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Fund set up to help Coventry’s arts organisations prepare for 2021 City of Culture

Tina Costello, chief executive of the Heart of England Community Foundation, with Emma Harrabin, programme coordinator for the Coventry City of Culture Trust
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A dedicated funding stream has been set up for artists and cultural organisations preparing for Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture in 2021.

The fund has been created by the trust in charge of delivering the event, in partnership with the nearby Heart of England Community Foundation, which will administer the money.

Artists, organisations, charities and social enterprises will be eligible for funding through two types of grant.

The first will offer funding of up to £2,000 to support activity preparing for 2021. This could include research and development, feasibility studies or training courses.

Organisations will also be able to bid for grants of up to £10,000, aimed at those trialling projects that may for part of the 2021 programme, or for those fostering new partnerships across the sector.

Emma Harrabin, programme coordinator for the Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “It’s massively important to us that City of Culture is delivered by and for the people of the city,

“The reason for launching the Coventry UK City of Culture Fund is to help individuals, charities and community groups prepare for 2021, allowing hem to research new projects, try new ideas or build skills and capacity.”

The City of Culture’s programme will be built around four themes – being human, moving, underground and reinvention – and grant funding will be prioritised for projects that have one of these themes at their core.

The fund will also take into account projects committing to the initiative’s aims which include closing the gaps in participation and engagement, improving diversity and equality, and connecting culture and health.

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