Arts awards


Creativity awards

If you are an individual or group aged between 13 and 25 years and have a real talent or interest in heritage or the arts, we would like to support you in further developing your skills with our Creativity Award.

Our Creativity Awards are open to every young person from the Epping Forest district, aged between 13 and 25 years.
The awards are designed to support and develop artistic and creative talent in the district. This year one award is available for up to £1000.00. To be considered for the Creativity Award, applicants are required to demonstrate their commitment to their area of interest and explain how the award will help them develop their talent.Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are actively pursuing their area of interest. This can be through volunteering, education, exhibition, performance or other routes.
The awards are open to individuals and groups (a minimum of 3 people) aged 13 to 25 who are looking for support for their creative activity. This could be a group that is already established (such as art clubs, theatre companies, choirs or orchestras) or one that is formed especially to apply for funding.

How to apply


Deadline for applications is Sunday 16 December 2018


 There are 7 steps that you will need to fill in. These include your details and information on what you are applying for. You may find it easier to look at the questions and type your answers in Microsoft Word (or another application) and then cut and paste them into the form. You will need to provide at least 1 reference; this could be from your teacher, youth worker, tutor or group coordinator and return it to us by the closing date.
Your referee will be contacted and asked to support your application so please make sure you have spoken to them about it. We may call or email you after the deadline for more information and may either request that you meet with an officer or that we visit you or your group at your venue if you have one.

Creativity Awards FAQ

 To be eligible for an award you must
• Be aged between 13 and 25 years on the closing date
• Live / work / volunteer in the Epping Forest district - if you are at college / university return ‘home’ to the Epping Forest district during the holidays
• Demonstrate a high level of interest or skill
• Explain how the award will be spent and what it means to you
• Spend the award on activities that take place within the district or have benefit for the people of the district.You cannot
• Have won a sports or arts award in the last 2 years

The purpose of Creativity Award funding is to support you in progressing your creative talent to the next level. For example it could help you buy specialist equipment or materials, go towards competition / event entry fees and any associated travel and accommodation, enable you to undertake specific research projects or help fund extra tuition. You just have to tell us how it will help.
You can apply for up to £1,000
Depending on the number of applications received we hope to let you know the week commencing Monday 22 January 2018. Creativity Awards will be presented formally at the council’s civic awards ceremony which is held in the Spring.. 
Choosing who wins the award is a difficult process. The applications will be reviewed by a panel of EFDC staff from different specialisms. Should there be any conflict of interest (for example if one of the members of the panel knows an applicant) this will be declared and they will not be able to comment on the application. It is a competitive process therefore the more funding you apply for the more extensive information we will require.

Yes there are 5 conditions. When you apply you will need to confirm that you have read them.
1. The award may only be used for the purpose stated on your application form.
2. You must start to spend the award by the specified date and have completed the activity in 1 years’ time.
3. Award winners will keep the Museums, Heritage and Culture department of Epping Forest District Council informed of their success and provide at least 1 image and/or statement after the activity or by June if still on-going.
4. Agreed the use of the image(s) or statement for press releases and to appear online.
5. Successful applicants may be requested to demonstrate their skills or exhibit their work at an appropriate local event or civic function during the year.

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Read about our winners

Chalk Line Theatre Company

The company received funding towards their first play ‘Testament’ which discusses suicide in young men. Suicide is the most common cause of death for young men in the UK.Chalk Line founders, Sam and William feel this needs to change and want to use their play to provoke an audience into opening discussing the matter. The award will support them in taking the production to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018 alongside working with a local secondary school. It will provide young people with a platform to express how they feel through a series of workshops. They aim to develop a working relationship with PAPYRUS (a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide), and bring a charity representative into their workshops to discuss how the charity can provide support.It is Chalk Line’s aim to continue to offer young people a voice by creating shows that challenge society and educate people upon subject matters which get ignored. The creativity award will allow them to do this on a greater scale. 

