Final bookings: Advice & Networking event on Friday 4 September, 11am - 1pm

Just to remind you that the deadline for the Cultural Commissioning Grant Programme will be closing for applications on 20 September. 

If you are thinking of applying, or have already made an expression of interest, we recommend you come along to the Pre-application Advice and Networking event. It will be an opportunity to get further information about the programme, and to meet other people interested in bidding. There are a limited number of places still available.  

Date: Friday 4 September
Time: 11am-1pm
Venue: South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, Stroud College Campus, Stratford Road, Stroud, GL5 4AH
Booking: to book a place please email us

Pippa Jones, Development Director of Create Gloucestershire and Jocelyn Cunningham will be leading the event.  Jocelyn (Other Ways of Working), whom some of you may know as a collaborator on our Local Cultural Education programme, has joined the team to help ensure the success of this project, bringing a wealth of knowledge in cultural commissioning form her work in Peterborough and Wiltshire. She will be providing additional support and advice, and you can contact her with your queries via email.

This will be an opportunity to learn more about this programme and meet others interested in putting together an expression of interest. This event will therefore be in two parts; advice and information and then discussions on the big questions arising from this kind of work. 

We will tackle the larger questions surrounding this opportunity in small groups. Questions such as:

What are the guiding principles underpinning this kind of work?
What does co-production look like in practice?
What does high quality arts and health practice look like?

We also want to stimulate thinking around who potential partners might be. Please bring your ideas on this – even if these potential partners might not fit with your particular project ideas.
Following the event, there will be four 1:1 advice slots of 15 minutes each between 1 to 2pm. If this is of interest please contact as this will be on a first come, first served basis. Should this not be possible on the day, there is always the opportunity of follow up phone conversations.


Gloucestershire is one of two national pilots exploring how public sector commissioning of arts and culture can be developed to contribute to a wide range of social, health and wellbeing outcomes.

Create Gloucestershire has been working closely with the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and the local councils of Gloucester, Tewkesbury and the Forest of Dean to find out how we can move from one-off projects and funding to a strategic, embedded approach. 

We want to make Gloucestershire a centre of excellence for arts and culture in preventative and therapeutic health and wellbeing settings, with equal access for people across the county, and sustainable commissioning for arts and cultural organisations. The new small-scale grant programme is one way of making this happen.


The CCG's new small-scale grant programme is now open for applications. 

The CCG are inviting applications from arts and cultural organisations to deliver a range of health and wellbeing related projects ranging from awareness raising, through to co-delivering arts and culture activities with health practitioners for people with specific health conditions.

The grant programme is designed to be flexible and is open to innovative proposals. The programme is underpinned by principles of co-production and collaboration, with the aim of creating an opportunity where the arts & culture and health sectors can come together to shape project design, implementation and evaluation.

The programme will run until November 2016. 

For more information on the programme, see here.  


We recommend having a good look at all of the information in order to formulate questions for this event.
We have been speaking to a wide range of people interested in making an expression of interest and have an idea of the common questions. The FAQ section will be regularly updated to take account of this, so even if you read this as soon as the opportunity was released, we suggest you have another look. 

You can read the application guidelines and FAQ and download the application form here.

If you're interested in applying or have any questions, please email: 

The deadline for applications is 20 September 2015.