Access Fund: what’s in the form?

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The Access Fund opens next week! Ahead of that we’re going to give a bit of detail on what to expect from the key questions, and why they’re important to any funding application. Continue reading


Access Fund – Celebrating the results of round 2 2016

We had a really fruitful second round of the Access Fund this year and received an excellent number of applications detailing some really exciting Arts Award projects with young people for whom access and inclusion is an issue.

Big congratulations to the 39 Arts Award centres whose applications were successful in round two – many of whom are already starting to deliver their projects with young people all across the country.

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Access Fund: applications now open!

Are you an adviser in England working with young people who may struggle to access Arts Award due to their personal circumstances?

If so and you’re looking to pilot, embed or develop Arts Award with these young people then you’re eligible to apply for a grant of between £100 and £1,500 through the Access Fund.

Applications are open now via the Arts Award website and close at 5pm on Friday 21 October.

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The Chicken or the Egg?

What came first – the chicken or the egg?

That age old debate can easily be applied to when we have projects which we want to work alongside Arts Award. Whether within pre-existing programmes at the arts organisation or when developing new programmes there are two questions to consider:

Do we make the project fit Arts Award?


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Access Fund in focus: Soundcastle

This week Jenni Parkinson from Soundcastle writes about a community project delivered last year following their successful Access Fund grant application which allowed Arts Award to be offered free for young peopleJenni tells us how the Soundcastle team integrated Explore into their delivery with positive results!

In 2014 we offered Arts Award Explore as an optional extra element to our family community project Musical Beacons.  The project is based in a community centre in a Tower Hamlets social housing estate, and families with children of all ages attend weekly sessions to compose their own music inspired by their local area and identity.

We offered Arts Award as a way to encourage participants to attend every week, and therefore be able to recognise and celebrate their progress and achievements.  Nine young people between the ages of 5 and 10 took up this opportunity, and committed to staying an extra half an hour after the sessions each week for one term.  During this extra time we facilitated extension activities, such as opportunities to interview professional musicians, and allowed time for reflection and documenting of their work in the main sessions to build the Arts Award portfolio. Continue reading