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					Connecting Communities Partnership
Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland 2011

Guidance Notes – Lincolnshire Showcase
During May – Oct 2011 Connecting Communities will showcase exceptional cultural
projects, events and festivals that celebrate Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and
Rutland’s rich cultural heritage, outstanding natural environment, local traditions
and hidden gems, as part of Igniting Ambition, the Cultural Olympiad in the East

Proposals are now invited for cultural projects and events planned to take place in
Lincolnshire between May – October 2011. We expect proposals to be dynamic and
visionary, with the potential to impact upon other social, economic and cultural
areas. Programme proposals will be asked to demonstrate at least four of the
following six elements:

   1.   Promote new and unique collaborations and partnerships
   2.   Build capacity within the existing cultural sector
   3.   Promote international understanding and diversity
   4.   Raise awareness of climate change and environmental sustainability
   5.   Contribute towards enhanced health and well-being
   6.   Engage with young people and their families

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The Lincolnshire Connecting Communities Showcase is seeking project proposals
that achieve geographic spread across the county or that have links to the other
participating counties – Northamptonshire and Rutland; offers a balance of art forms
and shines a spotlight on an innovative programme that genuinely reaches new
audiences and in so doing creates new and long-lasting partnerships. The project
proposals will create impacts and legacies that will stretch into 2012 and beyond.

Eligible projects must be delivered and showcased within the dates of May – October
2011. Applications will only be accepted from organisations or individuals planning
to work within the county of Lincolnshire and should support projects that reflect
the unique nature of the county; will develop new and sustainable audiences and
aim to deliver a lasting legacy. The Lincolnshire Connecting Communities Showcase
is managed by cultural solutions (consultants), on behalf of Lincolnshire County
Council and Igniting Ambition in the East Midlands.

Initial funding commitments of between £5,000 and £20,000 per application will be
made to successful applicants. These awards will represent between 20% - 50% of
your overall project costs. Igniting Ambition will not fund 100% of project costs. As
there is a limited amount of funding available, awards are more likely to be in the
region of £5000 - £10,000. Applicants wishing to submit applications for more than
£10,000 should first discuss their project proposals with the cultural solutions team
who will be able to advise appropriately.

Any initial funding commitment will be made on the basis of the capacity to achieve
sufficient match funding to realise the project, and applicants will be asked to detail
their fund raising strategy as part of the application. The Connecting Communities
Partnership reserves the right to withdraw initial commitments should sufficient
match funding not be achieved by the end of November 2010 to realistically deliver
the project in 2011.

Call for proposals open as of: Tuesday 1 June 2010
Closing date for applications: Friday July 30 2010 at 5pm
Final decisions will be announced by 31 August 2010

Making an Application
Application forms can be downloaded from and can be requested by email from and

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Advice Surgeries
Interested applicants are invited to attend an advice surgery with the cultural
solutions team who are leading on the delivery of the Lincolnshire Connecting
Communities Showcase on Saturday 19 June 2010 at Horncastle College, Mareham
Road, Horncastle LN9 6BW and on Friday 25 June at the Guildhall Arts Centre, St
Peter's Hill, Grantham NG31 6PZ.

To book an advice session please contact the cultural solutions team on 07976
840455 or at Attendance at an advice surgery is
not mandatory and offers no guarantee of selection; it is simply a method of
providing further guidance to individual projects on eligibility and addressing any
queries and concerns.

Applications to be submitted no later than 5pm on Friday 30 July 2010 to: or by post to Samir Bhamra, Programme Manager,
Igniting Ambition, Arts Council East Midlands, St. Nicholas Court
25-27 Castle Gate, Nottingham NG1 7AR.

Further Queries
Individual queries should be addressed to:

David Lambert / cultural solutions / / 07880 908539
Sara Bullimore / cultural solutions / / 07976 840455
Tim Harris / cultural solutions / / 07739694641

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