Bradford's culture chief urges groups to apply for Arts Council England grants

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe

Bradford’s culture boss wants up-and-coming arts groups to flood Arts Council England with grant bids to tackle a north-south funding divide.

In October, an independent report criticised the body for ploughing much of its money into the capital, at the expense of the north of England.

Now Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, executive member for culture at Bradford Council, has said getting more Bradford artists and groups to bid for cash would be a positive way of trying to address the problem, while also boosting arts provision in the city.

She said she particularly wanted to see more people applying for its Lottery-funded programme for smaller grants, called Grants for the Arts.

She said: “It’s easier to get these and the more who apply, the higher the hit rate is going to be. We could do with more applications going in.”

She has persuaded Arts Council England to come to Bradford to run a workshop this month telling artists what they look for in funding bids. The details are still to be confirmed.

Coun Hinchcliffe said she would also be pushing for the district’s larger arts groups to continue to be supported.

Currently there are a handful of local organisations which are included on the Arts Council England’s national portfolio.

This means they get funding for a three-year period, which is due to end in March 2015.

Organisations supported in the Bradford district include Kala Sangam, Mind the Gap, Bradford’s Impressions Gallery, the University’s Theatre in the Mill and Ilkley Literature Festival. Together they get around £1.2 million of Arts Council cash.

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10:26am Sun 5 Jan 14

Hit the North says...

Great that Bradford Council is helping to support artists and arts organisations in applying for Arts Council funds. But Arts Council will want to see matching support from the local authority. Will that be there?
Great that Bradford Council is helping to support artists and arts organisations in applying for Arts Council funds. But Arts Council will want to see matching support from the local authority. Will that be there? Hit the North
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11:05am Sun 5 Jan 14

Albion. says...

Hit the North wrote:
Great that Bradford Council is helping to support artists and arts organisations in applying for Arts Council funds. But Arts Council will want to see matching support from the local authority. Will that be there?
Hopefully not.
[quote][p][bold]Hit the North[/bold] wrote: Great that Bradford Council is helping to support artists and arts organisations in applying for Arts Council funds. But Arts Council will want to see matching support from the local authority. Will that be there?[/p][/quote]Hopefully not. Albion.
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5:53pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Osgood says...

I don't know what miserable universe Albion inhabits, but for the rest of us a thriving cultural sector, well supported by a range of local and national funding agencies as well as earned income is a recipe for increased economic prosperity. Take a look at Leeds. Or Bristol. Or Bilbao. Or Bordeaux.
Or Berlin. That's just some of the places beginning with a B. Why not Bradford?
I don't know what miserable universe Albion inhabits, but for the rest of us a thriving cultural sector, well supported by a range of local and national funding agencies as well as earned income is a recipe for increased economic prosperity. Take a look at Leeds. Or Bristol. Or Bilbao. Or Bordeaux. Or Berlin. That's just some of the places beginning with a B. Why not Bradford? Osgood
  • Score: -3

6:19pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Albion. says...

Osgood wrote:
I don't know what miserable universe Albion inhabits, but for the rest of us a thriving cultural sector, well supported by a range of local and national funding agencies as well as earned income is a recipe for increased economic prosperity. Take a look at Leeds. Or Bristol. Or Bilbao. Or Bordeaux.
Or Berlin. That's just some of the places beginning with a B. Why not Bradford?
At the moment, VITAL services are being severely cut back or even stopped, meanwhile the council is still intending to raise the council tax. Expenditure on non-essentials shouldn't be a priority. Hit the North asked if the council are prepared to match funding from the Arts Council, I still say that they should put other projects first. If any individuals or groups can obtain funding either from the Arts Council or other sources of sponsorship, then I am most certainly in favour of that.
[quote][p][bold]Osgood[/bold] wrote: I don't know what miserable universe Albion inhabits, but for the rest of us a thriving cultural sector, well supported by a range of local and national funding agencies as well as earned income is a recipe for increased economic prosperity. Take a look at Leeds. Or Bristol. Or Bilbao. Or Bordeaux. Or Berlin. That's just some of the places beginning with a B. Why not Bradford?[/p][/quote]At the moment, VITAL services are being severely cut back or even stopped, meanwhile the council is still intending to raise the council tax. Expenditure on non-essentials shouldn't be a priority. Hit the North asked if the council are prepared to match funding from the Arts Council, I still say that they should put other projects first. If any individuals or groups can obtain funding either from the Arts Council or other sources of sponsorship, then I am most certainly in favour of that. Albion.
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