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  • Writer's pictureClaire Venus

Funding Opportunities for the Cultural Sector in April

This blog follows on from the blogs we published in Feb and March.

You can find those here. Some opportunities have deadlines, some are rolling opportunities.

Remember you can browse opportunities on Northumberland County Council's grant portal here. Read on for the opportunities we spotted on our online travels this month...

For individuals

  • Arts Council's Developing your Creative Practise portal is OPEN - you can apply for up to £12,000 and it's ACE most popular and competitive programme.

  • North East Cultural Freelancers and Culture Northumberland have teamed up to host a Developing your Creative Practise support session online on zoom. Details here. Leila and I would love to support you in your ideas and applications. We don't work for Arts Council - this is just a peer support session. Register here. (it's free but please consider supporting North East Cultural Freelancers by buying membership).

  • Community Foundation grants - If you're under 24 and would like to apply to Community Foundation for a one off grant to support your artist practise you can do that here.

  • Artfund have various opportunities - worth signing up for their updates. Read more here.

Creative UK have an event at Northern Stage later this month (24 April). They say -

"Creative UK is leading on a range of initiatives across the North East to provide investment and business support throughout the creative industries. We are excited to host an exclusive event where business founders can gain valuable insights into our ongoing projects, engage in conversations with our dedicated team members, and learn about the various ways they can access our support. The event will showcase informative talks by our North East team and feature an insightful industry panel discussion on the current investment landscape across the region.In addition, there will also be free pizza and drinks available for all attendees! We hope to see you there.

Register here.

For organisations

I'll weave in more trusts and foundations as the months go on but this month have a look and sign up to;

  • The Ballinger Trust are due to open their portal again this month. Their application form takes just 15 minutes. They say - "Our criteria for eligibility are that you are a charity or organisation with a charitable purpose, and that the project for which you seek funding is specifically focused on North East England. We currently prioritise those working specifically within areas of deprivation."

  • New Writing North's Gordon Burn Prize opens next month in May - all the details are here.

  • Tesco launches £5million funding for schools - From summer 2023, UK schools will be able to apply for a grant of up to £1,500 from Tesco to help give their pupils a healthier, more active, stronger start in life. The new fund, which will replace the existing Tesco Community Grants programme, expects to support 5,300 schools in its first year through grants for nutritious food and sports play activities or outdoor equipment. Schools will be able to apply for grants via Groundwork UK. Successful applications will then go to a vote in their local Tesco store, with customers being able to choose which of the projects they would like to support. Groups wishing to apply to the existing Tesco Community Grants programme should be mindful that it will come to an end this summer.

  • Lloyds Bank have a fund for CICs to apply for - more details via their webinar bookable on eventbrite on 20th April.

Addition opportunities for you;

Berwick-upon-Tweed is becoming a Culture and Creative Zone! Cultural and Creative Zones are a place-based approach to investing in the development, sustainability and growth of the cultural and creative sector aimed at regenerating high streets and local centres, improving quality of life for people and communities, and providing supportive and attractive environments for cultural and creative businesses and people to locate, start-up, grow, and flourish. Jane Shaw of Create North is hosting a programme of workshops for artists, creative practitioners and creative micro-business to get together to explore how we can all, individually and collaboratively, benefit from making the very most of the area’s assets. If you’re a painter, an illustrator, a writer, a maker of music or dance, a maker of stuff… a creative doer and you live or work between Berwick and the north shore of the Tyne, these workshops are for you. This far corner of England is crammed with unique natural, historic, and cultural riches. Many of the most familiar are represented in music, folk tales and visual arts, many others are little known and yet to be explored. These workshops will be an exploration of ideas and opportunities deriving from the development of the Creative and Cultural Zone in Berwick. Over the course of the workshop, you will:

• Explore the potential of Berwick to inspire new creative and commercial opportunities.

• Find out more about the opportunities the zone will create and how to get involved

• Find links with creative and commercial networks that may add value to your practice

• Discuss your professional development needs

• Find links with creative and commercial networks that may add value to your practise

The workshops will be festooned with opportunities to spend time with other creatives and build your networks. There are three identical workshops running throughout the day - so just book the one that suits you. They are FREE, but places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment! To register, please click here -

Thanks for your ongoing support!

If you'd like to add any opportunities to the list drop us an email and we'll be back with more opportunities next month.

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