Past Winners

The overall winner of the Creativity Awards 2016 was an emerging company, Shambles Theatre.  As a young company they aim to use theatre to address social issues affecting their generation. They’ve received funding towards their first production ‘Rabbit Heart’, which raises awareness of both cultural acceptance of violence against women and the stigma surrounding men’s mental health. The company of three have written the play to show the strengths of each member of the group. Taylor Danson has a background in contemporary dance and ballet but is also a writer, actor and singer. Allie Munro is a talented actor with a background in choreography and a flair for directing which she has put to use in ‘Rabbit Heart’. And Lynne Jefferies who, whilst her background is in movement and acting, has seized the opportunity to showcase her unique writing style. {slider=Rebecca Ford - Loughton Youth Theatre}Loughton Youth Theatre, represented by Rebecca Ford who runs the group, provide affordable youth theatre training for young people aged 6-16. At only £5 a week they cater for children who otherwise wouldn’t be able to take part in such activities, with the support of local charity Red Balloon Family. The funding will allow them to further develop their work by purchasing the rights for the Wizard of Oz, a show they will devise with different groups from the district for the next year. In addition the funding will also allow them to purchase some radio microphones which will be loaned out to other local organisations in order to benefit a wider audience.Epping Forest Youth Theatre rehearsing Wizard of OZ Picture: Epping Forest Youth Theatre rehearsing The Wizard of Oz
The panel felt that the overall winner very clearly demonstrated commitment to developing their creative talent. Writing and developing a play to full production is a significant achievement and supporting it to go to Edinburgh Fringe, which is renowned for paving the way for many successful performers and writers, will clearly help the group develop their talent, skills and profile.Additionally the panel was very impressed with the aspirations of the group to use their creative talent to explore the issues around mental health and its impact on relationships, education and work prospects and to stage performances in local mental health settings.Producing a play at the Fringe is a significant achievement. It has paved the way for many successful performers and writers, and will clearly help the group develop their talent, skills and profile. Our judges were especially impressed by the group's exploration of mental health issues including the impact on relationships, education and work prospects and of the group’s plans to take their play into schools and local mental health settings.Phoebe Taylor said: “Three Reasonable Women are delighted to have been awarded the Epping Forest District Council Creativity Award. This support will enable us to take our debut play, 'Chlorine', to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014, bringing deep-seated social issues to a wider audience.”Three Reasonable Women‘Three Reasonable Women’ Zack Hunt, Leona Allen, (Chairman of Council Mary Sartin), Phoebe Taylor, Louise Skaaning and Scarlet Sheriff accepting their award.
Raine Coles, co-founder of Birds of Inconvenience Theatre Company, was presented with a cheque for £1,000. Raine’s theatre company of four, Birds of Inconvenience, applied to take two shows to Edinburgh Fringe in 2014 ,including her own play ‘Mother’s Absence’, which is part rooted in her own family biography.
Luciee Marie ClosierLuciee Marie Closier was presented with £300 to cover recording time and the start of building a website.Luciee appeared on the BBC’s ‘The Voice UK’.  The 17 year-old was chosen to become part of Team Ricky Wilson.  She got through to the battle round but was sent home at that point.Luciee has been signed into a Management and PR Contract with global PR firm Lavish PR.  She will be working alongside the team at Lavish in addition to teams of songwriters and producers to write, record and release a debut single and album, followed by a UK Tour.Luciee Marie said: "Thank you so much for the creativity award. The money provided paid for me and my guitarist Jay Alfie to record the video and track I have put the link to below." Take a look at this video on YouTube"My website is currently being built, it has a temporary holding page at"I have lots of charity events and festivals booked all over the uk this year too, my gig list can be found on my Facebook page and website.  My Facebook page is Luciee Marie Closier and my twitter account is @lucieeclosier."The creativity award has really helped me to kick start my career. I have done an event for Waltham Abbey Town Council, headlining the festival of variety in Sun Street. My biggest live gig to date was performing at Wembley Arena as the supporting act for the UKG concert on 31 May 2014, along with some other singers from Live Music Essex."

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