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The Council invests in culture in many different ways. These include: Culture and Creative Investment Programme Grants, FEAST grants, capital (building) projects, and project grants.

Cornwall Council supports the Culture and Creative Sector through the Culture and Creative Investment Programme. This is a four-year investment programme for 2022–2026 totalling £1.8m. Working together with the successful applicants will enable us to achieve Cornwall's Creative Manifesto Ambitions. Find out more about the recipients of this programme and their work.

You can see examples of some of the projects we are supporting on our project webpages. Here are some ways to find support for your project:

FEAST grants

Cornwall Council and Arts Council England co-fund the innovative FEAST programme. You can apply to FEAST for grants. FEAST grants enable Cornwall’s artists and communities to make inspiring projects.

FEAST helps create great things to see and do across Cornwall. Visit the FEAST website for details of how to apply. You can also see examples of the plethora of supported projects.

Museums and historic buildings

Is your project for a historic building? Visit the Strategic Historic Environment Service.

The Q Fund

The Sir Arthur Quiller Couch Memorial Fund was set up as a charitable trust in 1945.

You can apply for Grants of between £50 to £500 towards local research work in literary or allied subjects. Grants are for: 

  • support travelling
  • get transcripts
  • support other expenses in conducting research

Or, they may contribute to production costs, including:

  • editing
  • design
  • printing

The Q Fund wants to improve diversity, excellence and creativity in Cornish literature.

Cornwall Council is the Trustee for the fund.

The Council holds the Trust Fund on behalf of a small Committee which is the award-making body. The Fund is keen to support writers at all stages of their careers and to support a diverse range of projects. 

Recently these have included: the European Literature Train, Richard Trevithick, Search and Rescue, and Emily Hobhouse.

Sir Arthur Quiller Couch's nickname was 'Q'. There is a wealth of information about his life and work on the Arthur Quiller Couch website.

In addition the Morrab Library holds a large and varied selection of material relating to the lives and writings of the Couch family. This includes:

  • a complete collection of Q’s novels, short stories and published lectures
  • works and biographies relating to Q
  • novels by his sisters, Lilian and Mabel
  • manuscript material and scientific papers from both his grandfather Jonathan and uncle Richard

There is also extensive secondary material on all family members. This is available through our historic newspaper collections, academic journals and textbooks.

How to apply for a Q Fund Grant

The Committee usually awards grants twice a year in May and November. The next deadline is Friday 1 November 2024

It's easy to apply, simply use the application form below and email to (please put ‘Q’ in the subject line).

Download the application form

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