Rochdale Borough Culture Network
National Lottery Project Grants Match Funding Guidance Notes
In March the Arts Council abolished Grants for the Arts (G4A) and replaced it with National Lottery Project Grants. The RBCN Match Funding Programme applies to the new scheme in the same way as it did to G4A.
Match Funding is a new initiative from Rochdale Borough Culture Network, funded by Link4Life and administered by Cartwheel Arts on behalf of the Network. A total pot of £5,000 is available and the maximum award is £500.
The purpose of the programme is to offer a modest level of match funding to artists, arts organisations and community groups based in the Borough of Rochdale who are intending to make an application to Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants funding programme. National Lottery Project Grants require at least 10% match funding, but applications stand a better chance if applicants can offer more.
Link4Life provides annual funding to 22 arts organisations in the borough. These organisations vary greatly in size and income. Some are fully professional organisations with a regional or national brief, but most are amateur groups serving local communities.
Support is available to these organisations, but also to arts organisations which are not among the annually funded groups, to community organisations and to individual artists, providing the National Lottery Project Grants application is for an activity which enhances the cultural life of the borough.
There is no application form.
You simply need to email Rick Walker notifying of your intention to apply for National Lottery Project Grants within 4 weeks from the date of your email, the name of your project and the total amount you will be applying for. We can offer match funding of 10% of the value of your bid to a maximum of £500.
It is first come, first served, but we will attempt to ensure an even distribution of support around the borough.
You must tell Rick when you have submitted your application and the expected decision date. You must then notify Rick of the decision, one way or the other.
You can only draw down the money if the bid is successful.
If the bid is unsuccessful you can still 'keep' the match funding if you are going to resubmit immediately.
Once all the money is tied up in bids, the lid will be put back on the pot, until such time as the decisions are made. If there are unsuccessful bids, the match funding will go back in the pot and we begin again.
When it's gone it's gone.