Arts Connect support to organisations applying to the National Portfolio

Under Arts Council England’s 10 Year Strategy, ‘Great Art for Everyone’, its fifth goal is that ‘all children and young people have the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts, museums and libraries’.


As part of our role as the Bridge organisation for the West Midlands we are offering advice for organisations in the region that are applying to become an NPO and are intending to apply for funds to deliver against the Goal 5 expectations.


For organisations based outside the region you can locate your local bridge organisation through this link




To find out more about Artsmark


And what Arts Connect offer


Arts Award


To find out more about Arts Award (link) and its five levels of Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver, Gold


Trinity College who are the awarding body for Arts Award are offering advice on the technical aspects of Arts Award


To find out about what Arts Connect offer including access to small grants and training


We also offer advisory support to any cultural organisation wanting to grow their Arts Award provision with a visit from one of our specialist Associates


Cultural Education Challenge


To find out more about the Cultural Education Challenge and Cultural Education Partnerships


Arts Connect are convening CEPs in Birmingham, Coventry, Herefordshire, Sandwell, Shropshire, Stoke, Tamworth, Telford and Wolverhampton and we work closely with Worcestershire Arts Partnership. We will be supporting the development of CEPs in other parts of the Black Country over the coming months.


Professional Development support for cultural organisations


Arts Connect is offering opportunities for the development of artists and other professionals working in learning and participation including leadership, mentoring (link) for more information


If you need one to one advice


If you have not been able to find what you need to know from the links above we are offering half hour advice sessions either by telephone or skype to provide clarification on any of these programmes, information on how to engage with CEPs in particular, share examples of practice to illustrate how you might develop your ambitions , and answer other questions you may have.


You can book a session with one of the team by emailing Gemma Corden,  with the general questions that you’d like to discuss and we will contact you to schedule the advice session.