The Lyng Media Group with Stan's Cafe at Sandwell Arts Festival 2016 - Image by Lee Allen

The Lyng Media Group with Stan's Cafe at Sandwell Arts Festival 2016 - Image by Lee Allen

The Open Access Award supports activities that build audiences and promote creative and artistic excellence across 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 in Sandwell, Walsall and 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.

For more information contact us on 0121 525 1127 | info@creativeblackcountry.co.uk

The full amount available for the round is £6,500 across all 3 boroughs.

How To Apply:
To apply download and read through the guidance notes before writing your application as it explains the next steps in how to complete your application.

If you are applying for a Seed Award, up to £500, apply by letter.

If you are applying for a Growth Award, for amounts from £501-£2,000, download an application form.

All applicants will need to download and complete a monitoring form and submit this along with their Seed or Growth application. 

Deadline to submit applications is Wednesday 17 July at 5pm.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by Monday 12 August 2019.

Artist Development
Open Access is allocating part of its award towards the development of independent creative practitioners within the Black Country. The award aims to help individuals at a key point in their practice get better at what they do and is available to individuals and small groups who regularly work together and have some terms of reference for working together (i.e. a Constitution or Partnership Agreement), who are based in Sandwell, Walsall or Wolverhampton.

The full amount available for the artist development round is £1,000 and the maximum award we can offer per application is up to £500. 

How To Apply:
To apply download and read through the guidance notes before writing your application as it explains the next steps in how to complete your application.

To apply please submit a letter (2 sides of A4 maximum) answering as many points outlined in the guidance notes and all applicants will need to download and complete a monitoring form and submit this along with their application. 

If you would like to receive a copy of the guidance notes, application or monitoring form in an accessible format, please contact Rosalind Argo on 0121 525 1127 or info@creativeblackcountry.co.uk with your requirements.

Deadline to submit applications is Wednesday 17 July at 5pm.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by Monday 12 August 2019.


Participant Quotes

“CBC’s support enabled us to run a quality event that people want to repeat.” Paint The Day, Newhampton Arts Centre
“[Open Access] has enabled us to grow as a creative group based in Walsall.” Made By Walsall


For more information contact us on 0121 525 1127 | info@creativeblackcountry.co.uk