Arts Derbyshire


National Forest Arts Grants reopened.

We are pleased to let you know that the National Forest Arts Grants have reopened for another 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 with the National Forest, either through the development process or the sharing and celebration of the work. 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 2024. If suitable, selected projects will have the opportunity to be part of the programme at Timber festival (5 – 7 July 2024) –

Who the scheme is aimed at:
This opportunity is available to artists, creative practitioners, arts organisations and community groups that are based within the National Forest or that can demonstrate an existing connection to the National Forest through previous experience of working with communities, organisations or sites within the area.

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.

How to apply:
The deadline for applying is Friday 15 December 2023, by 5pm. To apply please download and read the Guidance for Applicants in advance of completing the National Forest Arts Grants Application Form, both available via the link below-

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