As time in the outback draws to a close, here is another one of those wonderful 'willy-willy's.' Sitting in a hotel (at last) in one of the most remote places on this continent, I'd like to rant just a little, about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty, which considering my presentation on Big Pharma last week, has never seemed more relevant. Click on the flowers below to find out a little more why we should be interested in this. TPP will make it easier for pharmaceutical companies to have greater control in our lives and even provision that allows surgical procedures to be patented! Sounds irrelevant? It's not! This is about our creative and intellectual freedom.
OK...here are some funding opportunities, including this first international opportunity, which I have had the pleasure to support successful applicants with, over these last few years.
The Arts Council England has announced that its new Artists' International Development Fund is currently open for applications. Through the Artists' International Development Fund the Arts Council offers grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to individual freelance and self-employed artists based in England to build links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in another country. The fund is open to individual artists, including creative producers, curators and editors. Although the Artists' international development programme is aimed at individual artists, small groups of artists who normally collaborate in their work can also apply. This could include, for example, musicians and visual artists who usually create work together, or writers and their translators.
Artists International Development Fund
Artists International Development Fund
In parallel with the Artists' international development fund, the British Council are administering a separate fund for film makers designed to help emerging UK film talent travel with their work and reach new international audiences. The Travel Grant Fund will support makers of short films in the UK in showing their work at international film festivals.
The closing date for applications is the 7th February 2014. Read more at:http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/apply-for-funding/artists-international-development-fund/
Hyperlocal Media Competition Launched
Innovation agencies Nesta and Technology Strategy Board have announced that they are seeking entries for Destination Local Demonstrators - a new hyperlocal media competition which will invest £2.5 million in projects that provide online news or content services to local communities. The competition is looking for entries that:
· Demonstrate the potential for technology-led news or content services to specific geographical locations across the UK
· Enable people to connect more easily with their communities
· Provide evidence for the commercial and social potential of new services.
Between three and five projects across the UK will be backed by the competition to support the development of new forms of hyperlocal media information and content services. It is estimated that projects will range in size from £700, 000 to £1.4 million. Entries to the competition can be submitted by technology, content and community focused organisations of any size that will go on to form business-led partnerships. Projects will commence by May 2014 and last between 12 and 18 months and may be deployed in specific geographical areas.
The deadline to register to take part in the competition is the11th December 2013. Read more at: http://www.nesta.org.uk/project/destination-local
Government Launches New Vulnerable & Disengaged Young People Fund
The Cabinet Office Centre for Social Action has announced the launch of a new £2million Vulnerable and Disengaged Young People Fund to inspire England’s most vulnerable young people. Administered by the Social Investment Business, organisations looking to create or further develop inspiring projects for young people can apply for a development, evidence or scale-up grant of between £30,000 and £250,000. The funding can be used towards:
· Setup costs
· Frontline delivery
· Mentor/volunteer expenses
· A percentage of core costs (e.g. overheads).
The grants can only fund up to £5,000 of capital expenditure. Applications can come from the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, public bodies (for example Local Authorities) and businesses with a social mission or a clear objective in their corporate social responsibility policy towards increasing social action, or businesses involved in the delivery of public service. The closing date for applications is the 6th December 2013. Read more at: http://www.sibgroup.org.uk/youth/
Healthy Hearts Grants
Heart Research UK has announced that its Health Hearts Grants Programme will re-open in January 2014. Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grants support innovative projects designed to promote heart health and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to community groups, voluntary organisations and researchers who are spreading the healthy heart message. The closing date for this funding round will be the 28th February 2014. Read more at: http://www.heartresearch.org.uk/grants/healthyheartgrant
Thank you Wills for the photographs and company. To anyone who's emailed me, but not yet had a reply, I promise to get back to you over the next week or so.
...I really hope you are well and thank you for popping by...C.P.