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Microgrants to support artists in North Ayrshire

Published: 30 Apr 2021

The North Ayrshire Place Partnership announced its Microgrants Programme available to artists living and working in North Ayrshire to develop their creative practice.

The grants of up to £1,000 aim to support creative practitioners following the impact of the pandemic on the cultural sector.

The Microgrants will fund approximately 15 artists working in visual arts, theatre, music, craft, dance, literature or film across North Ayrshire.

The selection panel will prioritise applications that address the following criteria:

  • Support artists to sustain their practice following the impact of Covid-19
  • Support small scale projects to test out ideas and foster new relationships within the community
  • Support professional development for creative practitioners

All applications must be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 7 May 2021. For information and to apply please visit the Harbour Arts Centre website.

Rhona Arthur, Head of Service for Connected Communities, said: “We know that this has been a difficult time for the creative industry in North Ayrshire, so we’re delighted to be able to offer support to our creative community via the Micro Grants programme.

“This is a great opportunity for creative practitioners in the area and we’re excited to see how the wonderful artists in North Ayrshire will put the grants to use.”

The North Ayrshire Place Partnership is a strategic partnership between North Ayrshire Council and Creative Scotland, and is funded by The National Lottery, through Creative Scotland’s Place Partnership Programme, and North Ayrshire Council.

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. They distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and The National Lottery.

The partnership was created to encourage and support local organisations to work together in the community to strengthen creative development, develop new opportunities for local creative practitioners and widen access to creative activity in the area.

Jenny Tipton, Place, Partnerships & Communities Officer at Creative Scotland said: "The launch of the Micro Grants programme provides creative practitioners living and working in North Ayrshire the opportunity to develop their practice, at a time where the impact of Covid-19 has significantly affected cultural activity across Scotland.

“We look forward to seeing the broad range of projects and artists these grants will be able to support and how they will contribute to creativity in North Ayrshire. It is thanks to The National Lottery who are helping to make these awards possible, through our Place Partnership Programme."

If you have any questions regarding your application or if you would like more information, please email naplacepartnership@north-ayrshire.gov.uk