Arts Council England awards £1,289,002 to Basildon

Arts Council England awards £1,289,002 to Basildon as part of Creative People and Places 2019-2023

Basildon has been awarded a whopping £1,289,002 from Arts Council England as part of Creative People and Places 2019-2023. It is the first time this grant has been awarded to a borough within Essex and is an exciting win for both residents and businesses within the town.

Danny Lawrence, Business Development Gateway Community Media, says:

“Gateway 97.8 is proud to be a partner in the BasildON Consortium. The Creative People and Places funding from the Arts Council England is welcome in Basildon And will be a big boost for the town.”

The Creative People and Places initiative has been specifically developed by Arts Council England for areas where evidence shows that there is low engagement with cultural activity and aims to put the local community at the heart of driving and delivering an array of diverse and engaging projects over a 4 year period.

In order to apply for this funding, 25 local businesses and community groups joined forces to create the BasildON Consortium; working together to develop a programme of 7 core projects that will change the cultural and business landscape of Basildon forever.

Led by Things Made Public CIC, The BasildON Creative People and Places programme is designed to empower the whole community – businesses and residents alike – to create a cultural democracy, developing a wide range of activities and projects that give everyone the opportunity to be involved in shaping Basildon’s cultural and creative future.