Reading, Place of Culture – funding available

News from: Reading Borough Council

Reading Borough Council is inviting arts, culture, heritage and voluntary groups to bid for funding based on how they can help improve the quality of life of Reading residents.

Three pots of £15k are available for arts, culture and/or heritage community programmes to run activities over 12 months, with the aim of engaging local people, particularly those less likely to access cultural opportunities and where engagement could have a significant positive impact on their wellbeing.

Examples of the kind of activities that might be funded:
-Encouraging better physical and mental wellbeing: music programmes to aid stroke recovery or drumming workshops supporting mental health recovery.
-Improving educational attainment and skills development: creative writing with children to increase literacy or music sessions for young people with autism to improve social interaction.
-Fostering social cohesion: community groups creating public art or storytelling projects on local council estates.

Successful bidders must work with one or more of the target priority groups identified, such as younger or older age groups, those suffering from poor health, physical or learning disabilities, people experiencing homelessness or those living in areas of deprivation or isolation.

The application process opened on Thursday 19 April and closes on Thursday 31 May. Reading Voluntary Action can provide support to applicants – please contact Herjeet Randhawa at

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