Why creativity matters Stories of creativity Stoke-on-Trent Microgrants 2021 In 2021 Creative Lives embarked on their second consecutive annual microgrant scheme in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council. In 2020 the scheme was launched as part of Get Creative At Home, and proved to be incredibly successful in supporting amateur and voluntary groups to offer creative experiences to those particularly affected by lockdown. In 2021, with restrictions easing, our partners at Stoke-on-Trent Council were keen to repeat the microgrant scheme as part of Get Creative Outdoors, to encourage groups to return, in a safe way, to working with communities in outdoor public spaces. With a total of £2000 pledged to the scheme by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, we were able to grant 10 groups between £100-200 each to fund hyper-local creative community events outdoors during the summer months of 2021. One participant in the Collective Skills Project said: I think there should be more projects like this! The kids really enjoyed being out with nature (as well as the grown ups!) It was lovely to see how creative they got and learning about all the different leaves and flowers we collected. Get an overview of the microgrant beneficiary projects in the publication below.