After focusing attention on delivering its COVID Emergency Response measures in recent months, Arts Council England re-opened its National Lottery Project Grants scheme on Wednesday 22nd July.

As part of the new Project Grants guidance, the fund will focus on the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners until April 2021.

To help support this process, East Meets West would like to welcome you to a Midlands-wide Zoom especially designed for anyone who is considering applying to Project Grants for the first or second time.*

We’ll be joined by two special guests from Arts Council England who each have their finger on the Project Grants pulse!

• Jill Brown, Relationship Manager for Touring, Midlands office;
• Claire Simpson, Relationship Manager for Theatre, Midlands office.

This session is aimed squarely at those with less application writing experience and less familiarity with the Arts Council England landscape. Jill and Claire will go through the Project Grants criteria, guidance, questions and assessment process in a friendly and logical way, followed by a period of conversation which will give participants a safe space to ask any pressing questions they may have.

To prepare and get the most out of your time with Jill and Claire, we’d encourage all attendees to read through the Project Grants information and guidance already provided by ACE here.

The Zoom will be facilitated by East Meets West / Little Earthquake’s Gareth Nicholls and Philip Holyman. It will be a chance for us all, artists and stakeholders alike, to support one another as we take practical steps to adapt to the changing creative world.

Date and time: THURSDAY 20TH AUGUST 2020, 1PM – 3PM

To take part, you need to register for the Zoom so we can send you the meeting link and password. Register here:

BSL interpreters will be provided. To help us ensure appropriate provision, we request that any participants who wish to make use of BSL interpretation let us know in the relevant section of the registration form.

We’ll send you the Meeting ID and password for the Zoom on Friday 14th August — so keep an eye out for it in your Inbox (and maybe check those pesky spam folders in case we get redirected!)

*PLEASE NOTE: This Zoom has been formulated specifically to extend support to first- and second-time Project Grants applicants in the Midlands. East Meets West will continue to share resources and identify other opportunities which provide targeted support for more experienced Arts Council applicants. We therefore encourage anyone who has an existing applicant relationship with Arts Council England not to register for this particular Zoom. We will not demand proof of eligibility from anyone who registers, but we kindly ask you to respect the basis on which these places are being offered and consider who needs them most.