Community Arts & Culture Small Grants Scheme

The aim of the Community Arts & Culture Grants Scheme is to support community organisations in County Durham seeking to develop and deliver high quality cultural experiences, which increase participation in the arts.

The project is an initiative by Durham County Council (DCC) Culture & Sport service which is match funded by the County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF). All applications are required to fit with CDCF funding criteria and demonstrate that they meet the DCC objective of more people of all ages and abilities engaging and participating in cultural experiences. In addition all projects will need to demonstrate impact against one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Enhanced opportunities for children & young people
  • Improved levels of wellbeing through engagement in community arts
  • Prioritise work with disadvantaged communities, and underrepresented groups e.g. disability, BAME, LGBT
  • Improved and enhanced skills for grant recipients to improve capacity, quality and sustainability of activity

Size of Grant Available

  • Grants of between £500 and £2,000 are available
  • You can hold more than one grant from this fund, up to a maximum of £2000
  • Organisations should not expect to receive repeat funding from the Grants Scheme

When to Apply – Application Deadlines

  • Applications can be submitted at any time. There are no closing dates for applications.
  • The panel will meet four times a year in March, June, October, January
  • You will receive a decision within 2 weeks after the panel meetings

Steps to apply for this grant

Apply Online - Applications can be submitted at any time. Applications submitted by Sunday 6th January will be considered at the January panel meeting.

Grant Guidelines