Funding & Investment
Royal Opera House Bridge has committed fund's to help cultural organisations based in its region to make a step-change in their children and young people’s learning offer, recognizing that in the current time of change, learning departments will need to respond, adapt and consolidate their learning offer. A limited number of awards have been made between £2500 and £7000. Awards will be made in two rounds (September and December 2020).
This is a strategic award designed to help cultural organisations to develop, adapt, diversify, sustain and consolidate the quality and range of children and young people's (aged 0 – 19) creative and cultural learning opportunities.
It can be used to support your organisation with strategic or business development activity that embeds or sustains a children and young people’s offer into your organisation’s longer-term business model or programme.
This might include; mapping your current offer, diversifying your offer, needs analysis, learning resource development, workforce development, working in collaboration with the children and young people’s sector (including schools, youth services) to identify need in order to develop new or existing programmes, collaborative networking, consultation with schools and/or children and young people, ‘go and see’ visits, consultant time, exploring new strategic partnerships with sector experts (e.g. schools, youth services) mentoring by another organisation or professional, work with a fundraiser or business consultant, research with other sectors locally around tailoring and trialling new approaches to gauge their impact (e.g. SEND settings; public health).
We also welcome applications from organisations who seek to develop their approach to embedding Arts Award and/or supporting schools on an Artsmark journey. Please see examples of successful LODF awards made in 2019 at the end of this document.
ROH Bridge is now seeking to commission an individual or organisation to complete a review of the impact of our Learning Offer Development Fund (LODF) for cultural organisations and creative SMEs in the ROH Bridge region (Herts/Beds/Essex/North Kent). We imagine this piece of work will take approximately three months and report by the end of June 2021. We would like the contract to begin as soon as possible. The findings of the research will inform our business planning going forwards.
Metal Culture – Southend-on-Sea
Metal Culture in Southend enabled artists and teachers to co-develop a new CPD offer and Teaching Resource to support Primary and Secondary teachers to confidently deliver contemporary poetry within the classroom. 3 artist-led teacher training workshops were held virtually and the teaching resource available digitally to any education professional.
LV21 – North Kent
LV21 wanted to undertake valuable research to expand their work with educational settings and children and young people in north Kent, with focus on Gravesham and the surrounding area, providing an opportunity to build a basis for a new inspiring creative learning offer. The research activity has allowed them to bring together expertise from arts, cultural and educational settings to inform and enhance the design of their offer and develop of an educational strategy.
Watford Palace Theatre – Hertfordshire
Watford Palace Theatre are developing a digital learning offer that provides Primary and Secondary students insight and engagement with the creative processes and job roles in its productions. It used its award to widen and deepen their understanding of curriculum needs, develop knowledge and use of digital technology to support student learning and develop their insight and engagement with the creative processes and job roles involved in our productions.
For more examples of how we work and previous co-investments read The Paths We Take - ROH Bridge 2012 to 2015 and beyond.
A third of our overall budget is allocated for Partnership Investment.
Partnership investment funds will be ring-fenced for activity with LCEPs. LCEPs will be required to have reached a certain level of maturity before we will consider investment, with set criteria in place to ensure a partnership is investment-ready.
At the time of the launch of the Cultural Education Challenge in October 2015, five places were designated as LCEP localities; Bedford, Colchester, Luton, Medway and Thurrock. Alongside these five LCEPs, coordinated place-based approaches to cultural learning are emerging in Braintree, Central Bedfordshire, Dartford, Hertfordshire, Southend and Sheppey. We are nurturing each of these places to form an LCEP and we will be responsive to other places where there is opportunity and energy to work towards this agenda. Providing an LCEP can reach the minimum requirements, we will consider all applications for investment.
Aside from our direct investments with individual LCEPs, we will also work towards facilitating a number of pan-regional programmes that build capacity across a cluster of different LCEPs.
Partnership Investment – Key Changes for 2018-22
There are several criteria that all partners interested in making an application for funding must fulfil:
Through our Partnership Investment funding, we are particularly keen for programmes to reach CYP who have restricted access to arts and culture whether this is due to limited infrastructure or other economic, social, physical and geographical challenges.
A strong proposal will:
What we can’t fund:
We support the emergence of new networks and help strengthen existing ones, looking at professional development and local collaborations.
We commission research into local needs and opportunities within the cultural and education sector. Identifying and celebrating good practice we then work strategically to strengthen the local infrastructure that will sustain it.
We work directly with teaching schools and their alliances, developing creative learning in schools and fostering relationships with the local cultural sector.
We run and support a number of events focused on training and development and sharing good practice.
We do not currently offer an open call for potential co-investment opportunities.
Our regional programme managers work directly with local organisations to identify local needs, develop suitable partnerships and support investment.
To discuss our work or to connect with one of our regional programme managers please contact us via email at email@example.com