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  • Writer's pictureClaire Venus

Funding Opportunities for the Cultural, Creative and Heritage Sector in June

Welcome back to another blog post exploring the funding and sponsorship opportunities I've spotted on my online travels this month. I separate the opportunities out for individuals and companies to make it clearer where you can apply.



This is the fifth blog in the series, some of the opportunities aren't time sensitive so please check out other posts and sign up to funder mailing lists that feel aligned with your work;



Evergreen opportunities to increase your fundraising knowledge


  • This incredibly useful blog from Northumberland based professional fundraiser Katherine Williams. Katherine shares her knowledge from a long career in fundraising for culture and heritage and some top tips.

  • Are you signed up to Arts Professional updates for events and jobs? Well worth being on their mailing list.

  • Audio recording of our Arts Council's Developing your Creative Practise funding workshop attending by 20 participants. Leila at North East Cultural Freelancers and Claire at Culture Northumberland came together to answer questions, share notes on paying yourself properly and lots more about step change and ambition. Access it here for free. The next round of DYCP will open later this year.

  • Fundraising and sponsorship for your Creative project idea. I led this workshop for my creative community of artists, cics and ltd companies - If you are based in Northumberland, you are welcome to access it for free, please email if you'd like access.

  • How is your relationship with your local Town Council? Could you write to them about an idea you have to deliver activity in your town? Worth checking with individual towns how they would like to receive applications and whether they'll fund individuals.

  • Top Tips for match funding blog from Culture Northumberland


For individuals (writers, artists, creatives, makers)


For companies/ partnerships

  • New from Community Foundation - funding arts activity in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland

  • Pilgrims Trust projects supporting young women's mental health.

  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation say - We want to widen access and deepen participation in the arts We believe in the power of the arts as a force for change, and one that enriches people’s lives and communities. We want to ensure that a wider and more diverse group of people have access to quality artistic practice, both as audiences and participants.

  • The Foyle Foundation say they want to support arts activity. Read more and apply here.

  • I don't know much about this organisation but thought it was worth exploring. Fund Onion say they match SME's with funders.

  • Have you explored/ set up opportunities for businesses/ corporate clients to support your work. Here's a great example by North East based theatre company Unfolding Theatre.

  • Could you support a local community or school to apply to Tescos for their community grant? You cant apply as a CIC but you could support another partner to apply in partnership with you?

  • The Big Give focus on match funding - there's a bit to get your head around but well worth signing up to read more.

  • National Lotteries Heritage Fund



An update on Creative People and Places projects in the North (CPP)

https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/cpp-projects-north - make sure you're registered for artist commission opportunities where ever you'd like to travel.


A call out from an artist - let's make fundraising more accessible.

  • Read Trina's blog and help her with her funding research that will help us all to raise more funding for our beautiful businesses and project work.


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