Criteria and Guidelines
FEAST is not an open funding pot like the Arts Council’s “Grants for the Arts” programme. Its specific purpose is to generate arts and cultural activity in towns, villages and parishes across Cornwall in a way that is highly visible to the public and the people whose decisions will affect future funding for the arts. Its focus is on community benefit rather than artist development. Before making an application, apply this thought to your project – try not to focus on what FEAST can do for you as an artist, but rather on what you and FEAST can do for Cornwall. This should steer you to the kinds of project that will be successful.
All projects will need to meet some of the following FEAST Core Criteria
- Quality and the ability to excite
We are looking only for work of a high professional standard that is fresh and inspiring
- An innovative approach to developing new audiences and involving as wide a range of people of all ages and backgrounds as possible
Projects must be for and with the community you must show how your project will include efforts to include people who would not normally get involved in arts activities
- Value for money
This involves a number of factors. In essence we are looking at what the FEAST investment will buy in terms of quality, duration and number of arts opportunities for communities. The long term impact or legacy of the project will also inform judgements about value for money.
All projects will be expected to have found some other additional sources of funding. The proportion of this additional funding to FEAST funding will be a factor (see Additional Criteria) but not the decisive one. Budgets must be realistic.
- Contribution to a network of knowledge and promotion across the FEAST programme so that the whole becomes more than the sum of its parts
We want all projects funded by FEAST to help promote or support each other in some way in addition to being featured on our website.
We expect projects to meet some of the following Additional Criteria:
- Distribute excellent cultural activity across the dispersed settlements of Cornwall
Some projects will be multi-site and take place in a number of locations dispersed across Cornwall, or offer a cost effective way of effectively creating arts opportunities in our more rural villages and settlements
- Address issues arising from lack of venues and access, particularly in the North and East
We are interested in creating new arts opportunities for more people in a wider diversity of places. We have a particular priority in North and East Cornwall which does not have the same built arts infastructure as the Mid and West.
- Cultivate local cultural leadership and leave a legacy of skills, confidence and enthusiasm
ALL projects must be embedded within a community(ies). Some projects will offer particular opportunities for artists to pass on skills to local volunteers and activists so that they are more able to lead and grow their own cultural events.
- Link the creative sector and community led cultural and celebratory activity (to bring sustainability, excitement and high production values to community events)
We are interested in projects which will add another dimension to existing community events. Artists must provide evidence that this is what the organisers want!.
(NB. Community groups/organisers can apply to bring in an artist to work with them under the Open Smaller Grants/ Festivals Enhancement Strands.)
- Add value to programmes already being delivered by cultural sector organisations
Organisations can propose projects which enable them to generate significantly more community benefits from existing programmes of work. This may also involve new partnerships.
- Develop new professional collaborations or new models of working to help make your creative business more resilient.
We are interested in projects which enable artists/ organisations to trial new ways of working with the potential to strengthen their business financially. Eg. new models for producing and touring work; projects which could become social enterprises; new collaborations which could generate more income or reduce costs.
- Partner with other sectors, for example the health sector or police, to offer a creative way of engaging with some of the social, economic or environmental issues that face Cornish communities
We will expect applicants to provide evidence of the interest/support of a partner organisation which is not from the cultural sector.
- Draw in additional funding
The level of funding secured for the project from other sources will be taken into account
- Become sustainable long term or create additional opportunities for communities once the project itself is over
We are interested in the “stickability” of the project. This may take many forms. Eg. Has the project built the skills of the community and an appetite to continue that activity? Can the project carry on longer term with no/ reduced funding? Can it be run on a commercial or voluntary basis? Will a local leader build on the achievements of the project in some way?
- Engage with issues that resonate with Cornwall.
FEAST is a programme for Cornwall. Some projects will have something particular to say about Cornwall today or will respond to issues which are particularly pressing in Cornwall eg. the effect of tourism on small communities.