£50, 000 cash windfall for Sheffield-based arts scheme

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An innovative city scheme that helps organisations to develop arts projects has scooped a £50, 000 cash prize.

Culture Everywhere, a partnership between Sheffield-based community enterprises Better With Data Society and Ignite Imaginations, won the Heritage and Culture Award in the Open Data Challenge Series.

The national competition run by Nesta and the Open Data Institute encourages the use of public data to create innovative businesses.

Culture Everywhere won for their work to help grassroots arts organisations to make sure they are developing the right projects to serve the needs of their communities.

It does this by making data accessible from various public sources, including the National Census, Lottery Grants and Arts Council England. Organisations can then use the data-driven evidence to support funding applications that are more compelling to grants givers and corporate sponsors.

Jag Goraya, co-founder of Culture Everywhere, said: “Open data, like culture, is a powerful thing, but there’s still much to do to make it accessible and widely enjoyed.

“Our team is passionate about both, which is why we entered the challenge.

“Culture Everywhere puts open data into the hands of arts and heritage providers that don’t have the time, capacity, skills or inclination to become data experts.

“It gives them the insight and evidence to create better targeted projects that can help them engage their communities with culture.”

The team will now use the £50,000 prize to develop their service. Organisations can register their interest to work with Culture Everywhere at cultureeverywhere.com