11th Jan 2022

Photo: Curious Monkey, a local organisation who have been funded by NCIF.

The Community Foundation are seeking applications for panel members to join two arts and culture focused fund panels. It represents a great volunteering opportunity and the chance to be involved in impactful decision-making processes and contribute to the ecology of our thriving cultural sector. Interested candidates are asked to contact Jo Cundall at the Community Foundation using the details at the bottom of the page. 

We are looking for artists, particularly those with experience of working in community and participatory settings to help make decisions about the distribution of funding. Artists can be from any number of disciplines including but not limited to: visual arts, theatre, dance, literature and music. 

We value diversity and are particularly interested in hearing from people with protected characteristics. 

The roles are voluntary but in line with our volunteers policy, volunteers will be reimbursed travel and other agreed out of pocket expenses. Our volunteers policy can be seen here

There are two positions available, one for each of the following funds: 

Queen Platinum Jubilee 

The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund is a £5 million programme that will support community and voluntary organisations in England to develop creative and cultural activities as part of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022. This panel will help to distribute money across the region. 

You can read more about the fund here: https://www.ukcommunityfoundations.org/news/arts-council-jubilee-fund.   

For prospective candidates: 

  • It is one-time commitment for this year only, with a meeting in mid-March (between 17 and 23 March). 
  • Candidates would be joining a panel of between 5 and 7 people which includes a member of the Community Foundation board, an Arts Council representative, and some existing panel members from another fund (North East Fund for the Arts). 
  • It is anticipated that some decisions, for the smaller end of the grant range (£750- £2,000) can be made over email and the panel meeting will look at the upper end of the range (over £2,000). 

Newcastle Culture Investment Fund (NCIF)

Newcastle City Council’s Cabinet have recently confirmed the authority’s £622,500 a year support for the Newcastle Culture Investment Fund is to continue until 2026. The fund distributes grants to local arts and culture organisations through the Foundation. 

You can read more about the fund here: https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/citylife-news/thousands-benefit-ps3-million-investment-culture

For prospective candidates: 

  • The commitment would be for the next three years with annual panel meetings in January/February. 
  • The next meeting is scheduled for Mon 4 April and will be to award £100k of projects grants for 22/23 
  • Applicants should be aware that the core funding round for 2022-25 has already happened 
  • Candidates would be joining an existing panel of 5 people, made up of a Community Foundation trustee, a Newcastle City Councilor, a member of the Newcastle Culture Compact and 2 independent consultants with experience in public health funding and the creative industries. 

If you would like to apply for one or both of these panels, please email Jo Cundall: jc@communityfoundation.org.uk  

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