Open Access Awards

The Open Access Award supports activities that build audiences and promote artistic excellence in the Black Country. Whether you’re a professional artist, performer or community group who have never experienced an arts activity before, this could be for you.
Open Access is open to individuals, groups and organisations to apply but project activity must take place within Sandwell, Walsall or Wolverhampton. Open Access is a flexible award to support the seed of a great idea through to the growth of a great project. If it builds audiences, connects local people with professional artists and brings great performance, art and creativity to the Black Country, open access could help you make it happen.

Open Access Award - Round 8 opens on Monday 13 March.
Deadline for applications is Friday 21 April at 5pm.

CBC has two exciting Landmark projects in the pipeline for this year and we’re looking for applications which can align activity with upcoming Landmark events.

Funny Things
A celebration of Black Country humour and comedy. We are currently developing a comedy festival in Wolverhampton which will take place from mid October to early November 2017. You can programme events, create events or develop some activity related to comedy as part of the festival. Please contact Funny Things Producer Jenny Smith at if you would like more information or discuss an idea.

Funny Things

100 Masters
This project aims to discover and profile Black Country experts of today through public nomination. This means one hundred talented, skilled, and pioneering people who are living, working or connected to the area will be profiled through a creative media campaign.

You can invite someone you consider a master to put on some expert talks, you might want to organise an event to celebrate a local master or you might want to go and see or meet one of your masters!

Please contact 100 Master Producer Liam Smyth at if you would like more information or discuss an idea.

100 Masters

PLEASE NOTE: If you apply, please clearly mark your project in brackets 100 Masters or Comedy in the section 'Name of your project'

Applications which are not themed towards Funny Things or 100 Masters will still be accepted.

How to apply: Download the GUIDANCE NOTES and Application Form to apply. If you require the application form as a word document please email,

For more information contact us on 0121 525 1127 |

If you're interested in developing a project in your local neighbourhood within Wolverhampton, find out more here Our Place.