As part of our promise to support and engage with communities, the aim of Wychavon Village of Culture 2020 is to ‘encourage culture as a catalyst for change’

The competition will see the winning area awarded £5,000, with two runners up receiving £1,000 each, to deliver a programme of cultural activity during 2020.

The programmes, which can include a mixture of visual arts, literature, music, theatre, heritage, sports and more, will need to reach a wide variety of audiences, lead to a lasting social impact and create a legacy for the area.

We are looking for high quality cultural programmes that are distinctive, ambitious, build on existing strengths, include partnerships with local organisations and will contribute to the health and wellbeing of the area.

To apply, areas need to spell out their own vision and how they will use the prize money by submitting an Expression of Interest Form to us by 18 September 2019.

The top three will then be selected by the Rural Matters Advisory Panel in early October. The chosen three then need to submit a final bid by 24 October 2019 for Executive Board to make a final decision before the winner is announced in January 2020.

Please read the pdf Guidance Notes (215 KB)  before completing the expression of interest form. These guidance notes set out the overall aims of Wychavon’s Village of Culture, the bidding process and associated timescales.

For more information please contact Mark Williams on 01386 565229 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.