A call has been made for applications for a second round of Celebrating Age funding.
Celebrating Age is a joint Arts Council England and Baring Foundation fund, which supports partnerships between arts and older people’s organisations.
The programme will support cultural spaces and other organisations working collaboratively, in a partnership or as a consortium, to:
- Support arts and cultural spaces to be open, positive and welcoming places for older people.
- Take arts and culture into places where older people will find it easier to engage.
Partnerships or consortia may include those between cultural organisations and also between cultural and non-arts organisations. Lead applicants must be Arts Council funded.
The first round of Celebrating Age grants was awarded in February. Examples of the types of partnerships that were awarded funding in the first round include:
- Rural Arts' project to increase the participation of over 75s in creative programmes and develop a model of Arts and Culture – On Prescription
- Wiltshire Partnership which offers older people the opportunity to see live performances in libraries and community centres and take part in music, dance and visual arts activities.
- Wolverhampton Art Gallery which is working with Choices Housing Association, Staffordshire Arts Services and Creative Health (Arts and Health) CIC to produce Still Lively, a two-year programme of visual art activities, exhibitions and events created by, and with, older people.
- The Albany Arts Centre in Deptford which runs a project with Entelechy Arts to build on the Meet Me at the Albany programme, which takes activities out to six sheltered housing sites across Lewisham, in partnership with Lewisham Homes.
Full details of the programme criteria and application schedule are available on Arts Council England’s website. The deadline for initial Expressions of Interest is 31st August 2017.