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  • Writer's pictureAndy Parkinson

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.

Please note the inclusion criteria for funds and projects. If you are unsure of programme, project or fund eligibility or want more information on this research, please email Andy Parkinson directly.

Inclusion criteria

  • 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


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