organisations often struggle for project funding and support, even competing with each other” said Clare Richards, director of ftwork. “But, as Take Note’s innovative approach has demonstrated, when groups join forces they can create considerable social impact within communities. This is why ftwork is funding Partner-Up. We also consider it essential to prompt and support collaborations as a means of building identity and solidarity, particularly in the wake of the pandemic.”

Applications will be welcomed from October 5 from groups of arts and non-arts organisations working together, and the lead organisation must just be a registered UK charity. For more details and how to apply visit Partner-Up.


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