RIO now welcomes applications to the fourth round of the Bridge Challenge Fund.

As Bridge organisation for the South West of England RIO is not a grant-giving body, however we do recognise the need to develop new forms of cultural investment. As such this fund will provide leveraged investment to support organisations, commissioners and partnerships who are unlocking income that has never before supported cultural education activity for young people.

The Challenge Fund is open to any organisation or partnership working with or supporting children and young people in the Arts Council England defined region of South West England (excluding Hampshire and the Isle of Wight) – either strategically or at grassroots level. They can be working in the cultural sector, educational and children and young people’s sector, or in another area entirely but with a desire and evidenced need to engage with high quality cultural education for children and young people.

RIO's Bridge Challenge Fund will be accepting proposals requesting match funding from £20,000 to £75,000. The deadline for applications to Round 4 is Thursday 31 July 2014.

For more information and to apply to the fund please download the documents below:
Challenge Fund - Outline
Challenge Fund - Selection Criteria
Challenge Fund - Expression of Interest