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 £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

  • The panel will meet four times a year in January, March, June and October.
  • The next panel meeting will take place on Thursday, 19th September 2019 and the closing date for applications to this panel is Sunday 1st September 2019.
  • Deadline for the next applications is 1st December 2019 and no applications will be accepted after this date for the next panel date of the 19th December 2019
  • You will usually receive a decision within 2 weeks of panel meeting.