The Newcastle Culture Investment Fund is a grant programme for independent cultural organisations working in the Newcastle City Council area.
The Fund will support cultural activities that fulfil the Newcastle Vision for Culture as well as the Council’s aims for the city. Specifically, the fund will enable the development of a rich, diverse and accessible independent cultural sector in Newcastle that reflects the creative needs and aspirations of all residents and visitors, and gives them the opportunity to participate in the creative activity of their choice. The Fund will therefore support a wide portfolio of art forms and types of work within the constraints of the funding available. Grants from the Fund will help increase participation in creative activity and grow the contribution of cultural activity to the social, educational and economic well-being in the city.
The core resources for the Fund are provided through the Community Foundation by Newcastle City Council. The Foundation holds and manages the Fund and award grants in line with the criteria and processes agreed with the Council. The Foundation has appointed an independent Fund panel, which includes two Newcastle City Councillors as well as other independent members who are in the majority. The Chair is one of the independent members. The Foundation will award grants from the Fund on the basis of the panel’s recommendations.
The Fund is now open to applications for projects that will take place between 1st April 2020 and 31st March 2021.
The maximum sum available for each project is £10,000.
The deadline for applications is 9.00am on Monday 18 November 2019.
No awards will be made for core costs in this application round.
This fund does not replace the Newcastle Fund which will be continuing to give grants, including to the arts, for work that fulfils the aims of the Council and the Newcastle Fund.
We will not support:
Once your application has been received it will be checked to make sure it includes all the information we need. If there is any information missing we will contact you. Applications will not be assessed unless all the required information has been provided.
Eligible applications will then be assessed by The Community Foundation. Assessments may be done over the phone or through a visit depending on the proposal and whether the organisation is well known to the Foundation.
Reports on assessed applications will be presented by Foundation staff to our independent panel. Reports will include an appraisal of how well each application meets the Fund criteria and whether it should be considered a high, medium or low priority, or be rejected.
The panel will then agree its recommendations on which applications to support from the Fund. The Foundation will then award grants on the basis of these recommendations following ratification by its Board of trustees.
About your organisation
Questions we may consider during assessment:
How you will meet the aims of the fund
All applications to the Newcastle Culture Investment Fund must show how their proposed activity will support the Newcastle Vision for Culture. In addition, it must address the Newcastle City Council Health and Social Care aim for the city plus at least one other from the list. Full details on the priority area themes can be found on the city council’s website,
Questions we may consider during assessment, whilst recognising that an applicant does not have to address all of the above aims:
The following document may be of use when compiling this information but are only suggested to help your thinking.
The budgets and audited accounts provided elsewhere by applicants will give us most of the information we need to carry out our financial assessment, however applicants must also tell us the following.
Questions we will consider during assessment:
Other issues that will be taken into account
In order to ensure that Newcastle City Council is able to support as wide a range of cultural activity as possible, the Fund panel will be asked to take into account the availability and effect of other Council sources of support and funding for applicant organisations, including Ward Committee funds, the Newcastle Fund, and capital investment/loans facilitated or provided by the authority.
If applicants are in receipt of, or planning on applying for, support from any of these funds, they will be required to declare them on the application form. The Community Foundation will then take views from Council staff and include the information in the assessment. However, the panel is independent and free to reach its own conclusions on which grants to recommend whether or not such other support is in place.
Payments are made once grants have been ratified by the Community Foundation’s Board and the relevant paperwork has been returned to the Foundation by the grantee. Payments will be made at the beginning of the financial year once monies for the Fund have been received by the Community Foundation from Newcastle City Council.
Grant payments may be split into instalments depending on the proposed budget.
Progress reports every 6 months and an end of grant monitoring are mandatory.
This is an online application process available via the "Apply online" button above.
Before applying you must speak to the Community Foundation to discuss your application. Applications received where there has been no preliminary discussion may be rejected regardless of the eligibility and quality of the application.
As well as a completed application applicants will need to provide:
You may be asked to supply further supporting documents as part of the assessment process, but you should not include any other material in your application other than that set out above.
As with all applications to the Community Foundation, there may be an opportunity for an application to be presented to other funds held at the Community Foundation if applicable. We will inform you if other funds are interested in supporting your work