05 Jul 2018


CREU/CYFFROI (roughly Create/Disrupt in English) is a bursary for CWVYS MEMBERS.

CWVYS has a small bursary fund available for 2018/19 and members will be able to apply for up to a maximum of £500 each to support creative community projects.

Project criteria:

• The project has to involve young people in design and delivery, supported by the organisations.

• The focus of projects should be creative projects that have wider benefits to the community in addition to those directly involved.

• These can be new projects or an extension of a current, successful programme you are delivering.

• If your application is based on the need for match funding for a project, tell us about that too.

• Applications are limited to one per member organisation. This includes national organisations e.g. a named national member organisation may apply in its own right and this will count as one application; if a branch of national organisation applies this will count as being received from the national organisation.

• The application process launched at the CWVYS AGM on July 5th 2018.

• The closing date for applications is the 5th of September 2018

• A panel of 3 individuals will meet in mid-September to evaluate applications.

• All applicants will be notified of the outcome of bids by September 21st 2018

• Due to the relatively small pots of funding on offer, project reporting will be kept to a minimum. However, all grantees are invited to explore community impact and wider benefits as extensively as they are able, including case studies. Being able to explain how you intend to share the project outcomes is encouraged.


Click here for the Application Form or email Helen@cwvys.org.uk

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Further information, ideas and considerations

The arts have been associated with identity and community and the opportunity to give a voice to the vulnerable, the excluded and the disadvantaged through participation (Hewison 1995). For this bursary we have defined the arts as a varied range of activities with an emotional, reflective and creative dimension.

Art projects can be an enjoyable way to enliven an organisation, whether literally brightening up spaces with statues, interactive installations or murals, or providing opportunities for people to engage in expressive and fun activities and exercises. Of course, projects aren’t just limited to the visual arts, you may be looking at drama or music based projects, or projects that look to broadening perspectives or encouraging more creative minds, see opening minds below.

What kind of art?

There are as many styles of art as there are artists so have a good look at what kind art you want to involve in your project and consult the community for support. Perhaps a combination of styles and techniques would suit you best – the possibilities really are endless when it comes to creative projects!

Your project might include:
• Photography
• Filmmaking
• Digital
• Drawing and painting
• Sculpture
• Performance (acting, dance, music etc.)
• Gardening/landscaping
• Cooking
• Or, if you’re feeling particularly ambitious a combination!

Community participation
Art projects can unite communities across generations so think about how you can get local people involved, it’s a quick way of adding value to your application and project. You may want to hold an exhibition/private view, run courses or workshops or take to the streets with a procession! Of course it’s entirely up to the young people how and why they’d like the community to contribute to the overall project.

Opening Minds, the Arts as a tool for change

In fun, relaxed and supportive environments issues can be explored and expressed, awareness raised and issues (issue based work) discussed in depth, for this reason the arts and creative processes are ideal to use as a tool for change.
Outcomes and artworks themselves can be an exciting way to communicate ideas for public awareness and can take the work done within a group to a much wider audience if desired.


Issue based work
Participatory arts projects are issue based in that some projects will start with an issue as part of their aim or issues are allowed to arise during a project to be addressed within a group.

More general issues may be:

• Group building
• Community cohesion
• Confidence building
• Group identity
• Improving the group’s environment etc

Specific issues may be:

• Mental Health
• Anti racism
• Health issues for specific target groups
• Anti bullying
• Environmental issues
• Intergenerational issues
• Anti social behaviour


Some useful terms you might come across in researching project ideas or ways of working with art.

Artists: Those who identify themselves as artists and produce their own work – this may include collaborations with other artists

Art workers: Those who utilise the arts to work with people for project work in the community or in other settings
Public art: Permanent pieces of art in public places or arts events and happenings in public spaces

Participatory Art: Participatory arts are opportunities that engage groups of people in a creative activity usually as part of a larger project.

Youth Work & arts projects: Youth Work and arts projects explicitly seek to use the arts as a medium through which to carry out youth work. Artistic aims will not be the main focus, i.e. process comes before product

Youth Arts Work: Youth arts work develops arts based projects with young people without the explicit intention of implementing youth work within the process. Artistic aims are likely to be the main focus

Environment: The environment is seen as urban, social and natural. It is the sum of all external conditions to a system, or organism that affect or interact with the system. Arts projects can address urban, social and natural environmental issues

Regeneration: Regeneration is perceived as the process of renewing old sites that have become disused or rundown and bringing them back into use, participatory arts are frequently used to work within regeneration led agendas

Arts Education: Participatory arts projects frequently take place within educational settings, they have, as a key aim, the delivery of an element of the national curriculum and are likely to tie in with specific taught subjects

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Final thoughts:

1. The arts are personal: The outcomes of arts interventions often emerge as part of the creative process and can vary according to the individuals involved. Each individual’s perspective and creativity can open possibilities and for this reason we don’t expect applicants to have exact ideas of what the outcomes will be.

2. The arts are performative: The artistic craft or product (a painting, theatre, music etc) can be seen as giving young people a voice and contributing to outcomes in their own right, from a sense of achievement and self-esteem to building a portfolio for young people to access employment or training within the sector, not least a tangible outcome.

3. The arts are reflective: working on projects often encourages participants to reflect upon their own behaviours and lives through their engagement. This process may lead to immediate internal and attitudinal changes which can subsequently contribute to further outcomes.

We look forward to hearing from you and good luck with your applications!

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