Arts Derbyshire


Arts Grants 2023

We are pleased to let you know that the National Forest Arts Grants have reopened for a third round. The Arts Grants are to support the National Forest creative community to develop and pilot new projects inspired by the National Forest and in response to one or more of the following themes – Nature, Health & Wellbeing, Sense of Place, Sustainability, Climate Action and Circular Economy.

We are looking for projects that offer new approaches to engaging people either through the development process or the sharing and celebration of the work. Proposals should reflect the values of the National Forest which are centred around the belief that tackling climate change is urgent and sustainability is achievable.
Projects previously supported have generated a range of opportunities for people to experience the Forest in new and unique ways from podcasts, printed booklets, performances and songs, to a mobile exhibition which toured the Forest by bicycle.

We hope to award 6 grants of up to £3000, to be delivered between 31 January – 16 September 2023. If suitable, selected projects will have the opportunity to be part of the programme at Timber festival (7-9 July 2023)

Who the scheme is aimed at:
The scheme is open to any art form, including but not restricted to, visual arts, performing arts, crafts, lens-based media, digital arts, and socially engaged practice.
The grants are to support arts activity to be delivered in the National Forest and are open to artists, creative practitioners, arts organisations, and community groups, either based in the National Forest or who can demonstrate an existing connection to the National Forest.

We welcome and encourage applications from those who are underrepresented in the creative and environmental sectors, including but not limited to, Black, Asian and ethnically diverse people, individuals with Disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals.

How to apply:
The deadline for applying is Tuesday 20 December 2022 at 5pm. To apply please download and read the Guidance Notes in advance of completing the National Forest Arts Grants Application Form, both available via the link below-

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