Creative Civic Change

24th July 2018

Creative Civic Change is a new programme run in partnership by Big Lottery Fund, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and Local Trust. 10 local areas in England will be chosen to use the arts and creativity to make positive, local changes. Five of these areas will already be part of the Big Local initiative.

Grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 are available per area over three years. There will also be a support programme of mentoring, coaching, peer-to-peer support, networking, and advice.

Creative Civic Change is open to local communities in England. Local could mean anything from a few streets or part of an estate, to a neighbourhood or a cluster of villages (but it must be an area smaller than a local authority). We are looking for expressions of interest from those who are already part of the Big Local initiative, and those who are not but share similar characteristics. For example, we are most interested in areas which have been overlooked in the past, and facing a range of issues.

One of the things we want this programme to do is encourage different sorts of partnership. Firstly, we want to introduce communities to artists and arts and/or other creative organisations (which might be social sector organisations). Secondly, we’d like to support clusters of two or more local areas to invite artists or organisations to help you develop ideas and partnership projects that deal with or respond to some of the priorities that you have in common.


Please read the briefing document to find out more about the programme.

The funder offers several different ways to register interest in being involved with the programme. You can complete a form or send the information in a video or audio file. There is also the option to telephone the funder on 020 3588 0564, discuss the project and have them complete the form for you.

The deadline for registering an interest is 28 September 2018. This is the first stage of the application process.


Answers to frequently asked questions are available or telephone 020 3588 0564 or email