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Tenders sought for Birmingham Cultural Education Partnership bid writer

By Hannah Busst Friday 13 April 2018

KTO Theatre- Peregrinus, Birmingham Weekender 2017

Photo by Andrew Fox

About Culture Central

Culture Central is a new collective voice and development organisation for culture in the Birmingham city region. Culture Central is an open membership body representing and working on behalf of arts organisations, practitioners, agencies and other organisations engaged in the cultural sector. Since its formation in 2016 culture Central has developed and delivered a portfolio of strategic projects ranging from Birmingham’s largest cultural festival (Weekender 17) to a range of strategic leadership initiatives relating to the future economic and community future of the city region. Culture Central is an industry led body working progressively with the public and private sector structures. Dance Hub Birmingham is a flagship Culture Central project. Culture Central’s Board includes representatives from the cultural, business and university sectors.

Birmingham Cultural Education Partnership

Culture Central leads on the Birmingham Cultural Education Partnership. Cultural Education Partnerships (LCEPs) are a key element in The ‘Cultural Education Challenge’ which was launched by Arts Council England in November 2015. 

  • The Birmingham LCEP is  a multi-sector partnership group which  includes representatives from culture and education, who are working  together to create a plan to join-up and improve cultural education with children and young people in their area. An initial area of interest for the partnership is to pilot a Birmingham Arts School.  This could provide a strategic approach to co-ordinating  the learning and participation activities of Birmingham’s cultural organisations to work towards greater equity of provision in arts participation amongst young people

.  Activities could include:

  • Utilising empty seats in venues with cultural provision for schools

  • Co-ordinating after school and holiday activity

  • Co-ordinating programming and targeting of resources to areas of low engagement

  • Higher level advocacy and promotion of the Arts with headteachers

  • Proving high quality CPD for teachers

  • Using the  the Quality Principles to increase the quality and consistency of provision

  • Joined up funding  applications to charities and trusts

Following interest from Arts Council England we are now ready to prepare an Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant application and are interested in pursuing other grant funders.  We are seeking to appoint a bid writer to complete the Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant application by the end of July 2018.

Specifically we would like a bid writer to:

  • Collect information and data from partner organisations

  • Act as a critical friend and develop the project

  • Complete the application on the ACE portal

  • Advise on further funding streams that might be available

The bid writer will have:

  • A good track record of applying for arts funding

  • Excellent writing skills

  • Good research skills

  • Excellent ability to create budgets

  • The ability to work to a deadline   

The application should be submitted to Arts Council England by the end of July 201

The fee inclusive of travel and other expenses is £4,000.

Applicants are invited to send a CV and a letter of application to Hannah Busst at  hannahbusst@culturecentral.co.uk by 5pm on 27th April 2018.  Please provide evidence of bid writing experience and referees from two previous clients.