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Culture and Wellbeing Grants Launch

‘Wellbeing – Looking Back, Thinking Forward’


GRASS ROOTS culture grants aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of Liverpool’s residents were launched Friday 3 August 2012 as part of the Decade of Health and Wellbeing.


Liverpool Primary Care Trust and Liverpool City Council have £125,000 to award to grass roots community organisations which can develop a project around the framework of the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing,’ which are:


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


The fund is aimed at not-for-profit organisations who have imaginative projects for reflecting on wellbeing through arts and cultural activities in ways which engage communities in these issues.


This year the grass roots programme will help the delivery of projects that respond to the specific theme of “Wellbeing - Thinking Back, Looking Forward” using arts and culture, and the ‘Five Ways to Health and Wellbeing’ as a framework.  The theme focuses on mental health and wellbeing encouraging reflection on what this has meant in our past and looking forward to discuss what wellbeing means for individuals and communities now and in the future.


Chair of Liverpool PCT, Gideon Ben-Tovim, said: “Communities in Liverpool are bursting with creativity and I’m really looking forward to seeing their ideas for this programme. It is an example of how organisations are coming together to bring innovative projects forward as part of the Decade of Health and Wellbeing. The projects we support with these grants will bring discussions on wellbeing into every corner of the city and bring the ‘Five Ways to Health and Wellbeing’ alive in new ways.


Interested parties are invited to fill in the application form at www.liverpool.gov.uk/acip for funding of up to £5000, though larger awards may be granted if the project proposals are felt to have a strategic impact.


Innovative and inspirational ideas and proposals for a variety of projects are being sought. The project will finish with a curated celebration of the programme of work at one of the city’s cultural locations in which  all organisations receiving funds are expected to contribute, either through performance, attendance, display or other creative input.


During August, 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 via Linda.conroy@liverpool.gov.uk 0151 600 2971.

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. 


“Once again we are delighted to be offering grants to the smaller scale organisations of the city. Our partnership with Liverpool Primary Care Trust has proven to pay dividends in getting people involved in culture, opening their eyes to the effects on wellbeing that creative activity has.  I’m sure that this will be an immensely successful programme and look forward to receiving proposals from all our neighbourhoods.


This scheme follows the success of the 2010 grass roots grant programme – the last programme for which evaluated figures are available -  which supported 46 projects and 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, included:


Movema- Creation of  3 outreach (non-city centre based) Movema World dance hubs in Everton, Kensington and Toxteth delivering community world dance programme that provides training and development for area based Community Activators and weekly provision of World dance fitness and culture.

Friends of Garston Park – brought together large parts of the community including young and old to work collaboratively to develop a large scale piece of art for public display that represents their vision of Garston.

Refugees Support -             The Happy Mums project brought together young and old mums from different generations, cultures, races and faiths to share stories and experiences, dance and sing and have fun.  The project aimed to fight isolation, network, ease racial tension, help and support each other and find emotional fulfilment.

St Cyril’s Children and Youth Project - encouraged children and young people to look at the heritage of Liverpool through arts and culture related visits.  This will continue as they embark on an art project 3D Mural about Liverpool’s history, a legacy for years to come.  The children will be connecting with their city as well as being active outside of their own environment.


Deadline for applications for 2012 is Thursday 23 August and projects should start running from the end of September 2012 up to 1 April 2013. Click here to view flyer.


For full details about the scheme go to www.liverpoool.gov.uk/acip.

Grants Briefing Sessions for details and bookings contact Linda Conroy on 0151 600 2971 or email linda.conroy@liverpool.gov.uk

 Wednesday 8th August

 Briefing Session 1

4.00pm – 6.00pm
Liverpool Vision Meeting Rm 1 & 2

Capital Building
10th Floor, 39 Old Hall Street,


L3 9PP

T: 0151 600 2971

 Friday 10th August

 Briefing Session 2

4.00pm – 6.00pm

Kuumba Imani – Meeting Room 1

Millennium Centre

4 Princes Road

Liverpool, L8 1TH

T: 0151 708 5278

E: info@kuumbaimani.org.uk

 Briefing Session 3

6.00pm – 8.00pm

Kuumba Imani – Meeting Room 1

Millennium Centre

4 Princes Road

Liverpool, L8 1TH

T: 0151 708 5278

E: info@kuumbaimani.org.uk


Monday 13th August

 Briefing Session 4

4.00pm – 6.00pm

Knotty Ash Youth & Community Centre (Village Hall)

251 East Prescot Road

L14 5NA

T: 0151 228 8554


Tuesday 14th August

 Briefing Session 5

2.00pm – 4.00pm

West Everton Community Council

Old Faith Primary School

Bute Street

Liverpool L5 3LA

T: 0151 282 0303

 Wednesday 15th August

 Briefing Session 6

1.00pm – 3.00pm

Speke Community Centre

Conleach Road,


L24 0TY

T: 0151 233 2078/2079