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Diversity Grants Scheme

Celebrate with a Cultural Diversity Grant

We are inviting local voluntary and community groups to apply for funding to help them celebrate their cultural diversity this year.

By awarding such grants, we hope this will help raise knowledge and understanding of the different cultures that can be found within Worcestershire and encourage interaction amongst our residents.

So, if you are planning a cultural celebration this year and you would like to share parts of your culture with the rest of the County then why not read on and see if a cultural diversity grant is for you.

Download the Diversity Grants Poster (PDF 340 KB)

For the latest information about Worcestershire County Council's Voluntary and Community Grants Scheme, follow the link to the Council's Voluntary & Community Sector web pages.

What are we Aiming to do?

The overall aim of the Scheme is to promote a sense of belonging for all our communities and build strong and positive relationships between people with different backgrounds to strengthen social cohesion.

We want to create opportunities for communities to experience and participate in creative activities around cultural diversity.

How to Apply

Application forms can be downloaded or you can request a copy from Suzie James, VCS Unit Coordinator on 01905 728650.

Good luck to everyone who decides to apply and we look forward to receiving your applications soon.

Funding can be used in a variety of ways as long as it is focuses on celebrating cultural diversity. For example, groups could host a celebratory event around festivals, special holidays, food, music, dance, cultural preferences, traditions, or different experiences in history.

As part of the application process, groups will have to provide details of what they intend to do with any funding they receive from us.  

Any group awarded a grant will only be permitted to spend our funding on the event outlined in their application form.

We are offering grants of up to £1,000. Funding can support an entire project or contribute towards jointly funded projects. We are also offering support to help groups fill in the application form.

There are usually two funding rounds each year. To find out more please go to the Voluntary and Community Sector Grants page.

What to Expect

As well as providing funding, we will be on hand to provide advice and guidance on both the application process and the planning of your event. We will promote your event on our webpage and in return we ask that our logo is visible on any promotional material that you produce.

If you are unsuccessful, we will suggest other organisations which may be able to provide funding.

Definitions

Cultural Diversity - Definitions
Term Definition

Community -

A group of individuals who share cultural and social experiences within a common geographic or political jurisdiction.

Cultural Diversity -

Differences in race, ethnicity, language, nationality, or religion among various groups within a community, organization, or nation.

Culture -

The values, traditions, norms, customs, arts, history, folklore, and institutions that a group of people, who are unified by race, ethnicity, language, nationality, or religion, share.

Communities are complex and multi-layered, meaning that a particular community is made up of many 'cultures'. These may be apparent through arts and cultural activities, which are already happening and many more that, are less visible to people outside that community.

Community culture might also include expressions of identity such as language, dress, cuisine, sporting activities and more in addition to what is narrowly termed 'arts'.

These things are part of most communities in some form or another, and they are usually of great value to those communities, even if they are not prominent aspects of some communities' lives. In the context of CCD activities, wider definitions of 'culture' are often used to identify communities and bring them together, although project activities tend to be limited to art aspects of culture.

Cultural practices -

May relate to language, shared sense of history, religious and spiritual observances; protocol, eating and drinking habits; prohibitions and taboos; forms of artistic expression.

Cultural Diversity -

The mosaic of individuals and groups with varying backgrounds, experiences, styles, perceptions, values and beliefs.

Cultural Group -

Individuals who share a common culture, including certain behaviours, knowledge, values, assumptions, expectations and skills.

Culture -

Any patterned set of behaviours, knowledge, values, beliefs, experiences and traditions shared by a particular group of people.

Faith Community -

A community that includes religious groups or churches.

Norms -

A behaviour or belief that is considered typical of a community.

Race -

A socially defined population based on visible, genetically transmitted physical characteristics

Race:

A concept which focuses on differences in humans based on physical characteristics.

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External websites

  • Equality and Human Rights Commission
    Works to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build good relations, ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to participate in society.
  • Plain English
    A website of an organisation who have been fighting for crystal-clear communication since 1979.
  • Worcestershire Racial Equality Council (WREC)
    The WREC assists people who believe they have been discriminated against, or who experience difficulty in using mainstream services because of language and cultural differences.
  • BBC Interfaith Calendar
    Interfaith holy days and festivals Calendar.

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This page was last reviewed 29 May 2013 at 15:01.
The page is next due for review 25 November 2014.