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To support organisations seeking to develop and deliver high quality cultural experiences, which increase participation in the arts.

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 Foundation.

Who can apply?

All applications are required to fit with the Foundation’s 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 and 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 £1,000 and £5,000 are available
  • If your organisation has been in receipt of a grant from the Community Arts & Culture Small Grant Scheme previous to April 2021, when the upper limit was £2,500, then your organisation can only be awarded up to a maximum total award across 2 grants of £5,000 in a 12month period.
  • Organisations should not expect to receive more than £5,000 from two grants within a financial year from the Community Arts & Culture Small Grant Scheme
  • You may also apply to any of the Foundation’s other funds whilst holding a grant from this fund.

When to Apply

• Applications can be submitted at any time.
• There are no closing dates for applications.
• We will aim to provide a decision within 4 weeks of applications being received.