Identifying good practice in climate innovation investment for arts and culture organisations
Can you help us to identify potential case studies that demonstrate how logistics for climate funding are administrated in the arts and cultural sectors?
We are working with the Arts Council England and the British Council to explore the role that arts and cultural organisations can play in supporting climate-focused work. Through our research, we are looking to gather examples of funds, projects, and initiatives from the UK and around the world that have contributed to mitigating climate change and promoting sustainability though arts and culture.
Climate investment - what are we looking to uncover?
Good practice in climate innovation investment for arts and culture organisations goes beyond artistic practice and requires supporting meaningful action at all levels of arts and cultural organisations. We are particularly interested in understanding, but not limited to, examples of:
Meaningful data collection on environmental impact
Investment in buildings, infrastructure, and cleaner technology
Carbon and environmental literacy across in the cultural workforce
Development of local procurement and green transportation
What are the guiding themes of this research?
This research will produce a series of case studies that showcase examples from the UK and around the world that demonstrate the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of the logistics of the finances behind climate-based funding within the arts and cultural sector. It will therefore examine the following themes:
Best practice. From the UK and internationally from funders like public bodies, trusts and foundations and philanthropic organisations.
Sustainability requirements. Understand how funders have built in reasonable sustainability requirements including how to demonstrate change.
Environmental credentials. Understand how funders have evaluated an organisation’s environmental credentials when bidding for funding.
Funding alignment to environmental impact. How best to advocate environmental values through funding, by explore how funding has aligned with funders’ climate or environmental responsibility goals.
Project delivery. Exploring how work was delivered in a way that responded to climate issues and environmental responsibility.
Understand challenges faced. Exploring the different challenges in delivering projects from a funder and an organisation’s perspective.
Collaboration. Exploring collaborative methodologies adopted including international, arts and science, and evaluation approaches.
Funding approaches. Exploring funding methodologies or approaches utilised within the funds as well as their outcomes.
How to get involved?
You can share any examples of funds, projects, or initiatives that you are aware of within the last 5 years, by emailing Andy Parkinson, director and project lead for Wavehill by Friday 11th August 2023.
Examples in the UK, wider EU, North America, Australia, Nordics, Indian sub-continent, and East Asia.
Formal funding programmes that include clear aims and objectives, guidance and application and assessment criteria
Research that is subject to a clear research process
Informal published material and grey literature
Examples from 2018 onwards
Funding programmes over £100,000 in value