Guernsey Arts Commission’s arts grant scheme is open to community groups wishing to undertake creative activities as well as arts organisations and individual artists for arts projects or events that engage residents and visitors. Any visual or performing arts project will be considered for a grant, underwrite or sponsorship match as long as it is not commercially driven and passes the GAC eligibility check. Successful applicants this year include: Guernsey Camerata, Guernsey Literary Festival, Styx Music, Guernsey Symphony Orchestra, Guernsey Photography Festival and a film project by Jack De La Mere called Dark Sky Island.
Following consultation with young musicians, the Funding Sub-Committee have also ring fenced £10,000 in 2014 to encourage bands to apply for £1000 each to support the next stage in their development. So far, three bands, Hartebeest, Of Empire and Last of the Light Brigade, have benefited from this scheme this year.
If you are unsure how to apply for an arts grant, then help is at hand with three funding sessions over the coming months. Information on GAC’s arts grant programme will be available all day on Arts Sunday, 8th June. There will be a short briefing at 12 noon in the GAC tent on the seafront and one-to-one sessions with Carrie Corfe in the afternoon to talk about your idea and how to turn it into a fully fledged proposal with a budget as well as a chance to go through an application form.
Alternatively, Carrie will be holding two more funding information workshops on Wednesday 16 July and 14 August at 6pm in the greenhouse at the Information Centre which anyone is welcome to attend even if you are simply interested in knowing how the scheme works rather than developing a project.
Otherwise, potential applicants can always look at the Arts Grant pages on www.arts.gg for further details and to check their eligibility or ring Carrie on 01481 709747 to have a chat or arrange a meeting.