Active Arts Project


The £20,000 giveaway is an idea developed by the Liverpool Empire Theatre Trust in association with the Liverpool Echo to develop new projects that have everything except the cash to make them happen.

The rules are simple and the aim is to make arts projects happen which wouldn’t without the help of The Empire Trust.

It must be a new project – an application for cash to pay into an existing fund would not succeed, the aim is to encourage new ideas to be brought forward.

If you have a great idea for a project but don’t have the money to make it happen – now it could could with some help from us!

Successful Applications

£1500 – Edda Arts (Cheryl Craven, Director)
Edda Arts is part of Bridge Inn Community Farm in Formby. They run workshops in performing arts for students with learning difficulties. The grant is to buy equipment to offer workshops in lighting operation and design.

£1100 – Ellesmere Port Musical Theatre Company (Craig Price, Musical Director)
Charity theatre group – the grant is to buy lighting equipment and to fund a new mobile friendly website to encourage ticket sales for the charity.

£870 – Extreme Dance Company (Clare Graham, Principal)
Dance company based in Garston- 58 of their dancers have gained a place in That’s Showbiz Grand Final in April at the Echo Arena. Grant will pay entry fees of £15 per child as many children come from less affluent families, they wouldn’t otherwise be able to take part.

£1500 – Footloose Musicals (Donna Gribbin, Treasurer)
Charity group who help and support young people to put on musicals and learn new skills. Grant is to buy a laptop, a printer and microphones plus costumes for the next production – Footloose!

£925 – Gladstone Theatre Trust (Nathan Storm)
Charitable Trust based in Port Sunlight. The grant is to set up a film club aimed at the older generation in the local community. All time classic films will be screened twice monthly and lunch and refreshments will be provided.

£250 – Linacre Ukulele Club (Eric Menzies, Founder)
A friendly, fun group who play at Linacre Mission with a non-profit agenda. Members range from 24 – 80. Grant will enable the group to buy some more ukuleles to loan to members wanting to learn and join.

£500 – Mate Productions (Gaynor La Rocca, Artistic Director)
A community arts and theatre company based in Knowsley who put on large-scale community engagement projects, spectacular site-specific and outdoor theatre events in a wide range of genres. Grant is to buy a new piano and musical instruments.

£2000 – Nouveaux Morris Dancers (Adele Quarless, Principal)
Morris dancing troupe based in Netherley which provides a safe space for girls aged 3 years upwards to dance and train in local and regional competitions. The grant will pay for t-shirts and hoodies for the girls as they are celebrating their 10th season.

£1250 – Our Lady’s Church, Eldon Street (Michael O’Neill, Organist)
The church is in Eldon Street, Liverpool 3 and the grant is to bring back the pipe organ to be rebuilt and used for recitals, community events, funerals and local community events. The Grant will also provide economic support and apprenticeship opportunities at a local organ builder’s workshop.

£1895 – Spider Project (Mel Bowen, Head of Project)
A creative arts community project helping people living with mental health issues, long term health conditions and/or overcoming addictions. The grant is to buy a screen printing machine which will help create new exhibitions and sale of printed artwork, t-shirts and posters.

£1500 – Team Oasis (Paul Nilson, Founder)
Dance & drama group based in Aigburth offering opportunities for children and young people to learn, develop, grow confidence and meet new friends. The grant is to buy 2 portable ballet barres.

£250 – The Evelyn Street Singers (Yvonne Mattocks, Group Leader)
Vocal and singing group based in Evelyn Street, Warrington. The grant will be used to print booklets for the group to be used at local charity events, care homes and Christmas events.

£1640 – The Royal Standard (TRS Gallery) (Jade French, Development Officer)
Charitable artist-led gallery and studio who support emerging artists to pursue careers in the arts by providing affordable workspace and training. Grant will enable the group to buy a Risograph printer which will enable the members to print its own public event materials in house, making a dramatic saving in costs.

£2000 – Waterloo & Crosby Theatre Company (Nicci Henshaw, Chairman)
Local amateur theatre group but have been homeless since the closure of the Civic Hall. An all-inclusive society with a diverse group of members. The grant will provide sound equipment for the group who perform in many venues across the community.

£2000 – What We Did Next (Zoe Thirsk, Chairperson)
Local theatre company in the Aigburth area with 50 members. The grant is to buy 4 radio mics which will be used for their own productions and will be rented to other local groups at less than the going rate and will form a new income stream and help others with costs.

£1000 – Winning Hand C.I.C. (Patricia Hughes)
Charitable theatre group for 14 – 18 year olds. The grant will fund the making of a film about the dangers of drink and drugs relevant to today’s youngsters. To be scripted, directed, produced and acted by local young people and guided by a professional qualified film maker.

£1000 – Wirral Community Orchestra (Lesley Owen, Chairperson)
Local community orchestra of all ages and abilities who give concerts locally and support charity events. The grant will buy music stand covers with the orchestra logo which will improve greatly the professional appearance at concerts.