Cultural sector Build Back Better grant funding

This funding programme is closed to new applications.

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We can award grants of up to £5,000 to support arts and culture organisations in Kent Build Back Better from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Our priority is to support those organisations who rely on customers attending cultural events as participants or audience members. For example theatres, cinemas, music venues and festivals; however this is not an exhaustive list.

These grants are funded from our Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF) with a total funding budget of £425,000.

How the fund can help

The grants will support organisations to encourage people to feel safe returning to cultural activity as audience members or participants.

The fund can support:

  • research and development
  • reshaping business models
  • project delivery
  • product development.

Applications should meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. We will use this funding to try new ways of connecting with our existing audience, and help give them the confidence to visit or attend.
  2. We will use this funding to develop new activity or products to encourage people back into accessing accessing culture.
  3. We will use this funding to reach new audiences, customers or participants.
  4. We will use this funding to reach people unfairly disadvantaged because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For example people facing digital poverty without access to online content, or people in residential homes.
  5. We will use this funding to prepare for future outbreaks, and to connect to people experiencing coronavirus (COVID-19) or imposed isolation.

Who can apply

We welcome applications from:

  • arts organisations
  • creative businesses
  • freelancers that work within the cultural sector
  • businesses that work within the cultural sector supply chain.

How to apply

Applications closed on 24 January 2022.

We will review applications each week and you will hear from us within 2 weeks of your application date.

Any awarded funding must be spent by March 31 2022.