Grants and Commissions
St Helens Borough of Culture Arts and Heritage Grants and Commission opportunities
To celebrate St Helens Borough of Culture 2023, St Helens Borough Council will award a number of grants and commissions for arts and heritage projects for groups and individuals through 4 different routes as outlined below.
Opportunity 1 - Reside Creative Commissions
Reside* Creative Commissions is the 2023 Artist Commission programme funded through St Helens Library Service as part of its Cultural Hubs Arts in Libraries programme work as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.
The commissioned work will be promoted as part of the St Helens Borough of Culture Reside* residency programme that will showcase artists who live in St Helens. The Reside* programme will also offer developmental residential weekends, artist meet ups and public sharings, which will be open to all artists/creatives in the Borough to attend.
For full details of the commission and how to apply, please read the Reside Creative Commissions process and applications form (Word doc) [126KB]
Deadline: 20th March 2023
Opportunity 2 - National Lottery Heritage Fund Creative Underground Grant
St Helens Library Service has secured National Lottery Heritage funding of almost £250,000 to deliver an ambitious new programme of work which will uncover the borough's rich heritage in the arts, culture and creativity industries.
As part of this project and with support from Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, there is an exciting opportunity for community groups based across the Borough of St Helens to apply for funding of up to £4,000 to explore the heritage of the amateur arts sector and celebrate St Helens' wider heritage through creative collaborations as well as developing new skills and expanding horizons.
For full details of the commission and how to apply, please read the National Lottery Heritage Fund Creative Underground Grant (Word doc) [137KB]
Deadline: 17th April 2023
Opportunity 3 - Borough of Culture Open Grants
The St Helens Borough of Culture 2023 Open Grants (Arts, Heritage and Sport) will provide grant funding for arts, heritage and sports projects to celebrate St Helens Borough of Culture 2023. These grants are made possible through funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund: Culture Strand.
For full details of the grants and how to apply, please read the Borough of Culture Open Grants process and application form (Word doc) [134KB]
Deadline: 1st May 2023
Opportunity 4 - Harry and Mavis Pilkington Fund
Funded through Harry and Mavis Pilkington Foundation Fund for Arts and Leisure and administered by St Helens Borough Council
Deadline: 5th June 2023
For full details of the grants and how to apply, please read the Harry and Mavis Pilkington Fund process (Word doc) [143KB]