Additional Restrictions Grant Vibrancy Fund
About the ARG Vibrancy Fund
In recognition of the latest national restrictions impacting businesses, we have opened applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Vibrancy Fund. The purpose of the grant fund is to support city centre businesses through improved experience and increased footfall.
A positive experience when visiting the city centre is essential to improve reputation and help the city to recover and to build on pre-Covid footfall. Now that restrictions have been lifted in the UK, we are looking to award grants to enable businesses to develop individual or joint projects that will support their own business in either the delivery and/or presence of the project while contributing to an overall improvement in the vibrancy of Derby.
The type of projects we anticipate supporting businesses to deliver include:
- window treatments to minimise effects of vacant premises on vibrancy or to enhance businesses whilst they are trading
- street canopy art project/s to enliven street/s where the infrastructure is in place to install safely
- creative lighting that can be used across a number of businesses, events, spaces and occasions
- innovative ways to enhance use of public realm, particularly with art and/ or greening
- ways to introduce local art into the fabric of the city in the form of decorated hoardings, painted streets, wall murals and so on
- creative ways to promote the city, as a vibrant place for a short break.
Organisations will be eligible to apply for the ARG Vibrancy Fund if they are based in Derby and are able to deliver vibrancy projects similar to those described either independently or by collaborating with artists/makers/suppliers
Priority will be given to applications that can demonstrate wider benefits than support for an individual business and those that will build a legacy that will continue to deliver after the specific project has concluded. Projects supported by the grant will need to be delivered before 22 Feb 2022.
How to Apply to the ARG Culture Fund
- Applications for ARG Vibrancy Fund grants must be in before 12pm on 6 September 2021.
- We aim to complete assessments and issue final decision letters by 10 September 2021.
- Applications can be considered at any time during the open period and will be assessed based on their merits. These may not need to wait till 10 September for approval.
Completing the application form
We are inviting applications for grants up to £25,000 through the ARG Vibrancy Fund. By exception we will consider grants at a higher level if budget is available and capacity allows. However, due to the limited level of funding available, we encourage organisations to only apply for what they need to complete the project.
Use the form to provide a breakdown of all costs associated with the project.
Submitting your application
Once you have completed your application please email all supporting information to email@example.com
What happens after I have have submitted an application?
On receipt of an application, Derby City Council will undertake an initial eligibility check to determine whether the project can move to assessment. This eligibility check will include the following verification:
- Application is fully complete
- Eligibility status of applicant
If your application is incomplete, we will notify you of any outstanding information required. You will be given a set time to return this information. Failure to provide this information within the given time may mean your application does not progress to assessment.
We will use the responses you provide to the Information Questions and Finance Questions to assess whether there is a genuine need for the level of funding requested. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make a clear and concise case to justify their funding request. Following assessment, the grants panel will make one of the following recommendations:
- Fund at the level requested
- Fund at a lower level than requested
- Not to fund
Assessments can be made at any point during the grant application process up to 12pm on 6 September.
What if my application is not approved?
There is no right to appeal and the council's decision is final. We will provide details of why your application was rejected or funded at a lower level than requested within our decision letter.
If you have any questions relating to the fund or your application please contact Stella birks, Visitor Services Development Manager
Is the grant subject to tax?
Grant income received by a business is taxable. Therefore, funding paid under this scheme will be subject to tax. Only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.