The North East Fund for the Arts was established at the Community Foundation in May 2012. The aim of the fund is to support a range of arts activity in communities across the North East (Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham, Tees Valley) through building greater arts philanthropy.
The focus of grants is to enable community groups to access professional, quality arts activities, on their own terms. Projects could therefore engage a community in arts activity for the first time, develop their engagement, or inspire participants to seek further opportunities in the arts. The project may lead to the creation of a piece of art but an ‘end product’ is not a requirement.
A community for the purpose of grant-making is a group of people who will benefit as a result of the grant. They could be a geographical community or have a shared background, identity or interest.
Please note that this fund will prioritise applications from non-arts community and voluntary groups who wish to work with professional artists/arts organisations. We can also help find the right artist or arts organisation for your proposed project so if you have an idea but don’t know who could help you to develop it, don’t let that put you off!
Applications can be made by arts organisations but they must show a real understanding of the community they want to engage with and their input must be evidenced in the application. Unfortunately, in this year’s round the fund is only open to organisations and not individuals (including freelance artists).
To apply please complete the standard application form available on the Community Foundation website www.communityfoundation.org.uk. Please ensure you note on the application form that it is for the North East Fund for the Arts. If you are a Community Interest Company please read the Who can apply? Section on our website http://www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply