Round 3 Funding News

An augmented reality game and a festival for young people, by young people, are just two of the excellent ideas offered funding by Ideas Test in Round 3.


It was satisfying to note the increased geographical coverage featuring in the bids, together with more ideas from the voluntary sector. To truly reach our potential in creating new opportunities for the residents of Swale and Medway, please do encourage more of your community ‘doers’ to put forward their ideas.

A record number of submissions this time around also resulted in a record number of grants awarded – the success rate is up!

“It was fantastic to see so many exciting and generous projects coming forward; in itself proof of the value of this model of investment.”

To give yourself the best chance of success with your bid, keep an eye on our blog here, as we’ll be posting some some helpful hints and tips to guide your submission.

Subject to some terms and conditions, the following people have been awarded grants.

Community Catalysts:

Emma Dewhurst – WOW online. Making a website as beautiful as the magazine and extending it to Swale.

Carl Jeffrey – Pay-it-FWD (working title). Enabling participants at the coFWD coworking space to start creative projects that benefit local culture.

Justin Aggett – Swale Young Persons Arts and Culture Festival, delivered with/by young people.

Laurie Harpum – Love Sheppey X Event Day 2014. Building on the success of the small experiment last year.

Mandy Shade – a sculpture trail for Barton’s Point Coastal Park.

Mary Eddowes – Street Theatre Festival by local artists.

Natasha Steer – CreataboX At Home. Enabling residents with mobility issues to get involved in making art.

Roy Smith – Real Medway and Swale (working title). An augmented reality game available via a downloadable app.

Siobhan Timoney – Neighbours. Establishing an arts group at Faversham Almshouses.

Travis Illsley – Sheppey Youth in Action. Empowering young people to realise their creative ideas and earn Arts Award accreditation.

Small Experiments:

Chris Evenden – Live Performance of a Modern World. Young people delivering a music and dance event.

DGSM yourchoice – Arts at Aburound. Experiment and experience for adults with learning disabilities.

Gordon Lamont and Pulse – Memories of Swale. An intergenerational creativity project.

Hope Fitzgerald – #walkSwaleMedway. Creative engagement with photography and other art forms on an extended walk.

Jenni Burrows – Lest We Forget. Integrating older and younger generations through creative making.

Katy Sills – A documented live music and dance flash mob by young people in Sittingbourne.

Lucky Moyo – Singing Villages. Writing and performing songs in village halls with and about local people and their culture.

Lynda Marshall – Milton Creek Country Park Event, involving the local community in the delivery.

Minster Gatehouse Museum – The Sheppey Timeline. Commissioning a creative response to engage a newer, bigger audience.

Nicola Flower – Blankets. The making of a large, tactile textile featuring pieces by the Blind Fellowship of Sittingbourne.

Oast House Community Centre – A community awareness and fundraising day to encourage more usage.

Unravel and Unwind – Craft pop up workshops in cafes, libraries and children’s centres across Medway.

Congratulations to all of those above – we look forward to seeing the outcome of your endeavours 🙂

Panel members in attendance for Round 3 were:
Chris White – Swale CVS, Consortium member
Catherine Herbert – Artistic Critical Friend, Whitstable Bienniele
Tania Holland – Community Catalyst
Cathy Westbrook – Community Catalyst
Rikard Osterlund – Former grant recipient

‘Decision panel Round 3 was full of many great ideas, which proves that there is a huge wealth of creativity and innovation based locally. It was also fantastic to see more applications come in from non-arts community organisations.’

Also in attendance but not involved in the decision making, were Ideas Test team members:
Steph Fuller (Creative Enabler)
Cassy Fry (Project Co-ordinator)
Nicole Mollett (Small Experiments Ambassador)
Jaye Nolan (Communications Manager).

For those of you unsuccessful this time around – don’t give up: Ideas Test welcomes applicants to try again. It can be disheartening to get a ‘no’, but we will meet you in person, if desired, to give you honest feedback and help you make your application more robust for next time.

Here’s to a creative and inspiring new year!