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Arts and Culture PB is officially open for applications with £7,200 up for grabs!

Posted on 17 Nov 2023

Calling all North Ayrshire residents!

The application stage of North Ayrshire Council’s Arts and Culture Participatory Budgeting scheme is about to get underway, so don’t miss the chance to apply for your share.

The public has already had a chance to vote across Localities and now the Arts and Culture Team are excited to announce this funding opportunity for all artists, creatives, performers, and community groups living North Ayrshire.

To apply, visit the website: https://tinyurl.com/ArtsCulturePB23 - the deadline to submit your application for your review will be (Sunday 7th Jan 2024).

This funding forms part of the council’s commitment on their ongoing community empowerment ambition to give local people a direct say in how money is spent.

The funding will be shared between projects across North Ayrshire, and these will broadly cover the themes of:

Community Spirit - Example of activity could include the development of new quality arts participatory experiences in music, dance, and arts workshops, for communities that may not engage in the arts. Providing opportunities to work alongside professional Artists, Artist in residence. 

Green Projects - Creative projects, activities, or events that are environmentally inclined, that support carbon reduction and tackle our climate crisis. Example - Staging of environmentally related performances/visual arts events that respond to climate change. Art activities that raise awareness of green issues.

Health and wellbeing - Examples of activity could include delivering a small-scale arts project, exhibition, performance or an event with an arts and culture focus. Writing and drama collaboration that contribute to stories or performances, dance projects, film projects, intergenerational work which can help reduce social isolation, increase the health and wellbeing of vulnerable groups. Up to £400 will be allocated per project, and it will be up to the community of North Ayrshire to decide which projects they would like to see funded.

Councillor Alan Hill, Cabinet Member for Islands and Communities said: “In the last PB funding round, those who took the time to vote helped make the dreams come true for almost eighteen Arts & Culture community projects who had their share of a Participatory Budgeting windfall.

“And this round, we are ready to hopefully receive more votes than ever before.

“Our residents know better than anyone else which projects will be the most beneficial to them in their local communities, so it is only fair that they have the final say on how this money is spent. But you need to be on their radar if you want a share of the funding, so please don’t delay, register your application today.

“Participatory Budgeting really is an inspirational example of community empowerment in action, and it has already made such a massive difference to many local projects over the last few years.

“It has been fantastic to see so many local groups benefitting already, and we look forward to this year’s results and the positive outcomes that this funding will bring to an array of amazing projects across the area.”

To find out more, visit the: Arts and Culture PB section of the Shaping North Ayrshire website.

It’s your money, you decide!