One Final Act call for proposals (archive copy - applications now closed)
Rajni Shah Projects Ltd (RSP) is closing. In keeping with the past work of the company and its emphasis on nurture and generosity, we would like to use the remaining company funds to support a small number of projects and activities by other people. This will be the final act of RSP.
Anyone can apply to be a part of One Final Act. We are particularly keen to support people who value care, diversity, companionship, dialogue, community, listening, feminism, and perhaps cake.
For further details, please read on.
RSP officially became a Company Limited by Guarantee (registered no. 07152147) on 9th February 2010 in order to deliver a large-scale project called Glorious. The company and the project built on work that Rajni Shah had been making with other artists since 1999 in public spaces and theatres, sometimes under the name Rajni Shah Theatre. In 2013, Glorious came to an end, and RSP’s board of directors began a series of projects exploring what its role might be in the future.
Since 2013 we have worked with alternative models of leadership through the projects Lying Fallow and Finale, as a way of asking how we might best serve the community that has been building around us. We have decided that the most generous and helpful thing we can do at this moment is to formally close as a company and to invite those who have been inspired by the work we have been doing to use the remaining funds in whatever ways they personally consider most urgent and apt at this moment in time.
This ending will also mark new beginnings for each of us as we continue to work together in various ways. We see One Final Act as the follow up to Finale, embracing the idea that to mark an ending is also to create space for what might be needed now and what is to come next.
RSP has around £5,000 available, which we imagine offering in small grants from £100 to £1,000. However, the number of grants given and amount of each grant will depend on the applications we receive, and we will work as a board to support a constellation of projects and activities that we feel is most fitting as the final act of the company. You should ask for a level of funding that you feel is best for your proposed project or activity.
Other than financial assistance, we may be able to offer some advice or mentoring to successful applicants if you feel this would be helpful for your project or activity. Please state on your application if this would be of interest to you, and tell us what kind of support you would ideally like. This is not essential, and your proposal will not be disadvantaged if you do not need additional support.
Who can apply?
This project is open to anyone who wishes to apply. The funds can be used for fees, materials, access costs, childcare etc. according to your needs. We are particularly keen to support people who:
• have taken part (in any way) in RSP’s past work
• want to try an idea for the first time, and don’t have the resources at this moment to write a whole funding application, or have never written one before
• want to do something small but ongoing, like setting up a network, or a longer-term practice
• are working on a big ambitious project that they feel aligns with RSP’s values, and need additional funds
• want to document or extend some of the work RSP has done, or some of the work they have begun when working with RSP
• want to do something that is hard to fund or to justify in the rhetoric of ‘value’ that is often used in public funding – this might include: taking time out in order to lie fallow or reflect; doing an activity without an outcome; doing something artistic even though you might not call yourself a ‘professional artist’
Who is delivering this project?
This project is being delivered by Rajni Shah and Tracey Low, with support from everyone who is currently on RSP’s Board of Directors: CJ Mitchell, Helena Suarez, Mark Trezona, Mary Paterson, Rajni Shah, Susan Sheddan, and Tracey Low.
Proposals will be selected by Rajni Shah and Tracey Low with the support of the RSP board. We will prioritise applicants who we feel most share the values of RSP, to whom the funding would make the biggest difference, and who might not be able to get this funding elsewhere. There will be two stages to the process, as outlined below.
1) Stage One. Submit your expression of interest onlineHERE - the closing date for this stage is 31 October 2016.
You will need to describe your project in no more than 400 words, tell us how much money you need and what you will use it for, and tell us a bit about yourself. If you need any help filling out the form, or have questions about the process, please get in touch with us by emailing [email protected]. Please note that it may take us up to a week to get back to you, so make sure you allow time for this.
2) Depending on the number of applications, we will invite some or all applicants to have a chat with us. We will let you know whether we are able to invite you to this second stage by 30 November 2016.
3) Stage Two. This will be a face to face meeting or skype call with two members of the RSP Board of Directors so that we can find out more about you and your project or activity. These will take place in early December 2016.
4) Following the second stage meetings we will make a final decision, and successful applicants will be informed and money paid in full by 31 January 2017.
One Final Act is an attempt to actualise a spirit of sharing and solidarity. There will be no formal evaluation or reporting required – we see this as an act of trust in those to whom the funds are given. We will create a web page which lists the final constellation of projects or activities (unless you wish to remain anonymous), and we would like you to acknowledge the support you have received by talking and writing about it in whatever ways feel right to you. We would love it if this project inspires you to think about how you might support and nurture others.