Micro-Grants Programme

As part of our programme of work, Live Well Make Art is able to offer a number of micro-grants (about 25) to support the development of ideas for projects and programmes. The funding is intended to support preliminary discussions, early research and planning time which might then lead to a funded project or to unfunded action. Grants can be in the region of £300-£500. Please note it is not intended as project delivery funding. The programme will operate between September 2018 and March 2019 and will be administered for Live Well Make Art by Cartwheel Arts. Successful applicants may be asked to present as case studies at the final event in this programme, in March 2019.


1. Micro-grants are intended to support people with health expertise working together with people with arts expertise to explore new ideas. This could include individuals, community-based arts or health groups, groups of people who are experts by experience (e.g. with a chronic health 2 condition), small health/cultural organisations and larger health/cultural organisations. We are particularly interested in applications which come from the enthusiasm and vision of individuals, even if they are applying as part of an organisation.

2. Some examples of how the funding could be used are: to hire a meeting space, to contribute to transport or childcare costs, to allow someone to spend a bit of time researching practice nationally or internationally online, to pay a facilitator or note-taking fee, contribute towards a trial event or workshop e.g. exploring ideas with partners.

3. We are interested in applications that have an activist focus1 although we are prepared for applicants to interpret that in many different ways. We are looking for creative and imaginative/innovative approaches to issues and challenges.

4. We hope that micro-grants will be given to individuals/groups from different boroughs in GM. Applications which link more than one borough of GM will be of particular interest, although we understand this may not be possible for most people.

5. During these 18 months, we are exploring the following themes in our events:

• Building stronger social connections through the arts (and hence addressing social isolation and loneliness)

• Arts and Healthier Working

• Arts, Motherhood and Early Years

• Addressing inequalities through cultural participation and civic action


How to Apply

• Please complete the application form available here and email to microgrants@cartwheelarts.org.uk.

• The following questions must be answered:

1. Who are you? (please supply your name, contact details and a bit about your background and experience)

2. What are you proposing to do?

3. Why do you think your idea is important?

4. Who are you proposing to work with? Are these new partners or existing partners? Why is the partnership important?

5. What difference might a project or programme that led on from your micro-grant proposal make?

6. How much money are you asking for and how will you spend it?

7. Are you willing to present a case study at LWMA’s March event, if asked to do so, and/or be involved in our evaluation (e.g.by giving an interview to our evaluator?

8. What are your bank details (sort code and account number)

Deadlines and Requirements

• There are two deadlines for applications, October 26th and December 14th

• Applications should be sent to microgrants@cartwheelarts.org.uk

• You will be required to sign up to the Live Well Make Art mailing list, if you have not already done so

• Applicants will be asked to contact Live Well Make Art by email, two months after receiving their grant, to give an up-date on progress.

• After the application deadlines, we will let you know as quickly as we can whether your application has been successful or not. Please note that we do not have the administrative resources to offer feedback on unsuccessful applications.