Poetry and Literature Award for UK Young People Now Open

The Clore Duffield Foundation is accepting applications to the seventh round of the Clore Poetry and Literature Awards from organisation across the UK.

The Clore Poetry and Literature Awards is a £1 million initiative aimed at funding poetry and literature projects for children and young people across the UK over a five year period (2011-2015).

The overall objective of the programme is to provide young people under the age of 19 with the opportunity to experience poetry, literature, and creative writing both inside and outside of school, in compelling and exciting forms.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Professional literature, poetry and creative writing organisations, and libraries.
  • Primary, middle, secondary, special schools, sixth form colleges, academies and Further Education colleges.
  • Established community groups.
  • Not-for-profit organisations.

Other arts/cultural organisations, such as museums and galleries, are eligible to apply but must provide a clear rationale for their proposed literature/poetry projects and evidence of requisite specialist input.

Partnership applications from linked organisations are encouraged; however, grants can only be made in respect of a single institution.

Grants ranging from £1,000 to £10,000 are available. The funding can be used for a diverse range of projects as the 13 organisations who are sharing £109,123 in funding from Round 6 can attest.

The winners include:

  • Arts Alive Wales, an educational arts charity based in Powys, aims to enhance the quality of life for rural communities. It received £9,970 to support the Scribbling Cabin where 50 young people will attend writing workshops and then perform their works on film.
  • ArtsEkta, a social enterprise in Belfast, focuses on cross-cultural activities and communities. It received £10,000 for Writing ‘Home’ to use reading and creative writing to explore and challenge the idea of ‘home’ and belonging with young people from different backgrounds and communities.
  • Astor Community Theatre, in Kent, offers a wide range of art forms. It received £5,650 for Tell me a story – A Children’s Book Festival which will be provided in partnership with Sandown Primary School.
  • Beams, an arts company based in Wakefield, that created the Wakefield Lit Fest. It received £8,200 for The Castle of Dreams project which takes a local ruined castle as the site for exploring classic literature for 180 young people and culminates in the performance of their work at the Lit Fest.
  • George Mackay Brown Fellowship, Scotland, received £9,990 for the Creative Heritage Project to provide Wirdsmit creative writing groups for children living in Orkney. The children will explore Orkney writers and their legacy to create an interactive map to be displayed in the new Stromness Library.

The Clore Duffield Foundation, which celebrates 50 years in 2014, is a grant-making charity which concentrates its support on cultural learning, creating learning spaces within arts and heritage organisations, leadership training for the cultural and social sectors, social care, and enhancing Jewish life.

Submissions for the seventh round of funding should be received no later than 6 March 2015 (5pm).

For more information, visit the Clore Duffield Foundation website

Source: Clore Duffield Foundation, 10/09/2014

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