Launch of Grants for Grass Roots community groups – 2011

GRASS ROOTS culture grants aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of Liverpool’s residents are being launched on Friday 27 May 2011.

Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Primary Care Trust have £150,000 to award to grass roots community organisations which can develop a project to reinforce the five themes of the Decade of Health and Wellbeing which are:

  • Connect…
  • Be active…
  • Take notice…
  • Keep learning…
  • Give…

The fund is aimed at not for profit organisations involved in arts and cultural activities, who can put together an initiative which has a positive impact on the community and the people who live there.  Maximum allocations of £5,000 can be handed out and interested parties can fill in the application form found at from 27 May 2011.

From the end of May, briefing sessions will be held in all of Liverpool’s neighbourhoods, giving an overview of the grant scheme, the eligibility criteria and advice on how to fill in the application form. Booking is essential.  (Times and locations of the sessions can be found below).

Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “We are delighted to be working with Liverpool PCT again to bring the benefits of culture to our neighbourhoods.

“Liverpool has a rich, cultural landscape, and this scheme gives smaller organisations the opportunity to create a real impact in our communities by putting a creative spin on health and wellbeing.

“By working together we can extend the benefits of culture to those who may not normally engage with the city’s cultural programme, with the aim of improving quality of life through the uptake of a healthier outlook and lifestyle.”

Chair of Liverpool PCT, Gideon Ben-Tovim, said: “The Decade of Health and Wellbeing is continuing the great work started during 2010, and the community grant scheme forms a key part of the overall programme to encourage people to improve their health by building the five ways to wellbeing into their lifestyle.

“The grants available will provide community organisations with an opportunity to make their own contribution to improving the city’s wellbeing through culture at a grassroots level, and I’m sure they will make a real difference to those involved and everyone around them.”

This scheme follows the success of the 2010 grass roots grant programme which supported 46 projects and in turn paid for 440 artists who produced work which reached more than 70,000 people at 907 different events across the city.

Last year’s funded projects, which were also on the theme of health and wellbeing, included storytelling in hospitals with FUSE Theatre, comedy sessions for older people at the Royal Court and local grandmothers who worked with Japanese artist Tatsumi Orimoto.

Deadline for applications for 2011 is Monday 4 July and projects should start running from 1 September 2011 up to 1 March 2012.

For full details about the scheme go to (from Friday 27 May)

Briefing sessions will take place:

Tuesday 31 May
2.30 – 4.30pm
West Everton Community Council, Old Faith Primary School, Bute Street, Liverpool L5 3LA

Wednesday 1st June
10am – 12noon

Parklands Community Library, Speke, Conleach Road, Liverpool, L24 0TY

Elect: East Liverpool Economic and Community Trust, 49 Ruscombe Road, Dovecot, Liverpool

Thursday  2nd June

Norris Green Community Library, Townsend Avenue, Norris Green, L11 5AF

Kuumba Imani – Meeting Room 1, Millennium Centre, 4 Princes Road, Liverpool, L8 1TH

Kuumba Imani – Meeting Room 1, Millennium Centre, 4 Princes Road, Liverpool, L8 1TH

Friday 3rd June

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ

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