Festival Fund:

The Creative Foundation is a visionary arts charity dedicated to enabling the regeneration of Folkestone through creative activity. Working with the people of Folkestone, partners and other stakeholders we will transform the town making it a better place to live, work, visit and study.

The Creative Foundation believes in the power of creativity to transform people, places and communities. We are passionate about this and believe it will inspire others to be curious and imagine a changed future. We will enable and collaborate with them to make this vision happen. This will be fun and requires knowledge. At times we will be radical and push boundaries, but we will take on the challenge and risks our work demands.

Established in 2002 the Creative Foundation has a remarkable record of success having already transformed the more run down part of Folkestone into a Creative Quarter populated by artists and home to creative industries and a university. 300 jobs have been created and 90 buildings have been restored in the Creative Quarter and Quarterhouse, a performance venue for music, theatre, dance and comedy has been built. The area has been animated by two internationally acclaimed visual art Triennials, a collection of significant and permanent contemporary public art, a full performance programme and an annual book festival.

The Creative Foundation is driven by a smart and friendly work force, led by a knowledgeable and dedicated voluntary board, guided by Chairman Roger De Haan’s vision and sustained by the philanthropy of his family’s CharitableTrust.

The two Boards of Trustees of the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust and the Creative Foundation have agreed to establish and administer respectively a fund to encourage new festivals and artistic events. The purpose is to enliven and animate the arts scene in and around the old town and encourage participatory events for the benefit of the community and visitors alike. It is anticipated that projects will benefit from seed-corn funding to help realise projects that have merit and that might otherwise struggle to reach fruition. It is not envisaged that this should be the sole funding source.

Applications will be considered from arts groups or organisations based in the Folkestone area with aspirations to develop:

• New and exciting festival ideas based around the Creative Quarter and harbour

• Artistic displays or exhibitions by local groups

• Live performance or street animation

The selection panel may use some or all of the following criteria when assessing applications:

• Demonstration of a sound, practical delivery plan

• How support and volunteers will be mobilised to contribute to the event

• Evidence of community engagement

• A sensible approach to finance and evaluation

A sound marketing and PR campaign that aims to reach your target audiences.

Grants are available up to £5,000.00 per project. Please fill in the form below and return it to the Creative Foundation. Please also enclose or attach any supporting material that demonstrates the experience and expertise of your organisation or community group. The panel will only consider culture related (music, theatre, performance, visual arts etc) projects, festivals and events and not any sport initiatives.

How to apply:
Please fill in the application form and e-mail it to ioannisioannou@creativefoundation.org.uk or by post to Ioannis Ioannou, Marketing and Engagement Manager, Creative Foundation, Quarterhouse, Mill Bay, Folkestone CT20 1BN.

Click this link to download the Festivals Fund Application Form

There is no timetable for applications, and the selection panel will meet as required, but please endeavour to apply at least three months in advance of the proposed date of the planned project.