We are delighted to announce that the first 10 Live Well Make Art microgrant awards have been made.
These small grants (£300-£500) are intended to support preliminary discussions, early research and planning time which might then lead to a funded project or to unfunded action and to support people with health expertise working together with people with arts expertise to explore new ideas.
Successful proposals have included: exploring the development of a co-produced model to help girls and young women with mental health problems to shape the services they want and become given the long wait for part of creating their own solutions, managing their mental health in a positive way: exploring the establishment of a grass-roots forum for volunteer-led cultural organisations, in particular considering how volunteers look after their own health as well as the health of their communities: a mapping and consultation project which would explore ways of developing a Greater Manchester offer for cultural offer for women with perinatal depression (PND): developing a way for young professionals and older neighbours to capture stories of the city and build skills and confidence, using radio as a medium: creating research group and running creative consultation workshops to explore ways of using a museum collection to help increase well-being: exploring ways of using creative writing and positivity to help women who have had difficult relationships with their mothers and are worried that the cycle will continue with their own children.
Awards were made to organisations and individuals living and working in Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Salford and Stockport. This means no awards have yet been made in Rochdale, Bury, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan – so please have a think about submitting an application if you live and/or work there.
The next deadline for submission of applications is December 14th – so only two weeks to go! Please think about the following, when making your application:
- We are looking for proposals for exploring ideas, researching or testing. We cannot fund existing projects
- We need to see arts or heritage content in your application
- We need to understand the health or well-being challenges you are hoping to address
- It’s helpful if we can see who will or might partner/ support you in developing your idea and what you think it might lead to in the long term.