Call for Proposals for Connecting People & Places’ Collaborative Commissions 2023

We are pleased to announce that we have opened a third round of the Connecting People and Places Fund’s Collaborative Commissions for 2023, co-funded by City of London as part of our Foundations Programme.

Collaborative Commissions aim to give organisations an opportunity to further embed a collaborative approach into their work in order to kickstart and support building long-term change.  The fund aims to support projects that will unlock further understanding on how creativity can be used to deliver arts, education, employment programming that provides creative learning opportunities, employment and leadership roles, training and fusion skills development.

We are now inviting Expressions of Interests of up to £15,000 from creative organisations and/or arts/community-led collaborations for the delivery of arts and culture activity that develops creative learning, fusion skills and education activities for children, young people, their families and schools. Proposed activity will be delivered between February and July 2023.

The deadline to apply is 12pm noon on Monday 23 January 2023.

To support applicants, we will run online sessions in December 2022 and January 2023:

This fund has allocated up to £125k to commission innovative & collaborative culture-led creative learning projects, and we expect to fund between eight to 10 projects.

Proposals could be for a new project or extension of a current programme/platform, either way the role of collaboration, partnership and shared learnings should be key to your submission and projects impact.

Successful applicants will work collaboratively with the Foundation and other funded organisations to maximize their projects legacy, opportunities for shared learning and knowledge with wider partners.

In 2022, we awarded 10 projects for the second round of this scheme that explores the value of creativity on learning and skills.

The Collaborative Commissions aims to build on our commitment to the Fusion Prize and Fusion Futures programmes, which seek to amplify conversation around skills development, social mobility, the value of creativity and innovation.

To learn more about how to apply, please see

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