Having recently announced three new recipients of our Music and Dance Challenge Fund, we thought we would catch up with last year’s recipients to find out about their highlights of the year and any advice they have for this year’s successful projects, starting with Beacon Hill Arts...
Spirit of 2012 has awarded over £650,000 from the Spirit of Achievement Arts and Culture Challenge Fund to three separate projects. All three of this year’s projects focus on inspiring disabled and non-disabled people through music and dance.
The three successful organisations are Creative Arts East and Stopgap Dance Company, both working in the East of England and DanceSyndrome in the North West.
Spirit of 2012 is one of the funders of Get Set’s Road to Rio - the official youth engagement programme from Team GB and Paralympics GB. It uses the magic of the Games, the Olympic and Paralympic Values to help young people fulfil their potential and get them active.
Spirit of 2012 funds Spirit of Rugby - a partnership with England Rugby that builds on the inspiration of the 2015 Rugby World Cup and inclusion of Rugby in the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games. The programme seeks to increase participation and volunteering in Rugby Union, together with changing perceptions of the sport.
Women and girls in Darlington had the chance to try something new when England Rugby and Rugby World Cup winner and TV personality Maggie Alphonsi descended on Market Square for Spirit of Rugby’s Scrub Up, Scrum Down event.
As part of their Spirit of Women programme, to mark and celebrate the centenary of women’s suffrage, Spirit of 2012 has awarded a £150,000 contract to the Fawcett Society to deliver a conference and small grants programme called Spirit of Women Changemakers, in November 2016.
The event will bring together stakeholders from a wide range of sectors to discuss barriers to gender equality, and find solutions to address current issues.
As part of the Glasgow XX Commonwealth Games legacy, Spirit of 2012 awarded grants to the UK Community Foundation (UKCF) and Springboard to support fourteen communities across the UK to allocate funding locally over three years.
Spirit of 2012 has received £200,000 of additional Commonwealth Games 2014 Legacy Funding from the Scottish Government.
Spirit has been granted this additional funding to ensure that the learning from the Legacy 2014 projects can be shared as widely as possible across Scotland, helping to create a lasting legacy of increased activity from the 2014 Games. We are also working closely with University of Strathclyde, to ensure the impact and learning from the eleven projects is captured effectively.
Team London Young Ambassadors, the Mayor of London's volunteering programme for schools co-funded by Spirit of 2012, has won the Department for Education (DfE) Character Award for Greater London.
Spirit of 2012’s Youth Advisory Panel (Spirit YAP) has awarded its first funding grants. Two separate awards of nearly £50,000 have been made to a young offenders’ reading project in Northern Ireland and a Plymouth-based intergenerational music project.
Spirit of 2012 funds Inclusive Futures, a leadership and volunteering initiative which is delivered by the Youth Sport Trust and is based in nine host cities across the UK. Young volunteers in each city are guided by a Volunteer Coordinator and each city organises training camps and activities throughout the year, as well as identifying local volunteering opportunities. The project aims to change behaviour and attitudes among young people on issues related to ability, access and equality in sport.