Moving IT On - Grants

Grant Information

Festival Bridge will award four research & development innovation grants of £5,000 to creative & cultural organisations or practitioners based or working predominantly in the Festival Bridge area. These funds will look to stimulate consideration of pedagogy in online delivery of creative and cultural education, in collaboration with education settings or youth services.

The fund will allow organisations and practitioners to explore the transfer of existing practice online or the development of new offers. It could examine the use of specific technologies or the adoption of an existing model to local practice.


Applications close 12 noon on Monday 30 November 2020.

Who Can Apply?

Applications can come from any creative or cultural organisation or practitioner who are based or working predominately in the Festival Bridge area of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Peterborough or Suffolk. Applicants will need to have worked with, or currently be working with, education settings or youth services.

Festival Bridge prioritises work that is co-created with stakeholders. In these times we recognise that this may not be as straight-forward as before, however we will prioritise proposals that demonstrate collaboration.

Festival Bridge, as an initiative of Norfolk & Norwich Festival, is committed to contributing to social responsibility and change. We want the individuals we work with to share this commitment with us.  Our interests include a more diverse and inclusive society, environmental sustainability and the changing role of technology in our lives. We particularly welcome proposals from people and organisations who are part of groups or are working with groups that are underrepresented in the arts in East Anglia, especially people from culturally or socially diverse backgrounds and/or people who identify as D/deaf or disabled.

Fund Criteria:

  • Some prior experience in creating a digital learning offer for education settings and/or young people
  • Viable project idea co-created with a school/education setting that has a realistic delivery plan achievable within the budget and timeframe
  • The necessary digital skills and understanding to undertake the proposed intervention
  • Capacity and willingness to engage with existing models of practice and the latest research
  • Willingness to share with and learn from other grantees in the cohort
  • Willingness to contribute to a body of understanding about effective digital pedagogy to be shared with colleagues across the Festival Bridge region (including at a final sharing webinar in July 2021)
  • Commitment to apply the learning from their research & development to their own practice going forward

Festival Bridge will prioritise projects that:

  • Demonstrate co-creation between sectors
  • Use free/inexpensive technologies that are widely accessible
  • Build on an organisation’s or individual’s existing digital learning experience
  • Demonstrate they have the necessary expertise to develop their digital provision
  • Explore the pedagogy of online practice
  • Adhere to best practice in terms of safeguarding particularly in relation to online safety
  • Demonstrate an appropriate balance in the research and test phases of their project

A series of webinars have been devised to create a community of practice and to share existing learning from across the region. You can watch the two which took place in November, and book for the upcoming webinar in February by following the link below: