AN app to help people find their way around Saltaire's many heritage features and a musical about Bradford's working class are among projects that have been awarded funding.

Bradford Council’s Large Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant Fund, which can award up to £15,000 of funding per project, has been designed following the launch of the new new 'Culture is Our Plan' strategy.

It is the first of two opportunities to apply for new funds which will support new projects, events and other cultural activities that will engage communities from across the district and also promote Bradford to wider audiences.

The programme is open twice a year with the second opportunity closing January 26.

The awards for this round is a total of £51,500 to eight projects will deliver initiatives over the next 6 months.

Successful bids included

Keighley Arts and Film Festival

KAFF aims to deliver a programme of Arts, Cultural and Heritage events from 8 to 10 of October.

They will collaborate with various local organisations including Keighley Pride, Cecil Green Arts, Keighley Creative for a series of events including the premiere of ‘Rombald’ - The Stone Giant at Cliffe Castle and a lantern parade following a series of workshops where people can make their own lantern to take part in the parade which will be based on Mythical Beasts including the Bradford Boar and the Cottingley Fairies.

National Literacy Trust ‘The Bradford Stories Bus’

Arts and cultural events for children and families who live in some of the most disadvantaged parts of the district. The events, led by local artists from underrepresented communities, encouraging and inspiring local children to explore their creativity whilst building their literacy skills.

Making Saltaire’s heritage more accessible

Providing funding towards a self-guided tour app for the UNESCO World Heritage Site with trails and visitor information to improve the interpretation and understanding and enhance the visitor experience.

Tim Smith: Island To Island

An outreach/exhibition project using multi-media to explore Caribbean culture among communities in Bradford. The project has four elements: community outreach, collaborative working, an exhibition at Cartwright Hall and associated development work for a longer term heritage project with Bradford’s Black communities.

Kirsty Taylor: Cashy C's : the Musical

The grant will fund research and development for Cashy Cs the Musical. This project will support the development of a unique site-specific theatre show, telling the story of people who live hand-to-mouth. Using an empty shop in the city, grime artists and new technologies - it will be a live arts experience.

Inter-cultured festival

A festival of arts and cultural performances, workshops, interventions and conversations led by local minority communities in the Bradford district. The festival offers an important opportunity for marginalised, under-represented, sanctuary seeking communities in Bradford to have a voice and showcase their talents.

National Science and Media Museum

Widescreen Weekend celebrates its 25th anniversary, with four days of cinema magic. The programme will feature archive film, stunning restorations, cult classics and high-profile guests. Yorkshire Games Festival will inspire future digital creators across three main strands; Game Talks Conference, Young Developers Conference and Let’s Play Family Weekend.

Jumping the Middings – Memories of the Seventies

Alongside Bradford born author Abda Khan, Bradford poet Shareena Lee Sati will deliver virtual creative writing and poetry workshops to people from diverse backgrounds aged 50 and over to explore and preserve memories of growing in the Bradford district in the 1970’s. The project will finish with two sharing events where participants will be able to read and talk about their work.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce the latest round of successful bids for funding from our grants programme. The Bradford district has such a vivid and diverse creative sector which has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, so it’s great that we are able to support these cultural projects to engage local communities from across the whole of the district.”

For more information about arts and culture grants from Bradford Council and an opportunity to apply for the next round of funding visit:

The deadline for the next round of applications is January 26.