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Festivals Fund announced for 2022 - Apply Now

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Creative Folkestone and the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust are delighted to announce that the Festivals Fund for 2022 is now open. We are accepting applications looking for support to present exciting, inspiring and innovative creative festivals.

The aim of the Festivals Fund is to encourage new festivals and artistic activities centred around Folkestone’s Creative Quarter for the benefit of the community and visitors to the town.

Previous funding has included the first-ever Folkestone Documentary Festival, Beyond Text poetry festival, Folkestone Fringe and many, many more. 

Grants are available up to £5,000. Applications will be considered from arts groups, companies, organisations or sole traders based in the Folkestone area with aspirations to develop new and exciting festivals with community involvement. The festival can be thematic or issue-based but the outcome must be creative and for a live audience. The fund will not support digital projects, one-off exhibitions or performances.

The selection panel will use the following criteria when assessing applications:

  • An exciting, original, creative idea.
  • Demonstration of a practical and achievable delivery plan.
  • Evidence of community engagement.
  • A realistic approach to finance and evaluation.
  • A sound marketing and PR campaign.
  • A commitment to diversity and equal opportunity.

There are three deadlines for applications as follows :

5pm on 4 February 2022 for projects starting between 1 April – 31 August 2022

5pm on 14 April 2022 for projects starting between 1 September – 31 December 2022

5pm on 29 July 2022 for projects starting between 1 January – 31 March 2023

Please email Cheryl Pierce, Head of Performing Arts & Learning, Creative Folkestone if you have any questions

Click here to download an application form

Click here to download an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

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