Coventry City of Culture Trust and 64 Million Artists have launched the second phase of the Community Connectors programme.
They are looking for individual community members, or those from grassroots organisations and community groups from Wyken, Longford, Bablake, Upper Stoke, Cheylesmore, Binley & Willenhall, Sherbourne, Westwood, Whoberley and Woodlands.
Projects can be anything from creating an artistic piece that represents and celebrates the community, improving and using community spaces or putting on a community event or festival.
A budget of up to £4,000 is available for each of these projects.
Eight Community Connectors were appointed in the first phase of the programme in February covering the City Centre, Earlsdon, Finham & Styvechale, Foleshill, Henley Green, Holbrooks, North West Coventry and Stoke Aldermoor. They have been receiving specialist training, mentoring and networking, delivered by 64 Million Artists, to help them develop their ideas and skills.
Boyanka Bobeva, Emilie Jones, Kelly Walsh, Kevin Conway, Kieran Joseph, Mel Gregory, Priya Gondalia and Theo Ioannou have since been busy working towards creating their own artistic community projects which included: improving the community garden at Foleshill Community Centre to supply more vegetables for the members of its Social Supermarket, making a short film “Sanctuary of our City” as an artistic platform for women who are refugees, asylum seekers or migrants in Coventry, and staging a one-day festival celebrating Bulgarian culture, food and traditions by and for people from Coventry.
Chenine Bhathena, creative director of Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “The Trust is delighted to be expanding the Community Connectors programme, in partnerships with the National Lottery Community Fund. It’s great to be able to build on the success of the collaborations with the first eight connectors, which started at the end of last year.
“We know that the people of Coventry care deeply about their local communities, their heritage and cultural lives of the friends and families and that there are plenty more people who have ideas to help celebrate and support their neighbours and area of the city.
“This is a great opportunity for people and groups in Wyken, Longford, Bablake, Upper Stoke, Cheylesmore, Binley & Willenhall, Sherbourne, Westwood, Whoberley and Woodlands to develop these ideas and do something wonderful for their communities and really take part in the city of Culture celebrations.”
You can find all the information and including on how to apply here.
Community Connectors is part of the Love Coventry programme, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, which takes Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 to neighbourhoods and streets right across the city.
Find more information about the Community Connectors programme, including a video showcasing Connectors themselves at coventry2021.co.uk/community-connectors