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KWMC awarded Arts Council Catalyst Evolve funding

We are delighted that Arts Council England have announced Knowle West Media Centre as one of 140 projects that will collectively receive a total of £17.5 million through the Catalyst Evolve programme.

Catalyst Evolve is a new initiative that will help organisations develop successful and sustainable fundraising models by investing in their capacity.  Money raised will be matched by the fund over a period of three years.

For 20 years we have used digital technologies, music, media and the arts to support people to make positive changes in their lives and communities.  This funding will help us to develop fruitful relationships with individual givers, private trusts, foundations and corporates so we can invest more resources in the production of high-quality art and cultural experiences, particularly for young people and communities who have had the least opportunity to take part.

Clare Titley, Director of Philanthropy, Arts Council England, said: “Arts and cultural organisations are working hard to attract new income and particularly to encourage more private giving.  I’m looking forward to seeing how our investment can have a real impact and watching the progress of the organisations towards their matched income targets over the next three years.

“Knowle West Media Centre do an exceptional job engaging their local community with high quality arts and cultural experiences, particularly people with few other opportunities to take part.  We were delighted to support their plans to further develop their fundraising programme and increase their long-term financial resilience.”

For more details about the Catalyst Evolve fund and Arts Council England visit their website.

#GiveMe5 Campaign – donate online and it could be doubled!

This week is Small Charity Week, a celebration of the UK’s small charity sector.  As part of this week, we’re taking part in Localgiving’s #GiveMe5 campaign, which will double 1,000 x £5 donations made to charities through their online platform on Thursday 16th June.

The campaign is open for 24 hours and all £5 donations have the same chance of being matched. At the end of the 24 hours, 1,000 donations will be randomly selected to benefit from an additional £5 of match funding, with successful donors being notified within three working days.

Please support Knowle West Media Centre on Thursday 16th June and be in with a chance of doubling your donation! You can take part in #GiveMe5 and donate to KWMC here.

Your support helps us to keep our projects running, develop new ideas, support people into education, employment and training, and give young people access to new opportunities.  For more information about the impact of our work please click here.

Success for The Factory in Skills & Opportunities fund

We are delighted to announce that Knowle West Media Centre has been awarded a share of NatWest’s £2.5 million Skills and Opportunities Fund.

We have been awarded £23,965 to provide workshops at our training and making space KWMC The Factory. These workshops will support 120 people, particularly those currently under-represented in enterprise, to develop the skills and knowledge to thrive in the manufacturing and making industries.

KWMC is one of three organisations selected in the South West, alongside I Can Do That CIC in Torquay and West Devon Business Information Point in Okehampton. The Skills & Opportunities Fund ‘supports organisations in disadvantaged communities that help people develop, create, or access the skills and opportunities they need to get into work or start a business.’ Charities, not-for-profit organisations and state-funded schools and colleges can apply for up to £35,000 each for a specific project from the fund.

Oliver Watts, Chairman of NatWest’s South West and Wales Regional Board, said: “It was a challenging decision because of the standard of entries we received. But the panel felt that all of the organisations would make a massive impact in their local communities.”

We know that satisfaction with local jobs is very low in our area – around 12% in the latest neighbourhood statistical report – and this funding will enable us to support more people to explore the possibilities of self-employment. Over the next few months we’ll be delivering a range of skills development workshops in digital fabrication, prototyping and product design, and we’re looking forward to supporting more local people, from all backgrounds, to make it in business.

A huge thank you to everyone who voted for KWMC in the public vote and helped to spread the word about our programme.  Watch this space for more information…

If you’d like to register your interest in the ‘Making it in Business’ workshops please contact Justin Ricks on 0117 903 0444 or



Cast your vote and help South Bristol ‘make it in business’

Our digital manufacturing space, KWMC The Factory, has been shortlisted for the RBS Skills & Opportunities Fund, for a new programme that will support people to explore entrepreneurship and make their business dreams a reality.

You could help us make it happen by casting your vote: find out more about our proposal here and vote online here.

The Factory is KWMC’s making and training space: we create digitally manufactured products and provide opportunities for everyone to “make it” by opening up access to tools and technologies including a CNC router and laser cutter.

Our ‘Making it in business’ workshops will support people to develop the knowledge, skills and experience to thrive in the manufacturing and making industries and consider setting up their own businesses. We aim to work with 120 participants from South Bristol, especially those currently under-represented in enterprise including young people, women and Knowle West residents.

We’re planning to deliver a range of skills development workshops in digital fabrication, prototyping, product design, market research and costing. Those who want to develop their idea into a business will be supported to understand the next steps and participants can continue using The Factory’s facilities after the programme.

We know that satisfaction with local jobs is very low in our area at just 12% (Filwood ward, Quality of Life survey by Bristol City Council 2013) – and with just three clicks you can help us support more people to make it in business!

Voting closes at midday on Friday 22nd April. Cast your vote at:

Photo: Photography © Max McClure

KWMC awarded funding from Arts Council England

We’re delighted to announce that Knowle West Media Centre has been awarded £153,000 from the Arts Council England Small Capital grants programme. The funds will used to upgrade and improve our digital equipment and develop the environmental sustainability of our building.

Improving our infrastructure and equipment will enable us to reach and support more people to make positive changes in their lives and communities, play a central role in ‘smart’ city initiatives, and continue to reduce our environmental impact. Sustainable technologies and citizen engagement are key to a more efficient and productive future for us and we’re thrilled to have received support from Arts Council England.

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said: ‘Knowle West Media Centre offers a unique opportunity for their local community to engage with the arts and their environment, learn new skills and explore digital technology.  By investing £153,000 through our National Lottery funded Capital programme, we are helping the organisation build a better, more resilient future by upgrading their technology and reducing their environmental impact.’

Support young people with just a few clicks…

This month please use your clicking fingers for good and support our campaign for Aviva Community Funding.  With just a few clicks you can help us provide an inspiring summer programme for young people in Bristol.

We want to encourage and support more young people to be creative, active members of their communities, and help them to develop new skills they can use both in school and out.

Through ‘Jump Into…’ they will design and create sustainable fashion, build their very own robots, and make jewellery using the latest ‘Maker Lab’ technologies, such as laser cutters.

Registration takes just a few clicks: visit our page and click on ‘Register / Log in’.

When you’ve registered you’ll be given 10 votes: every vote counts, so please show us your support! You can vote until May 31st.

Please share this message with your friends, family and networks and help us secure the funding to provide a fun and accessible programme of arts activities for young people in Bristol.

A big thank you from everyone at Knowle West Media Centre.

KWMC secures Arts Council funding for 2015-18

We’re delighted to have received continued funding from Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation for 2015-18 and we’re excited about what the next three years will bring. We will continue to engage with communities and support young people to access new opportunities, as well as developing new work exploring how the arts can support social action, entrepreneurship and sustainability. We look forward to working with residents, artists and organisations to ensure that everyone has access to great art and culture, whatever their background.

Contact Us

Knowle West Media Centre
Leinster Avenue
Knowle West
+44 (0) 117 903 0444

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