Coventry City of Culture New Commissions

On winning the title ‘UK City of Culture 2021’ in 2017, the Coventry City of Culture Trust has been working with local artists and the cultural sector to develop their practice, support organisations to grow and build new networks, and enable new ideas in preparation for the city’s year of celebrations to begin.

As part of these preparations, the Foundation has worked with the City of Culture Trust to manage a range of grant programmes that have supported many great ideas from groups and individuals across Coventry & Warwickshire.

In addition to this, collectively we provided emergency financial support for those working in the local culture sector that were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following funds will continue to support the arts in the City’s City of Culture year.

The Under 5s Project Grants aims to support live, creative projects aimed at engaging audiences aged under 5 years old. There are four grants of up to £7,250 available to arts organisations or individuals to create new live performances at Under 5’s and their families.

Projects will:

  • Be in-person activities or events, providing live experiences specifically aimed at under 5’s and their families
  • Take place between July 2021 and May 2022
  • Be fully realised productions with the possibility of being a remount or rescope of a previous project

Please read the Fund Factsheet before applying.

Application Deadline: 16th June at 5pm.

The Black Artists Fund has three grants of up to £10,000 each available to support Black artists & creatives or Black-led organisations, based in Coventry & Warwickshire, to create new projects to be realised by May 2022.

This fund is open to:

  • Black Creatives and Artists (or those working within an artistic/cultural setting)
  • Black-led Registered Charities and Community Organisations
  • Black-led Social Enterprises
  • Black-led Non constituted groups

Please read the Fund Factsheet before applying.

Application Deadline: 16th June at 5pm.

The Access Grants has up to £1,000 grants available to support arts organisations or individuals to make their activities accessible to D/deaf, disabled and/or neurodiverse artists, audience members and participants.

Cost could cover:

  • Access provisions eg. captioning, BSL Interpreters or Audio Description Services, Touch Tours
  • Disability Equality Training for staff or individuals
  • Disabled artists or participants
  • Cover costs of an Access Consultant
  • Accessible marketing formats eg. Braille, Easy Read’s or BSL videos
  • Equipment purchases eg. ramps, audio description kits or captioning units


Please read the Fund Factsheet before applying.

To find out more about the new City of Culture commissions check out the Application Surgeries below. These surgeries will provide information about the grant and will be an opportunity to learn more about the access support available. You can book these here.

Surgeries for Under 5s Project Grants & Black Artists Fund:

Wednesday 19 May from 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Wednesday 26 May from 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 9 June from 6.00pm – 7.00pm

Surgeries for Access Grants:

Monday 21st June from 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Monday 12th June from 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Monday 2nd August from 6.00pm – 7.00pm

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