If you are an individual or group aged between 13 and 25 years and have a real talent or interest in the arts and creativity, Epping Forest District Council would like to support you in further developing your skills with our new creativity award.
Awards range from £50 to £1,500. To be considered for a creativity award you will need to demonstrate a desire to learn more about your interest or develop your talent by providing us some information about what you would like to do. We have redesigned this process to make this as simple as possible so you can get on with what you do best – being creative.
Individual creativity awards
Awards of between £50 and £1,500 are available for individuals aged 13 to 25, who are looking to develop their talent in their chosen creative field. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are actively pursuing their area of interest. This can be through education, exhibition, performance or other routes.
Group arts awards
These new awards are for applications of between £50 and £1,500 for groups (a minimum of 3 people) aged 13 to 25 who are looking for support for their creative activity. This could be a group that is already established (such as art clubs, theatre groups, choirs or orchestras) or one that is formed especially to apply for funding.
These awards are designed to support whatever activity the group would like to undertake. It could be a visit to exhibitions or a show, it could be to hire someone to teach them a new skill, or for equipment for their group, or to hire a space to rehearse, exhibit or perform.
Deadline for applications is 12 noon on Monday 20 January 2014.
Want to know more?
Can I apply?
To be eligible for an award you must
- Be aged between 13 and 25 years on the closing date of noon on 20 January 2014
- Live in the Epping Forest district – if you are at college/university return ‘home’ to the Epping Forest district during the holidays
- Demonstrate a high level of interest or skill
- Explain how the award will be spent and what it means to you
- Have won a sports or arts award in the last 2 years
How can I use the Creativity Award funding?
The purpose of creativity award funding is to support you in progressing your creative talent to the next level. For example it could help you buy specialist equipment or materials, go towards competition/event entry fees and any associated travel and accommodation, enable you to undertake specific research projects, help fund extra tuition. You just have to tell us how it will help.
How do I apply?
You will need to complete the application form.
There are 7 steps that you will need to fill in. These include your details and information on what you are applying for. You may find it easier to look at the questions and type your answers in Word (or another application) and then cut and paste them into the form. You will need to provide at least 1 reference, this could be from your teacher, youth worker, tutor or group coordinator and return it to us by Monday 20 January 2014.
Your referee will be contacted and asked to support your application so please make sure you have spoken to them about it. We may call or email you after the deadline for more information and may either request that you meet with the arts officer or that we visit you or your group at your venue if you have one.
How much can I apply for?
You can apply for between £50 and £1,500.
When will I know?
Depending on the number of applications we hope to let you know by the end of January 2014. Creativity and sports awards will formally be presented at the council’s civic awards ceremony which is held in the Spring.
Who decides on the award winners?
Choosing who wins the award is a difficult process. The applications will be reviewed by a panel of EFDC staff which different specialisms. Should there be any conflict of interest (for example if one of the members of the panel knows an applicant) this will be declared and they will not be able to comment on the application. As well as assessing the applications on the impact they will have on individuals we will also be looking to support a range of groups and individuals across a variety of areas of interest.
Are there any conditions?
Yes there are 5 conditions. When you apply you will need to confirm that you have read them.
- The award may only be used for the purpose stated on your application form
- You must start to spend the award before 31 March 2014 and have completed the activity by 31 March 2015
- Award winners will keep the arts department of Epping Forest Council informed of their success and provide at least 1 image and/or statement after the activity or by June 2014 if still on-going
- Agreed the use of the image(s) or statement for press releases and to appear online
- Successful applicants may be requested to demonstrate their skills or exhibit their work at an appropriate local event or civic function during the year
What do I do if I have more questions or need further help with completing the form?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, you can either write your question or give us your number and we will call you back as soon as we can. Please be aware that we may not be able to respond between 20 December and 6 January 2014 so please get in touch before then.