Grants Awarded for Creative Activity in Reading

Creative Lives, in partnership with Reading Borough Council, is proud to announce the full list of Seed Fund grants to support creative activities and encourage residents to feel connected to Reading.

We received 61 applications, and awarded 32 grants totalling £28,300. 

The grants are part of Reading Borough Council’s commitment to provide opportunities for everyone to get involved in creative activities where they live and enhance community engagement. 

Adele Barnett-Ward, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Councillor for Leisure and Culture, said: 

"Creative activities play a crucial role in fostering community connections and individual well-being. The Seed Funding for Creative Activities initiative is a fantastic opportunity for local groups and businesses to bring people together through imaginative projects.

"The benefits to people this money will bring is just fantastic and I’m really looking forward to hearing back and seeing the difference this funding makes."

Reading Seed Funds - List of Awards




The Engine Room 


An intergenerational zine project on Dee Park Estate. 

Whitley Library


To purchase materials and resources to enable a series of creative events at the library.

Whitley Knit Wits


To enable the weekly Knit and Natter group to extend their activities and offer new sessions for children.

Art Therapy Whitley


To offer new art therapy sessions at Whitley Community Development Association

Peaceful Beginnings


To support drop in craft sessions at St Paul's Hall



To launch new Giddha (South Asian Dance) classes in Whitley

Progress Theatre


To support access costs for an inclusive production of Under Milk Wood

Whitley Community Museum


To create an audio tour of Fobney Nature and Wetland Reserve.



To build giant articulated puppets with Whitley residents.

Whitley Film


To offer film editing workshops in conjunction with Reading University

Reading Hongkongers CIC 


To support a participatory theatre production about

experience of Hongkongers moving to the UK

Green Health Thames Valley 


For arts workshops with a horticultural therapy group

Reading Golders Luncheon Club 


To support creative activities for their weekly lunch club

Apollo Youth Club 


Towards indoor craft market and workshops

Green Ways 


For sewing workshop and materials/equipment

Reading Kindness Rocks


To buy materials to enable the group to expand into Whitley.

Assisting Berkshire Children to read


For reading related creative activities for the school holidays

Greater Reading Nepalese Community Association  


For creative activities for Nepalese young people

Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain 


For materials to make costumes and a new

violin for the Ukrainian choir

The Rock Academy Foundation


To support half term music activities at Whitley

Community Cafe

103rd Reading Oxford Road Scouts


To buy materials and equipment to enable the

Beavers, Cubs and Scouts to learn creative skills.

Readings Poets Cafe 


To run poetry workshops

Utulivu Women’s Group 


To buy materials to enable women to share their creative skills with others

WhitArts Community Group 


To run creative workshops at St Agnes Church

Iota Events 


To create a scholarship for people of colour who would like to perform in drag

Berkshire Culture Connect


To buy mobile podcast equipment to capture local stories of acts of kindness

Nature Nurture 


For creative sessions in schools inspired by nature in the Cowsey

Reading Rep Theatre 


To deliver theatre workshops in two Whitley schools



To pilot creative sessions for young people who are struggling to engage with school

Whitley Library 


To deliver creative activities for two Infants Schools

Anurita Chandola 


For upcycling fashion workshop with a Whitley School

Rabble Theatre 


For playwriting workshops in schools

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