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

The 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.

Who can apply?

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 fulfill 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.

Size of Grant Available

Up to £5,000

When to Apply

Closing Date: midnight on Friday 31st May 2019
Grant Award Date: Late July 2019

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.