CCG Cultural Commissioning Opportunity

The Gloucestershire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is pleased to invite VCSE organisations for one remaining CCG grant programme opportunity.

Cultural Commissioning Programme

In the summer 2015 the CCG opened a small scale-grant programme to run from October 2015 to November 2016, inviting applications from arts and culture organisations from the VCSE sector to deliver a range of health and wellbeing related projects. These projects ranged from awareness raising about certain health conditions, through to developing arts and culture based interventions to support participants manage specific aspects of their long term health conditions. Following the recent review of applications for the programme, the CCG would like to re-advertise two project themes with revised focus and more detailed project descriptions:

Project 1. Exploring arts and culture opportunities to promote confidence and reduce the social isolation and stigma experienced by adults and children who are very overweight

Project 2: Exploring arts and culture opportunities to promote confidence and healthy lifestyles for people newly diagnosed with colorectal and prostate cancer

The Cultural Commissioning Programme areas of benefit are: Gloucester, Tewkesbury and the Forest of Dean.  The cultural commissioning grant programme is designed to be flexible, and is open to innovative proposals covering the full breadth of arts and cultural forms. The programme is underpinned by principles of co-production and collaboration, with the aim of creating an opportunity where arts & culture professionals, health professionals, and service users (patients) can come together to shape project design, implementation and evaluation. This will be a new area of opportunity for some organisations, and co-ordinated support with the application process is available to all interested applicants from both the CCG, and their partners CREATE Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire VCS Alliance. Previous applicants are very welcome to apply.

Closing date: 21 February 2016

Gloucestershire Grant guidelines

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Eleven Considerations when applying for the Gloucestershire Cultural Commissioning grant programme 2015

 Compiled by Create Gloucestershire

1.    Consider the opportunity of being a part of a long-term change process in how we all respond to our health. This is more than a commissioning opportunity. Are you excited about working with health partners and exploring new ways of working? Have a look at the NHS Five Year Forward View to get an idea of the long-term national vision.

The Gloucestershire vision is here:

2.    Research the area of the project that you are interested in. Get to understand the needs that underpin this project and bear in mind the specific local context. If there are things you need to know, dig further or get in touch.

3.    Be imaginative and creative. Create something fresh and new. This might be part of an existing project but make sure your approach really addresses the health outcomes and is open to change and influence.

4.    Do some research on what others are doing in arts and health and seek out guidelines on good practice. Have a look at the Be Reflective guide produced by West Midlands Arts, Health and Well Being: It would also be useful to get a sense of the national context for arts and health from:

5.    Be curious. Avoid assumptions on the characteristics of arts and health work – it might look very different. Here are a few contrasting examples:

6.    Think flexibly. It may be that you have insights and an interest in exploring a particular project in a way that brings new approaches to bear in this area.

7.    Who might be interesting to work with? This programme is also about strengthening the ecology of arts and health in Gloucestershire. Who might you work with to enable this? Rather than perceiving a particular venue as a place to situate work, what if the venue was also a partner? 

8.    What are you interested in learning? Why are you interested in this project? Could your idea apply to other projects in the grant programme too? Don’t be put off by not knowing about a specific health condition because there will be support with that. Think about whether the principle behind your proposed idea could work across health themes.

9.    Consider other perspectives. This is a co-production process and collaboration with health professionals will influence the final shape of the project. Avoid positioning your work and the arts as ‘the answer’ so that you allow room for health colleagues to share their ideas and hopes for the project too.

10.  How might your learning and development of practice be tracked and evaluated? Articulate your methodology so it can be understood by those who have not experienced arts in health work.

11. ­­­Think expansively. Consider how your ideas might be sustained after the project is done. This programme is exploring feasibility on many levels:

·      Has this approach been effective in addressing the project aims?

·      What does this teach us about how arts and cultural practices influence health outcomes and healthy communities?

·      How has the partnership worked between multiple sectors in addressing all of this?

·      What might this look like in the future if it is replicated or scaled up to reach more people?

Jocelyn Cunningham

On behalf of Create Gloucestershire

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