Application deadline for Bridge Challenge Fund in 2 weeks!

There is less than 2 weeks left till the deadline of the Bridge Challenge Fund application. RIO is looking to provide match funding of £25,000 to £75,000 as leveraged investment to help unlock income that has never before supported arts and cultural activity for young people. 

This year, the Challenge Fund is seeking to support cultural education programmes that deliver health and wellbeing outcomes for children and young people in the Arts Council defined area of south west England. Culture and creativity are renowned for having much to offer in the context of health and wellbeing, and arts and cultural organisations have proven results around developing and delivering transformational work in this area, supporting children and young people. Your proposal should also consider and reflect the themes and considerations of the Cultural Education Partnership in your area.


Looking for inspiration? 

Based around the delivery of socially inclusive visual culture, Plymouth-based Community Interest Company Fotonow uses media as a tool to educate and engage with a wide range of communities; their ethos being to ‘utilise photography as a catalyst for social change’. Fotonow’s work is often highly visible, allowing people to experience visual culture outside of the traditional art gallery.

The company, established in 2009, received an initial round of ACE Bridge Challenge Funding, secured through RIO, in 2014 to develop a service level agreement in delivering work to children and young people in Plymouth.

Following on from their Bridge Challenge Funded work in 2014 Fotonow have gone on to receive ACE Bridge Innovation Programme support through RIO to re-evaluate and restructure their business model so that they have a framework to measure the social impact of their work. Fotonow have also built on their capacity by employing new staff including a graduate intern and a paid creative apprentice.

Full details of the Challenge Fund for 2016-17 are on the website, click here for more information and to apply. Closing date for applications is 5pm on 18th September 2016. 

For any queries, please call the RIO bridge team on 08458 621288 or email