Want to make the most of arts and culture in your local area?

Groundworks offers local community groups the opportunity to start an exciting creative journey.

  • Would you like to include arts and cultural activities to make the most of your group activities?
  • Do you have exciting ideas and want to make arts and culture part of what you do?
  • Would you like access of up to £2,400 to invest in arts activity?

Submissions are now CLOSED

Creative Black Country (CBC) would love you to come and join us for an exciting opportunity to become a Groundwork Group which enables you to develop arts and cultural activity for up to a year. We are looking to work with up to 9 groups across Walsall, Wolverhampton and Sandwell. Join the growing number of groups, networks and organisations who have taken up this opportunity already.

Groundworks will give you access of up to £2,400 to invest in your arts activity. In order to make the most of this opportunity there is an expectation that you will also raise £1100. We will provide the tools and support to help you to get creative, whether you have delivered an art project before or if it’s your first step.  Groundworks could make a real difference and help you to raise awareness of your work and connect with new audiences.

What else is on offer?

Arts Advisor support – Each group will receive expert support and advice from one of our experienced arts advisors. They can help you to develop and shape your ideas and link you to the artists and organisations you want to work with.

Development workers support – Development workers are specialists in supporting voluntary sector organisations, helping your group to develop, and offer support in areas such as;  governance, funding, training and information.

Go See opportunities – Groups have the opportunity to see a wide range of performance and visual arts that will inspire your own ideas and introduce your group to something exciting and new.

Creative Documentation and Evaluation – We will document and evaluate your work with you. This can include film and other digital documentation. You can use this for your own promotion and development.

How to apply?  Download the guidance notes and application form when they are available.

If shortlisted, we would like to meet with the group to discuss your ideas further before making a final decision.  For any further queries please contact Rosalind Highet in the first instance on 0121 525 1127 between 10am and 4pm or

Submissions are now CLOSED.

Image: Walsall Community Choir – Photo by Dee Patel


Year 3 Groups 2016-17
Lyng Community Association Yound Media Group (continuation awarded from year 2)
We Are Bearwood (continuation awarded from year 2)
Friends of Thimblemill Library
The GAP Chrisitan Family Centre
Brownhills Community Association (continuation awarded from year 2)
FYTE (Yew Tree) (continuation awarded from year 2)
Darlaston All Active (continuation awarded from year 2)
Gatis Gardeners (continuation awarded from year 2)
Hands On Wednesfield (continuation awarded from year 2)
Women of Wolverhamtpn (continuation awarded from year 2)
Appreciate U CIC
X2Y LGBY Youth Group
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Year 2 Groups 2015-16
FYTE (Yew Tree)
Darlaston All Active
We Are Bearwood
West Bromwich Model Railway
Brownhills Community Association
Gatis Gardeners
Lyng Community Association Yound Media Group
Hands on Wednesfield
Women of Wolverhampton
Cares (continuation awarded from year 1)
Goscote Greenacres (continuation awarded from year 1)
SUIT (continuation awarded from year 1)
Finchfield and Castlecroft Community Association (continuation awarded from year 1)
Brushstrokes (continuation awarded from year 1)

Year 1 Groups 2014-15
Goscote Greenacres
Finchfield and Castlecroft Community Association
MAP (Multi Media Arts & Sports Project)
Walsall Black Sisters
Blakenhall Asian Women’s Group
Inspirational Ladies Bushbury