Ten more community-minded people, groups and organisations who have an idea for a creative product they want to develop are being urged to come forward and apply for funding as part of the latest UK City of Culture scheme.
Coventry City of Culture Trust and 64 Million Artists have launched the second phase of the Community Connectors programme which sees budgets of up to £4,000 available for each successful project.
They are looking for individual community members, or those from grassroots organisations and community groups from Wyken, Longford, Bablake, Upper Stoke, Cheylesmore, Binley and Willenhall, Sherbourne, Westwood, Whoberley and Woodlands.
About the Projects
Projects can be anything from creating a piece of art to represent and celebrate the community or putting on a community event or festival to improving and using community spaces.
Eight groups were appointed in the first phase of the programme in February covering the City Centre, Earlsdon, Finham and Styvechale, Foleshill, Henley Green, Holbrooks, North West Coventry and Stoke Aldermoor. They have been receiving specialist training, mentoring and networking, delivered by 64 Million Artists, to help them develop their ideas and skills.
Chenine Bhathena, creative director of Coventry City of Culture Trust, said everyone was delighted to be expanding the Community Connectors programme in partnerships with the National Lottery Community Fund.
“We know that the people of Coventry care deeply about their local communities, their heritage and cultural lives of the friends and families and that there are plenty more people who have ideas to help celebrate and support their neighbours and area of the city.”
Visit coventry2021.co.uk/community-connectors for more on the scheme, including a video from the connectors themselves.
Community Connectors is part of the Love Coventry programme, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, and aims to take Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 to neighbourhoods and streets right across the city.