Creative grants for Gosport

Gosport Cultural Consortium (GCC) and Gosport High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) have teamed up to fund creative projects throughout Gosport.

Each year, for the next three years GCC will be offering grants of up to £1,500 per project to a number of groups and individuals. With a total of £30,000 available, the scheme is looking to support projects of all shapes and sizes taking place anywhere around the town.

“The idea behind the scheme is to help bring footfall to Gosport, along with offering local residents a programme of great performances, exhibitions, workshops and public art that can be enjoyed by all” said Rebekah Jeffery, Head of Cultural Hubs at Hampshire Cultural Trust, the lead partner for Gosport Cultural Consortium.

Any type of creative project can be supported, from events and performances through to artworks and exhibitions, but projects must have a public outcome and be completed by June 2022.

All applications will be assessed by a community panel and successful applications will be announced by the end of September 2021.

Emily Gee, Regional Director, Historic England in London and the South East, said: “This is a great opportunity to be part of an exciting cultural programme welcoming people back to the high street. Community-led events have the power to enliven the town centre and inspire people’s love of their area, and offer a chance for visitors to see all that Gosport has to offer.”

Gosport Cultural Consortium consists of representatives from Bridgemary School, Gosport Heritage Open Days, Gosport Discovery Centre, Gosport Voluntary Action, Gosport U3A and the Gosport Diving Museum, who were awarded a £100,000 grant from Historic England last month, as part of Gosport’s HSHAZ to create and deliver a programme of community-led cultural activities.

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About High Streets Heritage Action Zones’ Cultural Programme

The £7.4 million Cultural Programme is part of the £95 million High Streets Heritage Action Zone initiative, which is currently working across over 60 English high streets. It is funded with £40 million from the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport’s Heritage High Street Fund, £52 million from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Future High Streets Fund, and a further £3 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Cultural activity funded by the local grants scheme will take place over the next three years, in tandem with the national commissions organised by Historic England. For the national commissions, artists will work with communities and co-produce artworks inspired by England’s changing high streets. Together, the local grants scheme and the national commissions make up the Cultural Programme.

To find out what is happening in your area and get involved, please follow @HistoricEngland / #HistoricHighStreets and visit: www.HistoricEngland.org.uk/HighStreetCulture