Wednesday, 20 February 2008


PROPOSAL to Apply for
“In 2009 Shrewsbury will at the centre of the worldwide Charles Darwin bicentenary celebrations. This is an
unprecedented opportunity for Shrewsbury to celebrate its famous son, under the glare of the international
spotlight. Shrewsbury & Atcham Borough Council has launched this Darwin Community Arts Fund to celebrate
his achievements. We are offering a wonderful opportunity for the community to get involved and deliver cultural
activities that both inspire and engage”.
Cllr Charles Armstrong
We are looking for high profi le creative projects that have a wide reach within the community. Projects must be
ambitious in their scope and have the ability to deliver in scale. Successful applications must be programmed
into the bicentenary no later than October 2008.
Shrewsbury is the birthplace of Charles Darwin and was his home for the fi rst 27 years
of his life. Our Darwin is a young, enquiring mind not the hirsute, aged academic on a
ten pound note.
This is the town of his formative years and early infl uences. He attended two universities
and went on the Voyage of the Beagle whilst still a resident of the town. This is where
the mind was made.
The ideas that he committed to paper continue to resonate in all areas of society, Science,
Education, Politics, Art and Culture.
February 12, 2009 is his 200th birthday and 2009 is also the 150th anniversary of the
publication of “On the Origin of the Species”.
Proposals will funded up to £5,000
We are keen to encourage applicants to seek additional sources of funding to add value and scale to their
Please write a proposal describing your project in no more than two sides of A4 and include a cost breakdown
+ supporting information. The scheme is likely to be highly competitive and awards will only be given to
projects that demonstrate value for money.
Who can apply?
Established groups or organisations, groups or organisations coming together to deliver a project, Schools,
Voluntary Groups and Arts Practitioners.
What is the project?
Events, Activities and Projects that celebrate Charles Darwin and his ideas.
Where must the event, project or activity take place?
Within the geographical area of SABC
When can your project take place?
July 2008 – December 2009
Applications must be delivered for consideration by April 11 2008
Events, Projects and Activities must address ONE of the following objectives: -
1. Involving communities
2. Providing opportunities for participation.
3. Promoting vibrant communities.
1. Projects related to Darwin’s life, ideas and intellectual legacy.
2. Projects that engage, stimulate and develop skills across the community.
3. Projects to support formal and informal learning.
1. This fund is for NEW work
2. Your project must be community-led or community partnered and have local community support (a true
grass roots initiative)
3. It must address one or more of the important issues identifi ed in the Shrewsbury & Atcham Borough
Council Community Arts Strategy (See below)
4. It must be delivered within parameters stated, unless otherwise agreed by the council
5. The project should have measurable milestones which will be monitored regularly by SABC staff
6. There must not be any revenue implications for the Borough Council or its successors
What the fund cannot be used for
1. It cannot be used for a project that does not meet the main objectives of the Community Arts Strategy
2. It cannot support a private or commercial enterprise
3. It cannot be a substitute for core funding
4. It cannot be used for revenue in terms of ongoing maintenance, eg. Maintenance of equipment /open
5. It cannot be used to offset other promised funding
6. It cannot be used for continuance of existing projects
Ref Objective
5 Improve Access To Arts Activities
5.3 Supporting arts projects that promote social inclusion
5.2 Supporting arts activity in rural areas
7 Maximise Available Resources
7.2 Fund projects that meet the Council’s core objectives
7.3 Lever external funding through Arts Grants scheme
8 Increase and Broaden Participation
8.1 Provide development opportunities for local artists/organisations
8.2 Encourage professional artists/organisations to present work in SABC
11 Develop Festivals and Events
11.1 Support the development and co-ordination of Shrewsbury’s events and festivals
For further details on these objectives applicants are advised to read the SABC Arts Strategy available on
SABC website –
Applications must be delivered for consideration by April 11 2008
Applications to the DARWIN COMMUNITY ARTS FUND should be sent to:
Maggie Love – ADO
The Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury. SY3 8HQ
Any questions contact:- Maggie Love - 01743 281043 or

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