Northern Heartlands Community Initiative Fund

Northern Heartlands Community Initiative Fund

Grant Range: Up to £5,000 (up to £10,000 in exceptional circumstances)
Grant Duration: up to 12 months from grant award date
Closing Date: Round 3 – 30th November 2018
Grant Award Date: Round 3 - announced by end January 2019

Northern Heartlands works with local communities to celebrate and increase their understanding and appreciation of their natural, industrial and cultural heritage.

Through this round of our Community Initiative Fund Northern Heartlands aims to:

  • Help people and communities influence future change by better understanding their past
  • Help strengthen people’s sense of belonging and identity in the place/locality/landscape where they live
  • Provide opportunities for communities to come together in projects using arts, culture and heritage to support greater prosperity and/or improved health and well-being
  • Provide opportunities to help arts, culture and heritage organisations to collaborate with each other
  • Help people to have more access to arts, cultural and heritage activities, places and events.

Northern Heartlands covers the areas of Teesdale and Weardale, and the towns of Crook, Willington, Tow Law, Bishop Auckland, Shildon and Barnard Castle.

Projects should aim to fulfil one or more of the five aims through exploring the cultural heritage of the area, the landscape, its effect on health and wellbeing and celebration of local distinctiveness.

Projects should include an element of arts, culture or heritage; by ‘arts’ we mean visual art, digital art, photography, film, theatre, music, dance, combined arts and crafts, circus skills.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Northern Heartlands team to discuss their project in advance of making an application to ensure a good fit with Northern Heartlands activity across the area.

Examples of the types of projects we might support include:

  • Working with a professional artist or arts organisation to celebrate your local landscape, its stories and legends and its importance today
  • Working with agricultural shows to create new cultural elements within their programmes
  • Exploring traditional skills/crafts/music/dance/stories relating to the Northern Heartlands’ area
  • Exhibitions and/or performances that link with our aims
  • Projects using arts/culture/heritage to explore the impact of our place and our landscape on physical and mental health
  • Support for local creative industries and arts/cultural/heritage projects that support economic growth in our area
  • Transport initiatives that enable more people to access arts/cultural/heritage events in our area
  • Projects that include enabling people from outside the area to discover and learn more about the Northern Heartlands area and to visit the area
  • Projects that link with and add value to existing arts and heritage projects and the Durham Festivals such as Brass Festival, Lumiere and Durham Book Festival
  • Projects that link with and add value to the Northern Heartlands main programme. (See Northern Heartlands’ website for details and latest updates:
  • Projects that help people find out more about their landscape. This could include using a professional artist or arts organisation to help your group undertake a Local Landscape Character Assessment (LLCA)* or create a neighbourhood plan.
  • Projects that use arts, culture or heritage to develop ideas for the future or influence policy making and decisions.

Steps to apply for this grant

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Grant Guidelines

Round 3: Applications can be submitted through to 30th November 2018

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