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At Dying Matters, we believe that conversations start in communities. We all know that the difficult bit is getting the conversation started – and that’s why, through our new Community Grants Programme, we are looking for new and creative ways to spark those important conversations in communities across the UK. Application for this year's programme are now closed, and we will be in contact with applicants as soon as we can.

From photography to performance art; installations to an invitation to passers-by to share their story of grief – whatever your idea, we want to hear from you. 

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Who can apply and how much for?

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Applications for this year's grants programme closed on 21st February. We'd like to thank everyone who applied - we have been blown away by the number and quality of the applications. We are now reviewing all the applications and will be in touch with both successful and unsuccessful applicants around the end of March.

We hope to run the grants programme again in 2023. It's clear that there is a huge appetite and enthusiasm to use the arts to open up conversations with different communities across the UK about death and grief.

Our grants are aimed at community-led arts and culture projects, with a focus on equality and inclusion, and which approach the subject of dying in an innovative or creative way. We look for activities which take place in communities, outside of formal healthcare settings, which help make it easier for people to talk about death and dying.

We look forward to announcing the winning applications and supporting a set of brilliant projects through 2022, all kindly supported by Dignity Funerals.

How do I know this is for my organisation?

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Check out our FAQs below to see if the programme is the right one for you and your organisation.

Want a few ideas of the kinds of things that these grants can fund? Here are a few – but don’t worry if you have another idea, these are just some suggestions.

An installation in a public place that people can add to as they go by; a spoken word workshop with a young person’s group; a theatre production; a photography exhibition; a roving installation; composing a song or sketch with a group; crafting or puppet making with young people or children with disabilities; a piece of dance or drama responding to Dying Matters themes; a literary reading or library workshop; a comedy workshop or performance addressing Dying Matters themes; community based street art or mosaic project; an audience generated interactive compilation of poetry or photography; outdoor performing arts workshop or performance;

This list is not exhaustive so if you don’t see anything like your project, then don’t worry. If you have any further questions, then email info@hospiceuk.org with the subject line ‘Dying Matters Community Grants Programme’

FAQs

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Got a question about our grants programme? Check out our FAQs. 

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If you have any further questions, then email info@hospiceuk.org with the subject line ‘Dying Matters Community Grants Programme’.